Hoodoo Voodoo Works Its Magic
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
147Trip End Jan 25, 2012
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Mark felt compelled to run down to the canyon floor and back before we rode back to camp for dinner
The following morning, we left the dogs at camp to run across the canyon from Bryce Point to Sunrise Point. There's a shuttle service here, and we hoped on for the 2 mile drive to the start of our run. It was supposed to be 4.5 miles from one end to the other, but it certainly felt like much more than that. Running down the canyon side is easy, but we quickly started to climb up again as we moved in and out of the spires and through several arches along the trail. Mark darted off ahead of me, and I did my best to run up as many inclines for as long as I could stand it. It's still hard to run up these steep uphills at this altitude. When I got to the final climb out of the canyon, it was a doozie. Very steep and much longer than I would have guessed from the side we ran down. I was huffing and puffing despite slowing to a walk at this point. The crowds had picked up by now, and people on their way down seemed concerned for me. One offered me water. A few others gave me encouragement. If I'd had any breath to spare, I'd have explained that I'd run most of the way from the other side of the canyon. But, I didn't. A weak smile and a thanks were all I could get out.
We'd noticed on the map that this campground was right next to a large reservoir just on the other side of the Bryce Canyon Park boundary. By following some forest roads/ATV trails, we were able to navigate over to the side without too much trouble. I felt a bit sorry for the folks on an ATV tour, as it has to be a bit deflating to realize that a 9 by 23 foot Sprinter Van is able to traverse the same roads that you think are just for dune buggies.
When we arrived at the campground, we quickly realized that there were no lake views from this site. It was only 1/2 mile away, but far enough that we lost the atmosphere we were hoping for -- along with our prior campsite back in the park. We did venture down to the water to splash around for a bit. Woo! It was chilly. Samson loved splashing around, and it was a bright, sunny afternoon. We had a quiet evening and were ready to head out early the next morning. Next stop -- Zion.