Ride 'em cowboy

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Paria Canyon Adventure Ranch

Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, July 8, 2010

This morning we got packed up and headed to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon sits at the top of the three 'staircase canyons' of Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon. The bottom geological layer of Bryce Canyon is the same as the top geological layer of Zion, and so on.

Arriving at Bryce Canyon there was an amazing vista of unbelievable rock formations, and we went on a 3 mile hike down into the canyon itself. After an exhausting trek back to the top, we were able to catch our breath and have some lunch before getting back on the bus and moving on to our next destination.

We arrived at tonight's campsite, Paria Canyon Adventure Ranch, at around 4pm. Most of the group then went for a dip in Lake Powell while Bertie and I opted to stay behind and chill out.

Next the majority of the group had the chance to go horse riding. After a brief demonstration I found myself sitting astride my horse, Sisco, and moving off on our ride through the valley. I think I did pretty well if I say so myself, aside from the odd trot as he tried to catch up with the horses in front. We were almost back to the ranch when a loud rattle came from the nearby bush and some of the horses bolted as they tried to escape a rattlesnake. Good old Sisco held pretty still and no one was hurt so we continued onto the ranch to say goodbye to our horses and prepare for dinner.

Before dinner we changed into our Togas for our Toga party. Some of us struggled with the concept of a Toga and how to put one together but I opted for the plain white bed sheet with a twist... a tartan tie I picked up in a thrift shop, which I used as a belt.

We all sat down for dinner of a huge steak with all the trimmings and a dessert of homemade chocolate brownies. Yum! After dinner it was party time. We started with a game of beer pong, which resulted in me downing a beer. We then moved inside to the bar area and met another Trek America group. This group were near the end of their NY to LA trek and seemed a little crazy... especially when they introduced us to an 'interesting' game of Jenga. Makes me wonder what we'll be like in 3 weeks!

A few of our group stayed up until the early hours, partying with the other group and making the most of our time here at the ranch.
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zara on

u were almost selling me this trip then u keep goin on about the hikes etc lol xx

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