A day with Bryce

The fifth day of the trip consisted mostly of driving in the car, going from Moab in the east of Utah to Zion in the west. We broke up the long drive by stopping in Bryce Canyon National  Park for a bit of hiking.

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Departing early from Moab 

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Those mountains contain retired Uranium mines

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Ohh look, some cows

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This fellow is very close to the road

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Oh my there is a heard of them

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These are clearly British cows

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This is actually average rush hour traffic in Utah (bonus: real cowboys!)

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A little rural village

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We arrive at Bryce Canyon

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Unlike most hikes we will be starting at the top and going down

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These columns of rock are called “hoodoos”

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Our destination is down there somewhere

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Glamour shot

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Getting in among  the hoodoos

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A little tiny arch

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Sunscreen is important

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A part in the rock reveals the canyon below

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This tree is holding on for dear life

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We’re hitting the switchbacks

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Getting further into the canyon

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Lazy people, I mean horse riders

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The TUNNEL!

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This hoodoo is called Queen Victoria

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Rangers will remind you not feed the animals, no matter how cute

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Five planes flying overhead

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Some rock bridges

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The texture created by water running down the rocks is fascinating 

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The only way out is up

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That is a lot of switchbacks

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Justin for scale

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Back at the top

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Looking down at the Queens Garden

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The last look out over the canyon

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Made it to Zion as the sun is setting

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Its amazing how much greener the terrain is here

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Looking out into Zion as the sun sets

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Google’s attempt at a wide angle shot (with several stitching errors)

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To get to our motel we have to go under the mountains

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One last picture of the valley

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Driving through Zion

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Wow

Arches II: A walk with the Devil

On our third day in Moab we return to Arches National Park for a walk through Devil’s Garden. We stopped by the Landscape arch viewing area then took the path less traveled through the garden. The Primitive Loop was an excellent hike, not very challenging but it was rough and long enough that we had the trail to ourselves for most of the hike. Add to that a few rock scrambles and amazing views and it was a wonderful day.

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Back at Arches to look at more rocks

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A local!

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You can see why they call them Mule Dear

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First arch of the day

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The Landscape arch

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The landscape

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The landscape in landscape

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Jonny, you are so small

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The steep rocks to on the right actually is the trail

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Snack break

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Our own Private arch

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The best lunch spot so far

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The Dark Angle… errr… Angel

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Whoah, double arches

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Under the arch

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The Dark Angel through the eye of an arch

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Going off the trail a little, but the view is worth it

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The bruvs

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Walking the ridgeline

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Looking back at Devil’s Garden

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Looking out over the park from the Partition Arch

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Long shadows make the park more gorgeous

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Wait, let me take a selfie

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The Landscape Arch in landscape

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End of day light on red rocks

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The Balanced rock

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The valley in shadow

Arches is an excellent place for some star gazing, as ther is little light pollution. Unfortunately for us it was also a full moon. We only had a few hours of darkness before the moon came up to ruin any good views. Between the moon and the clouds I did get a small window to practice taking some starscapes.

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This image contains an airplane and a shooting star!

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Amazing

Candyland

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Ready for another day in the desert

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What a backdrop

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A far off salt refinery

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Looking out over the rivers

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Many canyons

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Looking out over Dead horse point

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I hope this is called dead horse because of the horseshoe lake

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He’s a maniac, or a monkey

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Billy goat in the top left

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Looking for arches in Canyonland

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So much sandstone

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Canyons leading into the Colorado River

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The Mesa arch

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I see why they call it Canyonlands

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Jonny looking for some butte

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Old Native American grainy

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Built directly into the rock

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“THE PRECIOUS”

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From the trail these granaries are completely invisible.

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That’s a big butte

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The view from atop the butte

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Canyons under the clouds

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On the other side a desert meadow

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A single ray of sunshine

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Justin on top of whale rick

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Another lonely desert road

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We found some stairs

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This look like a natural rock formation

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On the edges of the Upheaval Dome

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Another billy goat

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Another arch in Canyonland (albeit a small on)

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Island in the sky

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Pride rock!

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Time for a selfie?

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Justin takes a photo

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To me, this is a Kaiju footprint

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Breathtaking

 

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Simba, all that the light touches is our kingdom

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Canyonlands is saying goodnight

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Goodnight Canyonlands