Utah – Day Three: Bryce Canyon National Park

Day three…I’m still on a Central time zone night shift mentality.  Sleep for 4-5 hours and wake up, no going back to sleep after 5:30…the sun is coming up.

Last night I had to raid the breakfast nook for salt packets…my calves and feet seized up making walking around the room difficult and I looked like a cowboy that had been on the range for 30 days straight.  KJ just laughed, shook her head and went back to her book.  I of course found sweet relief in 5 salt packets!!

Yesterday at Zion they had a faucet that claimed “spring water” I personally think it was tied into the tap in the bathroom…but it was cold and tasted good. :-)

They have free roaming cattle here.  Along with the deer crossing signs, they have cattle crossing signs too.  And speaking of the free roaming cattle, I saw one today and got very excited that it was a bear. I was sadly disappointed!!  Since there are free roaming cows, when you go onto and off of interstates, and driving along randomly they have cattle guards in place.  Interesting concept.

Today we went to Bryce Canyon National Park.  We opted to drive through ourselves instead of riding the shuttle.  Was so glad we did.  The shuttle only went to the lower view areas, we were able to drive all the way to the end and stop at leisure, in less populated areas.  The closer to the exit we got the more crowded it was.  I don’t do crowds very well, so we skipped out on some of those view sites and headed out for lunch.

The park was AMAZING!!!  We were headed to our next destination and took Highway 12…it was a very scenic route.  There were switchback curves and places when you would stop and see the road below you that you would eventually be on.

The best quote overheard today while looking out over Bryce Canyon and nothing but rocks, and very few shrub like trees was stated by an enlightened gentalman when he said: “I really love the green back drop here, it adds a lot”.  He was serious…as he and his friends ‘oh and awed’ about how much better this viewpoint was over the others. ?

Made it to our motel room to kick back and relax.  My forehead is a little red, I forewent the sunblock today because we had georgeous weather (70-80 degrees).  I said “I got more sun than I thought while we were walking”, KJ said “It’s probably the ever 5 seconds you got out of the car to take a picture”.  She is right…I was stopping a lot to take pics, but there is just SOOO much to see!!!

I’m disappointed in the food options, we’re lucky to find a restaurant of any kind…nothing to call home about.  There’s no Wal-Mart for MILES, we’re lucky to find a general store.  It’s very sparcily populated.  I opted out of stopping at a sketchy looking gas station and luckily ran across a camp site that had a bathroom.  Kudos to Utah Park service, the bathroom was clean and supplied with toilet paper.  The cell service and radio is hit and miss, KJ thinks we’ve left civilization. :-)

Until tomorrow…ERM


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