I should've been a cowboy- not!

Trip Start Sep 14, 2010
Trip End Oct 09, 2010

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hi folks!!
Today was our third day out west and we
laid in bed all day... HAHA. Drove 1 and a half hours to Bryce Canyon
NP and it was a beautiful ride. Once there we immediately started to
Sunrise Point and after we had looked around we started on the
Queen's Garden trail which dropped down in elevation 580 feet. That
was a beautiful hike but unfortunately no matter how beautiful the
hike is you have to get back UP:( The Queen's Garden trail was a
hilly but non strenuousness. Once down the trail there was a fork in
the path and one way went up to the Queen's Garden and the other way
went on the Navajo loop. I went alone up to the Queen's Garden
(because mom and dad wanted to rest!) There was a bunch of rocks that
supposedly looked like queens siting around a bigger rock called
Queen Victoria. I didn't really see the other queens but could see
Queen Victoria. Then after my journey I met up with them and we
continued on the rocky Navajo loop. After a while we came to a HUGE
rock and behind it a meadow/pile of rocks of course I wanted to have
a look so I scaled,climbed, and slid all around there then dad came
over and he said and I quote

" Hey, lets cut across and save
some time..." well all that did was make us miss our turn off so
we had to go BACK a ways. After that it was uphill and I mean UPHILL
we had to go up that 580ft in half a mile. It was all pretty good
until then after that dad and mom wheezed and huffed for the next
half an hour after we finished (ok maybe I did a little bit to but
not much!) After everyone got their breath back mom insisted that we
lay down and rest a bit. I claimed that I wasn't tired but I took a
little snooze! Then we headed to the corral for the bumpiest
roughest mule/horse ride I have ever had...(so what if I had only
ridden a carousel they said I would do fine!) Ok I made it but I will
definitely say that I still hurt in a few areas. My mule's name was
Sidestep... hooray... but she did fine. Rhonda the b-day girl got
Croppy and James got Kemper, we all made it. Our guide John Henry was
very informative. Finally after that we went to Subway. I was
starved. Then after a quick bite to eat we went on an 8th of a mile
hike to Mossy Cave which was very neat. Then I blazed a trail across
the creek and climbed up a couple hundred ft hill and jumped through
a hole in the rock and did the famous HEY!! C.D. B. and Emma G. will
understand. Then did a slid down to where my parents were waiting.
Then I hopped in the car and went to the general store. Afterward we
went to sunset point and then went came back to the lodge.
I miss you guys and girls and will post

Bryce Canyon was unlike anything we have ever seen.  The colors are amazing.  We had heard that the sky looked an unreal shade of blue, but when we saw it we were astonished.  It was VERY blue and clear. I think we counted 3 clouds in the sky.

The National Park Service recommended the Queens Garden/ Navajo Loop trail as one that was not to be missed.  They also recommended hiking it in a clockwise position.  I have learned never to trust the government after this hike.  The way down was smooth and easy.  They saved the 600 foot elevation hike for the last portion of the trail and it was rough on James and I coming up!  The rock formations were worth it.  The 2 bridges made out of rock were neat to see.  

I highly recommend the 2 hour mule/horse trail ride into the canyon.  You do get sore, but it is a neat experience.  We were going to do the 1/2 day tour, but James and I began to get scared that we might be too sore to move so we switched it.  We are glad we did.  The guide did a nice job and we did get a good shot of us on our mules.  I tried Michelle M. advice- I did not let that mule know that I was a bit scared and it did wonderful!
The cowboys were kind to tell Noah at least 3 times..."That's a hell of a pair of sunglasses you got there, boy!"  Nice.

The Mossy Cave hike was a favorite of ours.  You don't see water out here very often so to see a running stream and to hear it as well was very enjoyable to us.  Noah went out on his own exploring and even got to go through a window in a hoodoo.

Sunset Point was nice- lots of people were on the rim but if you hiked down a few feet it was empty.  James got a nice shot this way.  Just a note for you photographers- the NPS employee said that every photo/picture on the walls in the Visitor's Center were taken at sunRISE.  

On the way out of the park we saw a bunch of large deer, mostly does but at least 2 large bucks.  I couldn't stop to get a picture but they both had large racks.  

We are trying to make the most of each day- it is very difficult for us to keep going after 8 o'clock, but we are giving it a shot.    

Our cell phones have absolutely no coverage out here so e-mail us if you need us.

Hope you all are doing well and know that we wish you all were here.


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Christin on

You are an inspiration. We can put you on a motivational poster. How many days like this until you won't be able to get out of bed?! The scenery was breathtaking!! Rhonda, I sent your link to Shelley today after soccer. Missing you guys!

Sam on

Although your pics are great, you still can't capture the beauty in a pic. You have to see it with your own eyes. Bryce is one of my favorite parks because the wind and rain have cut some beautiful scenes.

Hang tough. Sleep when you get home. More beauty to see. Still think you should have taken me and left Noah at home to watch the dog. Only kidding Noah. NO I'M NOT.

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