Bryce Canyon and the Road to Torrey

Trip Start May 30, 2011
Trip End Jun 09, 2011

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Red Sands Hotel

Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2 Thursday Bryce Canyon National Park and Anasazi State Park- Red Sands Motel, Torrey, UT

Pretty cold last night and quite brisk this morning. I can see my breath. I've got on 4 layers plus a scarf. Didn't pack a winter coat, but layered on T-shirt, shirt, sweater and nylon jacket. Buffet breakfast at Ruby's at 6:30 and there was already a line out the door. Got to jump the line when two of our group needed two more to fill a table.

We arrive at the park and drive to Bryce Point where we all get out and walk out to the point. Our first view of the canyon is quite spectacular! Astounding  shapes in shades of red and cream. And a blasting wind too. Good thing it's started to warm up a bit.

We break up into two groups, one led by Rod and the other by Jean. I head out with Jean for the easier trek on the rim between Sunrise and Sunset Points. I can't seem to stop taking pictures. It's a fantasy landscape where you can envision castles and people in the hoodoo shapes. And trees - if the stunted, warped things can be called that - clinging tenaciously to life.

The bus picks us up and then heads to Inspiration point to pick up the hardier group. We've misplaced two women and have to hunt them up at the visitor center. Then it's back to Ruby's for lunch, which looks amazingly exactly like dinner! Apparently, they have very limited menu. Maybe to hold down costs?

After lunch, we head out on a long drive to Torrey, passing through more of the red and cream Navajo sandstone, past snow-capped mountains, aspen, pine, large volcanic boulders. It seems as though we're jumping across different worlds each with their own predominant color themes, rock types, and plant cover.

Brief stop at Anasazi museum and archaeology site. Stop over for movie at Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument.

We eventually arrive in Torrey and check into our little motel. We've taken up all the rest of their rooms. I end up in the one for handicapped with lowered light switches, open shower area, and support rods all over the place. Well, I guess I'll have something to hang on to.

Dinner just around the corner at the Sandstone Inn -not a buffet, thankfully. Then we can relax and do some laundry. We're staying for two nights.
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