Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Visions of the Southwest~ America's Fairyland: Exploring Bryce Canyon, Utah WW/WWRW

Welcome friends!

I'm loving sharing our summer's westward  
 journey with you all...
Thank you for stopping in to visit and travel along with us!

In southwestern Utah, 
there's  a natural gem whose landscape
 changes color with the sun.

Bryce Canyon became a national park in  1926 and
is named for Mormon pioneer, Ebenezer Bryce,
who, upon gazing at the gorgeous spires and fantasy-ish landscape of
the canyon for the first time, said,
"Helluva place to lose a cow!"

To visit and explore Bryce Canyon National Park
is  to feel as  if you're walking through a fairy tale.

These unique and almost mythical looking
rock formations, called hoodoos,
 are typically made of sandstone and and are spectacular,
fantastical display of the forces of weathering and erosion.

You think we would have learned our lesson about hiking during
peak heat hours! Because, honestly, what a trek!
Beautiful, but killer hot!.
Hiking Bryce, unlike hiking  The Grand Canyon
can easily be accomplished down and back within 2 hours...
Even if you're crazy, like us,  start down at noon and need to get back to the top
by 2:00 for a Ranger led program so that your 
kids can achieve the final step in earning their Junior Ranger badges...
you can do it!

So, we made it! 
And here they are, after completing their work,
 picking up tons of litter, attending park programs
and hiking the canyon,
being sworn is as 
Bryce Canyon National Park Junior Rangers!
Invaluable, poetic and simply beautiful  books we've found

on Bryce and southern Utah:

Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks: A

 Guide To Southwestern Utah's Greatest Hikes 

Canyon Country National Parks Map: Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Capitol Reef, and Great Basin

Which Way USA~ Utah
Puzzle Book

Which Way USA ~ 
Utah map for kids

Roadside Geology of Utah

We picked up one of these 2015 calendars
 at the Bryce Gift Shop.
Shhhhh: birthday gift - worthy for one of the boys:

2015 Bryce Canyon Calendar

Other posts in my 
 Visions of the Southwest series include~~ 

 Journeying Through Time, Digging for Fossils at 
UDig Trilobite Quarry in Delta, Utah

Riding the Rapids with 
Mountain Waters Rafting

I'm gratefully linking this post to Housewifespice'
What We're Reading Wednesday!

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful park! I love the quote, lol. I've always wanted to do the jr. ranger program with my kids.


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