Day 81 - Lake Powell to Bryce Canon - Utah (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Early morning sleep for Taya is spent down at the boat ramp with Rich watching the boats heading out for the day. Rich dreams of having one of these one day. After breakfast the girls have a leisurely morning nap time, stroll along the shore of lake Powell, and spot another few large eared rabbits hopping about. This morning we head out onto Lake Powell on a boat trip to a place called Antelope Canyon. We meet at the lodge near our campground and Taya draws in the American grannies for a chat whilst we wait.

Down to the Marina to board our boat. We are supplied with headsets for the commentary whilst we are on the trip. Dylan wants his own so he can listen to the stories. Taya just wants to eat Emma's, so we get her another one for herself. We get to the end of the first info snippet and Dylan says loudly "I want that one again" much to the amusement of people around us. This is what he says when he likes a song on the radio or a programme on the tv, however many times we explain that we can't choose what comes on.

The Lake is beautiful, and its much cooler once we get moving. The commentary is interesting and informative, and we learn lots about the founding and formation of the lake, the areas of the country it serves with water, and the sandstone walls that surround it.

As we sail further up the lake we near Antelope Canyon. Basically, the walls of the lake start to narrow creating a channel for us to pass through. The canyon winds around in many twists and turns and gets narrower and higher as we move through. It's really pretty with the bright water set against white and orange rock walls.

Dylan has recently learnt the difference between a pilot and a pirate, or so we thought, until he thinks the boat driver is a pirate. Lesson re taught, a pirate is like a boat robber.

We have a picnic on the boat as we set off back to land. Quick race with the oldies up a steep hill back to the car park ready to travel to our next destination.

It's about a 3 hour drive to Bryce Canyon National Park and Emma is at the wheel. Most of the journey is interesting and pretty. It's really nice to drive with big wide open roads and zero traffic. As we approach Bryce, the rocks start to get redder and more orange, and we see some evidence of interesting rock formations that we hope to see within the national park. We pass through two huge rock arches across the road. We stop to take a picture and Dylan thinks we have stopped because the campervan is too wide to fit through. We breathe in and make it.

We are staying at Ruby's Inn RV Campground about a mile and a half from the entrance to Bryce National Park. We have booked for three nights here. It seems to be a little bit of everything - shopping area, post office, restaurants, gas (petrol) station, hotel, motel and campground. It's like a little town in itself.

Our pitch is small but fine and we have a great grassy area just opposite us for the children to play. It's a beautiful sunny day but noticeably cooler as we are at 8000ft now. It's very pleasant.

We hook up, then take a stroll to see where everything is. We take the easy option for dinner and go to the buffet at the restaurant. Our favourite type of restaurant where under 3s eat free.We'll miss all our freebies when Dylan turns 3 in September. It's great for Dylan to be able to choose his meal at these places -fish, mashed potato, rice, corn bread and baked beans. We let him choose how much he needs of each. His dinner plate is full and he eats about three quarters. Also excellent for Taya, as we can just pick out some good foods for her and some new choices. The beef stew is the biggest hit, as she so far hasn't had any soft beef, just chewed on steak pieces. Ice creams for pudding, and we are all stuffed to bursting.

We have changed time zones yet again as we are back in Utah by an hour so it's an hour later than in Lake Powell. We change to local time the day after we arrive anywhere for feed bed and nap times which has worked well so far. We think we stay on this time for quite sometime now.

The boys head to the swimming pool for their evening activity tonight. A very quick dip in a cool pool before Rich drags Dylan around the shops for a few supplies. He is not too bothered when he spots his favourite shopping basket which has wheels to drag about. After 20 mins of taking out tourists ankles at every bend we head back to the van.

A little more Bryce National Park research tonight to decide on a plan for the next few days. Really excited to see what this one has in store for us, the reviews are fantastic.
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