Hoodoos and Astronomy at Bryce...

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

June 17 - by Emma

Today we woke up and made my dad a good breakfast because it was father's day! We had a blubbery crumble cake with milk, but my dad had coffee instead. We also got him a card, fish lures, coupons, and new pens.  After that we drove into Bryce Canyon.  The drive wasn’t too long because we stayed at a campsite that was right next to Bryce last night. When we got there we went in the visitor’s center to get our junior ranger books.  After that we went to the campground and then we got settled in the RV, and then we went on a hike to sunset point where there was a ranger program.  The hike was only one mile there and one mile back.  When we got to where the ranger program was going to be we sat down, and the ranger did his program on Geology.  I learned that Bryce canyon is not really a canyon because it does not have a river running in it.  Then we got our books signed and we went to the RV, and then ate lunch. After that we went on a bus tour which was 3.5 hours long. The bus was really nice because they had good seats, a bathroom in the back, and movie screens.  On the bus tour we went all the way to the other side of Bryce, and stopped at Rainbow point.  There we could see really cool rock formations that were shaped like animals.  On the way back we stopped at some cool viewpoints too.  My favorite ones were the Natural Bridges.   My favorite formation was a rock shaped like a poodle!  On the way back from the bus tour I rested a bit until someone said that there were pronghorn with 2 babies.   I looked up and saw the babies which were really small and cute. When we got back to the visitors center we looked in the gift shop, and then hiked back to the RV.  When we got there we ate some dinner, and then went to bed.

June 18 - by Madison

Today we went on the most famous hike in Bryce, and this hike is called the Queen Garden/Navajo Loop Trail.  I was really excited to go on this hike because a lot of people think that this is a wonderful hike, and also because you can go down into the canyon.  About 1 mile into the hike I was thinking that this isn’t the best hike ever because it wasn’t as pretty as I thought it would be.  One part of the hike, called Wall Street, was really amazed me.  I really liked this part of the canyon because when I looked up at the canyon walls the colors stood out and it was shaded.   I really liked Wall Street, and I wish the whole canyon was like that.  Even though this was really amazing I thought that the rest of the canyon wasn’t as impressive as I expected.  Sometimes when people create great expectations, the results are disappointing!  Once we finished the hike, I observed that when you are in the canyon you can only see a couple of the Hoodoos when you look up, and when you look down into the canyon you see all the Hoodoos in that area.  I liked looking at the hoodoos from above because I could see a lot more, and the colors stood out better.  Once we got back to the RV we ate lunch and rested for a little bit.   After that we went on a bus ride to Bryce Point.  I thought that Bryce Point was a lot better than any of the other view point that we have been to because the hoodoos looked like candles flickering in a church room.  I would love this as a backyard!   We are going to come here tomorrow for sunrise, and I am really excited for this.  After we left Bryce Point we went to the RV to eat dinner and get ready for an astronomy program.  This program was about the damage that lights cause to the dark sky.  Once we got to the astronomy program I could tell that this was going to be a very good program because of the way it was set-up.  I thought that the program was really funny because they used the same music, graphics and introduction that Star Wars uses.   I learned that the east coast has the most light pollution because of all the cities.  The cities use lights that shine everywhere: up, down, and side to side.  This is a waste of energy and a they shine everywhere instead of shining just where it is needed.  I also learned that to lower the cost of your electricity bill you need to turn off your lights at night.  This is also so robbers can’t invade your house, because a robber is going to study the houses where they can look in the windows to investigate where the alarm systems are.  If your lights are off then you are safe when you think about the robbers, and you are also saving money.  The most interesting facts that I learned was that the building that lets out the most light is….. the Luxor in Las Vegas!  Another interesting fact is that New York City has the most concentration of telescopes.  I thought that this was interesting because New York City has a lot of light pollution, so even with a telescope people can’t see very much.  What I thought was really weird is a small town in Alaska has the most light Pollution.  This was really interesting because the town contains of 47 people living in it!  The reason for the pollution is because of oil drilling, where the natural gas is burned off because the oil companies don’t want to spend the money to build the pipeline to send it south.  After we finished the program we went to the Visitor Center to look through a couple of telescopes.  I saw Saturn, Mars, a whole different Galaxy, star clusters, and a space satellite!  My favorite was Saturn because I could see the whole thing, including the rings.   I really liked the star programs here because the sky is one of the darkest in the world and this park has the best Star Rangers (that is a fact that the ranger told us!).  After we looked at all of the objects we went back to the RV and then went to bed.  I had the best stargazing day anybody could ever have.

June 19 - by Emma

Today my dad woke me up really early because he was going to see the sunset.  When he woke me up I didn’t really want to go because I was tired.  While my dad was gone I fell asleep quickly.  When I woke up again it was 8:00 and I was really hungry.  My dad said that I could get some breakfast once we got to the next view point, and it was called fairytale point.  Once I was done eating, my sisters and I went on a 1.5 mile hike to see the rock formations.   I saw many cool shapes in the rock, and I think fairytale point is a really good name for this place.  I especially liked the rock that was shaped like a horse.  I really liked this hike better than Navajo loop because you could see a lot more objects in the rock.  Also I liked this hike because you could go as far as you wanted, and you would see a least 1 cool thing.   After the hike we drove to the visitors center to get our junior ranger badge, and since we did Navajo loop yesterday we got an extra pin!!  After we got our pin we drove to our campsite.  When we got there the first thing we did was get something to eat because we were all so hungry.  When we were done eating we did an IXL, and worked on a different Jr. Book.  After we were done with our work we went to the pool and swam.  Then we took a quick shower, walked to the RV, ate dinner, and then we went to bed.       

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Dave Lichter on

Wow . . . what an experience and such a unique opportunity for all of you!

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