04/12 Bryce Canyon Day 1 Adventures Galore

April 12, 2018  •  3 Comments

Started the day off by getting up at 3 AM to get in some more night sky photos.  Drove into Zion NP, hiked to where I wanted to take my photos and looked up.  The stars were no where near as spectacular as they were two nights ago.  Watching for a while revealed there were clouds partially obscuring the stars.  So I hiked back to the truck, drove back to the campground and went back to bed.  The wind was pretty strong so was not able to get a sound sleep, but I did sleep some.  Since I couldn't check in until 2 PM at my next stop, I kinda just took my time getting the camper ready to travel.  Took off around 10:30AM.  When I turned off I-15 to Hwy 20 it was raining lightly.  As I continued on Hwy 20 it began to snow and the further I went the harder it snowed!  Finally I dropped to the other side of that mountain and the snow stopped.  Here are a few shots on the way to the campground.  Seems I had to go all the way to Utah to find the Dixie Forest.  Notice the snow on the trailer that had not melted yet.  Yep, it's cold here.

Got to the campground and checked in, set up and headed into Bryce Canyon.  This is the place I have been looking forward to the most on this trip.  On the way I stopped at a small turnoff to a remote part of the park called Moss Cave.  I hiked the 4/10 of a mile in to the cave and sure enough there was moss growing off the walls.  Here are a few photos from that side trip.

I once again got on the road to Bryce Canyon NP (main part) and once I got there I pulled up to the trail leading to sunrise point.  What a spectacular, breathtaking view.  No matter where you looked  you saw eye candy.  A photographer's dream.  This was just an initial get acquainted trip to decide what I want to do first.  I hiked between sunrise and sunset points, about 1/2 mile between them.  During that time it began to snow and the wind began to howl.  The snow did not come down in flakes but little snowballs!  I kid you not.  Anyway, I was hoping to explore the viewpoints and set my priorities for the next 3 days, but the snow became a blizzard and you could hardly see anything (AND IT WAS COLD).  Here are some photos from the park I was able to take.  The really hazy two were looking out from Inspiration Point.  I hope to do sunrise there tomorrow.  Notice how bundled up I was.


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Marie D(non-registered)
Doesn't the heat work in the truck? Did you bring your ski suit?
Jim(non-registered)
My favorite photo in this set is the old geezer in the hoodie! Welcome to Utah! You know, I have never made it to Bryce - been to Arches and Zion's - new item for my bucket list!
Rick(non-registered)
Oh the memories you are making! Consider putting together a book or two of your travels through Shutterfly or something similar to keep as a "yearbook". Write down captions before you forget!
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