Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bryce Canyon National Park, 3/31/12 continued

Bryce Canyon National Park, 3/31/12 continued: On the Trails Again in Bryce Canyon National Park Saturday Mar. 31. We are delighted to have phone and 3G service in this remote park but many times the posting of the blog "fails." So I am doing today's in 2 parts.

We are continuing on our hike. Now on the Navajo Loop. Something that warms my heart so very much is when we come across stones arranged as the "Traveler." I made the one in the front.

This is just part of the little community of Travelers. They were also in the short trees. Sweet!!!

We stopped to have lunch and soon a stellar jay was in the tree above us. What a gorgeous bird. He was singing for some food, but was disappointed.

Again you can see we are in the basin of the Bryce Canyon Ampitheater.

We are starting to ascend 550 feet. Slowly and lots of breaks....reason to take more photos. Can you see me in
my red shirt?

This is a Wilderness Group weaving their way down the switchbacks. Oh, so much easier going down than up.

Looking back on the way we came. Not even half way up yet.

Phil heading up to the top. Will we ever get there?

Another view of Thor the Hammer.

Just amazing. We wore sun screen today, forgot yesterday. At these elevations we are much closer to the sun rays.

Looking down on the trail we traveled.

Yippee! We reached the top. Now the 1/2 mile of gentle sloping ground to our RV. You can see the trail we were on for the Sunrise Point portion of the hike. Our entire hike would have been 3.4 miles but because of going back for batteries Phil's GPS said we did 5.2 miles. The descent was to 7400 feet and we ascended to 8000 feet. Tired but exhilarated. To see the hoodoos and rocks from the the ground looking up is amazing. I need a Thesaurus so I use some different adjectives.

We drove to Panguitch for groceries and fuel. What a day!!!
Location:Bryce Canyon National Park

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