Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is for Bryce Canyon National Park

Have you ever seen a photo of a place and known immediately that you must one day see it for yourself?  That it cannot possibly look like the photo?  That is exactly what happened to me several years ago at the Arts, Beats and Eats Fair in Pontiac, Michigan. 

I saw a photo of 'hoodoos', tall spires of limestone formed 40-60 million years ago.  The sun, rising in the morning sky, appeared to be coming right through them and they were just beautiful.  The picture is titled 'Could be Castles' and is by Don Ament.  (not shown here due to copyrights)

I knew that one day I would travel to Utah to see Bryce Canyon National Park.  The day finally arrived in June of 2010.

The Park is named for Ebenezer Bryce, one of the first Mormon settlers in the area.  And Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon at all.  Bryce's formations were not carved by a source of moving water, such as a river.  Instead, wind, rain, and ice carved the hoodoos from the sedimentary limestone.

Bryce is 1,000 feet higher in elevation than nearby Zion NP.  At an elevation of 8300 feet, this was my view at Bryce Point:


It was absolutely incredible.  You could see forever, but right in front of you were these towering limestone columns shooting into the air.  They say you can see for 200 miles, but it is hard to tell when you are standing there looking out over the rock amphitheatres. 
 
It was one amazing vista after another in every direction.  Here is one looking back to the spot where the above picture was taken.
 
 
There is a lot of open country out there.  Supposedly, you can see three states from this vantage point, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, though I am not sure how I would identify them. 
 
 
Natural Bridge

Again, this is a park with hiking trails, though the day we were there was plenty warm.  I figured between the heat and the altitude, slow walking was a better idea, and even that was taxing.
 
But I am glad I made the trip.  The photo may have been worth a thousand words, but being there in person was priceless.
 
As they say on the welcome sign to Bryce Canyon:
 
The magic awaits,
The meanings abound,
The memories endure.


B is also for: Bahamas, Badlands, Baltimore, Barcelona, Bar Harbor, Brooklyn, Britain, British Columbia, Budapest

12 comments:

  1. WOW. It looks amazing. Yes I think it is a place that I would really like to visit.

    After two interesting posts, I am now a follower as I am interested in the other interesting places that you blog about.

    To me, this emphasises the benefits of the A-Z blogging challenge.

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  2. Yet another reason to LOVE living in Utah. I just spent the last weekend in Zion National Park which has some similar formations and more amazing views. I've only been to Bryce once, but I totally loved it. Amazing the things that can be seen in my own backyard :)

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  3. Whoa.

    I wish I had the funds/time to travel. This looks super interesting!

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  4. Bryce canyon has just been entered onto the wish list - though you photos make me feel as if I have already been there :)

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  5. loving your travel pics--amazing!!

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  6. What a fascinating place - unlikely to get there at my time of life, but I would have loved to have gone there. Enjoyed your pix.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  7. Definitely a destination I am adding to my "must visit" list. And your pictures are beautiful!

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  8. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Wow! I'm almost speechless. These photographs are truly breathtaking. I can only imagine what it would be like to see it for real.
    Again... Wow! :-)

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  10. Bryce is at the top of my travel list. Your pictures are fabulous. You were the first person to guess that my theme is Broadway and a little gift will be coming out to you. Can you send me your address? I'm at cornwallst59@hotmail.com. Really enjoying A to Z!

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  11. Bryce Canyon is one of the most famous tourist destinations here in US.

    Bryce Canyon Shopping

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  12. Absolutely stunning! I've never been myself but I've seen some amazing photos of the area. I look forward to seeing more!

    Photos of Bryce Canyon

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