Bryce Canyon - Land of the Hoodoos!

Trip Start Aug 2007
Trip End Aug 2007

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Well, Lyn and I have always wanted to come here, and now we have! Another fantastic day. We headed out at about 11.30, all packed up with plenty of water and a picnic. Bryce is only about an hour away, and we got to go past Red Canyon, which looked really interesting. If we had more time I'd love to explore there. We stopped off at Ruby's Inn on the outskirts of Bryce, so we could finally get WI FI access and send this blog so far. We then drove into Bryce, and went right to the outskirts of the park, and had our picnic at Rainbow Point. The view was amazing, you can see for 200 miles, even down into New Mexico. We then drove back down through the park, stopping off at different points. My favourite was Inspiration Point, where you can really see the hoodoos in all their glory. The kids were fascinated, they thought they looked like soldiers on guard; Tegs thought they looked like Romans, and Io thought they looked like Zulus! They are the most amazing red colour, the photographs just don't do them justice.
We went on then to Sunset Point, where we hiked on the Navajo Loop Trail, which goes right down through the hoodoos of the Silent City into the canyon, The trail was originally a loop through 100 foot canyon walls called Wall St, but the trail is now blocked off at the bottom, due to a big rockslide there last May, when a load of boulders fell, blocking the path. Lyn was gutted we couldn't go right through it. The descent was really eerie, we descended lower and lower, from over 8000 feet, right down, where it got much cooler. The only problem with going have to go right back up! Tegs and I bravely yomped back up slowly, hearts beating fast, faces bright red, but we did it! Aching legs tonight though!
Lyn and Ioan headed back down another path then, down into another part of the Silent City, past a crazy famous hoodoo called Thor's Hammer, which looks like someones balanced a big boulder in a really stupid place!
We've taken hundreds of photos, but none do it justice. You'll just have to come out and see it for yourselves!
Grand Canyon North Rim tomorrow; more jaw dropping views!
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