After our nice long visit in Zion we drove to Bryce Canyon.
On our way we stopped at the visitors center for Red Canyon.
It would have probably been a nice place to explore more, but after visiting
with the Rangers working there, and getting answers to some questions we had,
we continued onto Bryce.
We stopped in at the visitor center and got a feel for what the Park had to offer.
We decided to camp overnight in the “backcountry”.
So we did our paperwork for our overnighter, and then drove to do some of the
viewpoints before we started our hike.
The views are just amazing at Bryce.
One truly feels as if they are sitting on the edge of the world.
The vastness that stretches out in front of you is filled with so many colours and textures!
The stretch of Red Rock here is not as extensive as some other areas,
but the formations that have emerged from within it are so stunning!
It truly shows the temporary nature of rock and soil.
You can see the rawness of nature slowly wearing away at a material
that we think of as so hard and permanent.
After enjoying our views we started our 3 mile hike down into the canyon.
We took the Under the Rim Trail from Bryce Point down to the first campsite.
The trail took us past some amazing formations and scenery.
We were able to look back at the red wall that the tourists stand upon to look out
at the formations. What beauty!
These balancing rocks were amazing!
What a spectacular illustration of erosion.
I was endlessly amazed that they could stay balanced upon their little dirt columns.
A beautiful lesson in balance.
When we start to question what we believe to be concrete,
we will find that we will start to gently erode away those things that no longer serve us,
and we will find that we do not topple to the ground,
but float free, like a feather!
Our campsite was a lovely quaint little spot on a creek.
We enjoyed the evening listening to the water trickle near us.
We set up our tarp just as the darkness of evening crept into the little valley we were in.
Fixed a quick meal of veggie sandwiches, and then slipped into our sleeping bags.
It proved to be a bit of a chilly night,
but it was amazing to absorb the crispness of the cool air.
These cold nights are wonderful for dreams,
I often wake and turn to stay warm.
With this constant coming to consciousness in the night it is easier for me to remember my dreams.
These were the nights that I best remembered dreams, and the messages
they had for me.
The next morning we climbed back up to where the car was and dropped off most
of our belongings in the car. We loaded up a “day” pack and headed down
a trail that left from the same parking lot.
We snaked down through the formations taking a handful of different trails leading
us to Sunrise Point.
The coolness from the night before still hung in the air a little.
When you were standing in the sunshine, the energy of it chased away the chill.
But as soon as you stepped into the shade of the massive rocks,
the cooled air started needling its way through the layers of clothing.
The expansive views were amazing.
There was simply too much to absorb in the short amount of time we were going to have.
We knew a storm was rolling in, so I wanted to see as much of it as we could while we still
had sunshine. And I wanted to get as many pictures as possible to remember our time here!
We were not let down, while the light lasted it was amazing on the red rock.
You would often get a glimpse of the trail snaking around a hoodoo,
or a corner. In the picture above you can see one of the arches that we got to walk through.
Many of them were man made, blasted through the stone.
They were sure fun to walk through!
Stepping through them you were transported to another world.
A moment of darkness and then there you are,
enveloped in a warm glowing scene.
What planet have I been transported to?
The clouds announced their presence.
For a while it looked as if they might just decide to stay on the horizon,
to not intrude on our lovely sunshine.
And they did wait very patiently while I snapped photos of the ever changing scene.
I think the above photo is my favorite from our time in Bryce.
There is just something about it that truly captures the whole essence of what I felt
while we were there.
The colours, the textures, the energy!
The terrain that we covered along these trails was so varied,
it is amazing how completely different the erosion is from one area to the next,
and within such a close area.
On past trips to this area we had both wanted to get off the rim and explore the trails that
were visible below the view points.
It was wonderful to finally have the chance to do it!
And then as we started our climb back toward the rim,
the clouds started to rise into the sky.
Faster, and faster.
Here they come!
It was almost like an ancient army, waiting patiently at a border.
Their opponent, the sun was strong, they knew this, and so they waited.
Patiently they waited. It had to be just the right moment.
Go! They make their move.
They swarm across the sky!
They come with their full force!
Wind and hail a blazing, Lightening blasting through the sky.
It was an intense feeling being on the rim of the canyon as it rolled through.
The storm people moved fast!
All life on the rim,
People and animals,
seemed to retreat to the safety of their various shelters.
We were in it, experiencing it.
For a moment I ran in fear, not liking being one of the tallest beings,
Then I ran with it, celebrating it, embracing it.
And then I stood with it.
I watched as the storm rolled across the landscape.
Thunder and Lightening celebrating its advance as it moved over and around the landscape.