Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bryce National Park--Spectacular from Every Viewpoint

What an amazing day!  The entrance to Bryce National Park was about 1 ½ hours from our campground.  We left early in the morning with our picnic lunch in hand.  We were ready for a good time. 
Bryce Canyon faces east, so it was easier to start at the end and work our way back to the entrance.  We stopped at all of the viewing points on the way out of the park.   
The Rainbow Point is the viewpoint at the end of the park.  We are in awe as we gaze out over the canyon below.  We enjoyed visiting with people in the park—we all marveled together at the beauty.  We saw caves and tried to imagine what animal made this their home. 
The temperature was much cooler than we had expected.  The highest point of the park is at 9,100 feet—so we should not have been surprised by the temperatures or the snow that we saw.  Snow sprinkled the rock formations throughout the park.   We have been in the desert for several months so it was great to see snow.  The snow added to the beauty of the deep red and orange rocks.

It is impossible for us to not be overwhelmed by the Glory of God—we are blessed to see the beauty in this National Park.

The spires appear to be delicately carved pieces of art.  The spires have a smooth profile with a uniform thickness that tapers from the ground upward.  It is amazing to realize these enormous rock formations were carved from weather and water.   

We have been to several National Parks and each time we are treated new beauty. 

There are natural amphitheaters throughout the park.   We watch birds sore high above the canyon walls.  The birds glide effortlessly through the sky.  We realized after we got back into the Jeep that we had not taken any pictures of the birds.  We were so memorized by their flight.  We enjoyed the serenity of their gliding with the beautiful red rocks in the background.

The statuesque rock formations are called hoodoos. Hoodoos are tall formations of rock that protrude from the bottom of the canyon.  We found out a hoodoo has a variable thickness that looks like a body shape (you need a lot of imagination to see a body shape).  The Indians believed their ancestors were in these hoodoos.   I love saying the word, so all day I pointed out hoodoos throughout the park.  I made up songs and poems, and was happy to take any opportunity to say “Hoodoos”.  J 

Our final two stops were to Sunrise and Sunset Points.  There was a trail connecting these two points, however, it was the end of a long day and neither of us had the energy to walk between them.  It was only a mile, but we were happy to drive between the two sights.  It is hard to even describe the beauty of this place. 

We will remember the awe inspiring views for years to come.  

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