Bryce Canyon NP

Trip Start Aug 01, 2008
Trip End Aug 30, 2008

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

We headed out earlier to the dismay of the kids who I am convinced would sleep until noon each day if they had any say in things.  Thank God we make all the important decisions.  Once again, we headed towards Zion with a quick stop to a Doggie Dude Ranch for the Breen's lab Cocco and our little Abby.  Cocco stayed there yesterday while we explored Zion and Abby spent the day in our air conditioned RV back at the campground.  However, today was going to be a longer day and we thought correctly that Abby would be safer at this kennel with Cocco.  Things you have to consider when you bring your pet on a trip like this.  Anyway, we headed into Zion and took the tunnel where they shut down oncoming traffic for RVs.  It was pretty cool and the kids thought it was fun with the typical kid ideas like "let's stop in the middle" .  The trip to Bryce took two hours and was scenic and not very busy traffic wise.  Bryce has a limited shuttle system to Bryce Point and a few other close areas to the main Visitor's Center.  We decided to head to the top of the Canyon since Bryce Point has three RV spots and a total parking lot area about the size of my backyard at home.  Silly.  They either should fully commit to a shuttle system or use some of the 283,000 acres for accessibility.  Regardless, the sites were amazing as the pics suggest but don't really capture entirely.  We hiked down the Ponderosa trail which was marked strenuous and with bear activity.  Well, I wanted to hike so we started down a really well maintained trail which was being rebuilt.  This trail brought us to some of the nicest overlooks and there was no one on it, not even a bear.  The hike back up was long but the scenery made up for it.  After some gift shopping, we headed back and picked up two happy dogs.
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