Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunrise to Sunset

Saturday we moved over to Red Canyon Campground. A lovely campground that we are only staying at for a few days but would definitely come back another time.



Red Canyon is aptly named as it looks like the above picture throughout the Red Canyon area which is on the scenic highway 12. Drove through two tunnels from the campground to Bryce Canyon which we made another trip to.

Dogs are not allow on any trails but are allow on the paved road that meanders along the rim from Sunset and Sunrise Points. There are outstanding views of the hoodoos.

A Paiute Indian myth says "the animal legend people who lived in Bryce Canyon long ago, displeased the coyote. Angered, he turned all the people to rock." Today, while visiting Bryce Canyon think of the legend when looking down into the amphitheaters and imagine the ancient people with their straight posture, in the form of hoodoos. The name Bryce Canyon in Paiute means:"bowl shaped canyon filled with red rocks standing up like men."

The trail is not long, just one mile round trip but with stops to take in the sights, it is a nice walk.



We look down into the Queens Garden, where I mentioned before we had hiked down into. Nice views from above as well.


People in the picture above on the Navajo Loop that connects with the Queen Gardens trail. The trail overlooks the most popular part of the park, the Bryce Amphitheater.


"The Bryce Amphitheater is one of a series of "breaks" eroded into the eastern slope of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The rock that caps the plateau has a pink hue and it varies considerably in terms of hardness. Over millions of years, softer spots have eroded away. Harder rock has remained and has been chiseled by wind and water into interesting shapes - the cliffs, hoodoos and castles that make Bryce famous."


We also stopped at the Fairyland Point to have some lunch we brought along. It was starting to get chilly and windy and so we ate and made our way back home.


We drove about 3 hours on Monday to Sandy Hollow State Park for an one night stay. It is in Hurricane, Utah and is only about 20 minutes from St George. Joe has to get his blood tests done for his doctor's appointment when we are back in the OC next week. We also stocked up on groceries. Utah has great state parks and this is another beauty. Too bad we don't have more time to spend in this area. Another spot to return to when we have more time. The sites are big and most are pull thrus. All the pictures below are taken right from our site. A nice lake for kayaking. Yeah, we will be back. We did get some rain while here and rain is expected while we are at Zion. Hopefully we will get sometime to do some hikes.



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