“Like hundreds of rockets preparing to blast

Trip Start Jan 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Friday, June 8, 2012

A long day of driving from Boise, Idaho to Bryce Canyon, Utah was difficult for a number of reasons. My sleeping patterns over the last half a week were basically a lack of sleep and my exhaustion made it difficult to keep my calm when Dillon and Chris were speaking rudely to Joy and Tanya. I did keep my calm though which was good. I was hoping this 'rude' behaviour was a one-day only activity because usually they are quite well behaved from what I gathered last time I was hanging with this family. Also, I was feeling sick for most of the trip like I was going to throw up. I don’t get carsick so it wasn’t that. I believe it is a mixture of stresses that have joined together and culminated in me feeling sick.

So you can understand why I was so glad to arrive at Bryce Canyon. We set up a 4-man tent to sleep 5 in and then headed out to do the Navajo Trail. The Navajo Trail is a 1.3 mile round trip that drops 520’ and is considered as moderately difficult. It was difficult to get back up but I think it would have been easier if I wasn’t feeling sick.

Even sick the views of the Hoodoos were worth the hike. Hoodoo means ‘to cast a spell’ and I can see why the native people would have viewed this place as magical. The rocks look like hundreds of rockets preparing to blast off into the sky. We hiked into them at sunset and as it became darker the shapes of the rocks began reminding me of a scene from an ancient palace. There was one rock  with the shape of a queen and I imagined her speaking to the onlooking rocks. It is impossible to explain what it felt like to walk through the Hoodoos but one word that seems to work asa description is ‘grand’.

After an average sleep in the crowded tent (average because I kept waking up to find I was uncomfortably close to Chris). I awoke and still felt sick. Breakfast calmed my stomach a bit. We headed back into Bryce Canyon to check out some more views from the top. The 9115ft above sea level views were amazing, but I still prefer being among it on the hikes. You can only truly understand how big it all is when you are standing at the bottom looking up.
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