Next stop...Bryce Canyon!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, July 9, 2006

It's a chilly morning outside Bryce Canyon at Ruby's Inn where we stayed last night. Ruby (Reuben) and his family started hosting guests years ago and now have a really nice rustic inn, restaurant, store and horseback riding with the closest location to Bryce Canyon. On our way in last night, we passed through an area called Red Rock with amazing red rock formations and that's where we're going horseback riding this morning.

We grabbed a hearty breakfast and met our wranglers in the lobby. They're nice young guys who's life is roping, bull riding, and going to rodeos. Our guy, Trevor, told us that the local rodeo was really great the night before. He won the bull riding and made $40 and they pay them $5 to ride. He was thrilled, but I thought..."Is he crazy?" I couldn't believe they got paid such little money, but I shared with Keegan and Collin that there motivation wasn't financial but the love and passion for the sport. A great little life lesson for them!!!

Our trail ride through the red rocks was an hour and a half and we had a great time seeing the amazing rocks up close and hearing the wranglers fables about the names and stories of the rocks. Keegan's horses name was Toby and Collin road Elvis. My horse was a tailgater named "Red" who made all the other horses mad by sticking his nose in their tails.

After the ride, we couldn't wait to enter Bryce to see how it compared to Zion. We started with a stop at the visitor's center and watched to movie on the history of Bryce and then jumped in our car to explore. We drove through much of Bryce looking for wildlife and saw deer and a pronghorn gazing in the field.

We made several stops to hike along the rim trail and take a peak at the "hoodoos" at Sunrise, Sunset, and Bryce overlooks...that's all I can remember for now but there were lots more. Amazing, Amazing! The red and tan rock formations are so amazing to look down upon compared to Zion where you look up at these mammoth rocks!

The boys had a challenging fun time working on their Jr. Ranger books, drawing hoodoos, and watching for wildlife. We didn't want to leave, but we need to be in Park City by tonight to check into our timeshare.
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