Travel | Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Remember when I mentioned last time how I'm mortified of large objects & places? Well, our next park was not only a large open space, it had these tall engulfing giants that made my stomach plummet. But they were breathtaking. The ombre orange toned sand made up for the scary moon like scenery. Early that morning we drove through a serene mountain landscape with snow on their tops & buffaloes casually hanging out by the lakes. Yeap, buffaloes. I felt like we had landed somewhere in Europe. Germany or Ireland to be exact. Every time the windows were opened for pictures, we could feel the chilling breeze hit our cheeks like knives & those of us in the back of The Alchemist complained & whined. But we couldn't help it. The windows had to be open to capture the outside world & still, our pictures really don't even come close to doing the view justice.
Our first mission, like all the other parks, the visitor center. The excitement kept building up the higher & closer we got to the edge of the amphitheater. It was massive. There were, what seemed like, thousands & thousands of colorful hoodoos coming up from below. We started our hike down & managed to, once again, go off trail. Technically we followed the 'horse trail'. But what was supposed to only take us an hr or so, took us longer. Of course right? But we were in love with the place. The colors were so hypnotizing & unreal. I sometimes cannot believe that place exists & we were there! Can you tell how windy it was up there?! (LOL Brothaman's face & my hair) But there is more. We drove up, stopping at various viewpoints to see the hoodos from above. Our mission, Rainbow Point. The 9,105 feet altitude was definitely felt once we arrived. My ears wouldn't stop popping. We stood there for a while to take it all in. It was nice to see that all the park visitors probably felt the same way we did. We quietly all just stood by the edge, took deep breaths & smiled as to say, we made it.
Once we left the park, we headed back to our campground where food was made & movies were watched inside The Alchemist. To talk a bit about our campground... some of you have asked how do we "camp out" when visiting all these parks. Awesome small campgrounds like the Hitch-N-Post have pieces of land for rent. Some charge by the size of the land alone & some charge per tent. We had four tents all together, but Guhbaby & I shared mine the last few nights of the trip. In my opinion, this method of "camping" is a lot better than the traditional 'let me pick a place here in the middle of nowhere & set up a tent' because its safer, it has showers/restrooms & they tend to be closer to where we want to go (aka, the parks, restaurants, convenient stores). Other travelers respect other travelers & in smaller towns, like Panguitch, Utah, folks are friendly & helpful. We thank you Randy & Jodi for your warm hospitality. We cannot wait to visit again soon!