Monday, January 4, 2010

Bryce Canyion National Park

I have a confession to make. Bryce Canyon has never been high on my list of places to visit. I'm sure I was here as a kid but I particularly remember when I was here in the 70's. It was a cold blustery day and while it is a cool place to look I never felt emotionally connected.

I was traveling from Escalante, UT to Page, AZ and Bryce was on the way. So I decided I was going to give Bryce another shot and spend the afternoon there then wait around until sunset. I figured my lack luster feeling about Bryce was because I had seen it only from the rim.

So going in I wanted to hike down and be amongst the hoodoos. This would give me a totally different prospective and hopefully I would have an emotional connection. So I stopped at the ranger station and spoke to a ranger about a hike. He suggested a trail at Sunset Point. Sounded good to me.

Then I asked about Thule to which he replied that Bryce is not dog friendly. Thule would have to stay in the car. Not only was Thule not welcome on trails he's not welcome at viewpoints. Well I didn't want to leave Thule for a long hike so opted to skip the hike.

So I left with about the same emotional connection as I came with, not much. I know there are people that connect to Bryce the way I do with Yosemite, I'm just not one of them. I will return one day and make that hike into the canyon. However, I have alot of other places to visit and return to before then.