My main mission today after checking out of the hotel is to see as much of Bryce as I can before heading back to Arizona. I was hoping to squeeze in a visit to Zion during this trip too…it was on my list of things to see…it just never happened. The problem with flying some place vs driving, it is generally less expensive to book the round trip and easier to put an end date on the car rental…I have to go home soon and head back to Salt Lake City in a few days. Zion had to come off the list.
So, back to Bryce…did you know there is a lodge there? With rooms and cabins? I think I looked into them before traveling but there was no availability at the time. I checked now out of curiosity to see what the costs are…they opened yesterday, June 15 but the page said they are now taking reservations for 2021 but costs were $176-$271 per night. A bit high for my typical travel budget.
I didn’t see as much as I would have liked because some spots were only accessible by hiking…I don’t hike…not even 3 years ago. 🙂
Lots of hoodoos in Bryce…according to “Wikipedia a hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, or earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos typically consist of relatively soft rock topped by harder, less easily eroded stone that protects each column from the elements.” As you can see in some of the pictures below, there was some snow on the ground…it was a sunny, comfortable temperature day though and I enjoyed walking around.
I am heading back to Page, AZ…Lake Powell. I had booked a tour of the river in and out of the canyons but found out the night before I was to take that trip that it was canceled because I was the only one who booked…I had the reservation at the hotel and it is pretty there so off I went! Here are some from the drive back to AZ. I did have to drive briefly through the Grand Canyon and though it was dusk, drizzling and cold…I did stop. More of that below.
Here are a few from earlier in the day once I got back to AZ…
The last of this travel day…going through the Grand Canyon…and yes, it was cold, drizzling, foggy and nearing sunset and there is a young man with no shirt on standing out there with his girlfriend. You can’t see it but he also had no shoes on! Fool!
After settling into my hotel I took a down day…with the river cruise canceled I just decided to stay at the hotel, walk around the property and just rest my bones. My last full day on the trip I just drove around Lake Powell, enjoyed the marina area, enjoyed a few jackrabbits I found hopping around, and just the general beauty of the area before heading back to Salt Lake City before flying home the next day. I am going to do a quick separate post for that so be sure to come back…
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