Bryce NP

Tuesday September 15, 2020I start the day with many birthday wishes. Thank you all for thinking of me. Forty nine Forty something, we’ll keep it at that.I have a great start to the day with a waterfall hike on Mossy Cave trail.

This canal which supplies water for this waterfall was created from the hard labor of pioneers from 1890-1892 that labored with picks and shovels to carve a 10 mile irrigation ditch from the East Fork of the Sevier River, through the Paunsaugunt Plateau, into this canyon.

Every year since its completion in 1892 (except during the drought of 2002), this canal known as the Tropic Ditch has supplied the communities of Tropic and Cannonville with irrigation water.

Mossy Cave isn’t actually a cave at all, it is a grotto that is constantly wet and dripping, even forming ice in the winter months. If you closely at the pictures you can see the water dripping.Upon entering the park I took Berkley on a stroll down the multi-use path from the visitor center. There are much more doging walking options in this national park over any other national park I have been to. We pass by North Campground which is a first come first serve campground and I see that there are some open sites. I decide to take advantage if this. The campground looks really nice with shaded campsites.Wednesday September 16, 2020I wait for it to start to get light out then hop out of bed and take Berkley for his morning walk. The temperature is in the upper 40’s. When we get back I saute some broccoli, add in some eggs and asiago cheese and breakfast is ready.Bryce has a free shuttle service that will drop you off and pick you up from the really popular viewpoints. I take advantage of this.I take the shuttle to Bryce Point, the furthest point you can take it within the park. From there I hike all the way back to the campground combining several different trails.Bryce Point, one of the most scenic vistas of the full amphitheater and all its wonders amaze me. I just can’t believe what I am seeing. All the hoodoos look like they have been set alight as if by fire from the first rays of the rising sun. It is magical!I take the rim trail that walks around the amphitheater to Inspiration Point. The viewpoint at here consists of three levels that provide varied spectacular perspectives of the main amphitheater. All who look out from this point are bound to be inspired, considering the intricacies of the hoodoos and their formation through the passage of time.I continue on the Rim Trail to Sunset point. Of course best seen at sunset, but it offers some of the most famous and breathtaking views of Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos.I then get on the Navajo Loop Trail. This trail travels down into the main amphitheater and I combine it with the Queens Garden Trail which will create a longer, but more varied, loop.

Going down the wall section of the Navajo Loop is generally not recommended because of it’s steepness, but I did not know this at the time. It was pretty much straight down. I am thankful for all the switchbacks and the fact that I’m not going back up it. It looks like a heart attach inducing climb back up.

Those dark spots in the photo above are people! The trail goes down in a hurry with numerous switchbacks.

Now that I am down in the main amphitheater I am constantly looking up rather than down.There are some narrow areas through fins and a few more stairs.When I get back to the van I’m shocked to see how dirty I am. I have an unusual sock line…dark below and white and dusty above.I get cleaned up and Berkley and I take a nap. It is not hard to talk him into it.Thursday September 17, 2020It is another cool morning. We walk to Sunrise Point. It is after sunrise and there is a smokie haze in the air, but I enjoy the view.We slowly get ready to drive the scenic drive through the park. The main highlight I want to see is Natural Bridge. So I make it the first stop on my list.OH MY! It is jaw dropping big! I think I could stand here all day and view it. It is that beautiful.I continue on to the other overlooks, but none are spectacular as Natural Bridge.

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