|Cattle crossing the road|
We were driving on the ridge of a mountain here.
Literally, on either side of the road, the land
just dropped straight down. Terrifying!
|This reminded us of The Painted Dessert|
|It looked like a city of sand castles.|
|We spotted a lizard scurrying across the trail.|
After the trail, we went on up to Bryce Canyon and made our first stop at the visitor center to take in the 20-minute informational video. It was about this time I got a text from my buddy, Cindy, from back home. She and her family were out west on vacation as well. We had originally compared itineraries and knew that at some point along the trip we would be passing each other somewhere along the way. Turns out, we were both in the same park on the same day. Once again, go across the country and see someone you know from back home! Crazy! So we met up, chatted for a few minutes about our travels, compared the cracks in our windshields (they got one too), and said, “See ya in a couple of weeks!” After us being on the road for seven weeks, it was nice to see a familiar face, especially one that belonged to a friend!
Bryce Canyon was more of a drive-thru park where you jump out at the pullouts, take a small walk to the overlook for the view, and then hop back into your car to drive to the next viewpoint. There were a couple of hikes, but we decided to save our energy for our planned hike at Zion the next day, so we kept to the car drive. Most of my pictures are of the “Hoo-doos.” These rock formations were created throughout the years as a result of ice and snow melt during the day that refreezes at night. This happens approximately 200 days a year. The pressure of the melt/refreeze process forces the rocks apart from inside the cracks, monsoon rains remove the debris, and holes called windows are formed. When the windows collapse, they create the rust-colored pinnacles in the pictures below. Seeing all those “hoodoos” for miles and miles was an amazing thing to see.
|Check out this tree's roots.|
|The white formations looked like people.|
|The formations in the background are Hoodoos.|
|More strange tree roots|
|A whole canyon of Hoodoos - they were gorgeous!|
As we were leaving the park, we spotted some pronghorns and some prairie dogs and couldn’t resist stopping for a picture.
|Pronghorns, sometimes mistaken for antelope|
|Prairie dogs - they were so cute!|
|There were actually two rainbows!|
|The sun was setting, and it was gorgeous!|
We finally found an "E" on a mountainside like the "A"
we found earlier in our trip. Of course, we dubbed
this one "Emilee Mountain."