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Bryce Canyon National Park



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Bryce Canyon National Park, a sprawling reserve in southern Utah, is known for its crimson-coloured hoodoos, or spire-shaped rock formations. The park’s main road leads past the expansive Bryce Amphitheater, a hoodoo-filled depression lying below the Rim Trail hiking path. It has overlooks at Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point.

When we came to the States 10 years ago, Bryce Canyon was my favourite discovery of the trip. So I approached this day with quite high expectations.

It has been a very hot day and everyone was a bit tired and grumpy. When we told the boys we were going to see yet another canyon they were not very enthusiastic.

We got to the Visitor Centre right on 7:00 pm, watched a movie and was then ready to go explore.


Our first stop was Inspiration Point. The sun had just disappeared so the colours were disappointingly dull. The view of the hoodoo was still pretty cool.

Myself and the boys then hiked along the rim to Sun Set Point. That was one of the most stressful walks I had with the boys.

They kept on stopping right on the rim to discuss if the would survive a fall down there. And then start arguing about it! I was so scared one would accidentally shove the other down into the canyon (because they are brothers and shove or push at each other constantly)



  


 

I was very relieved when we got to Sunset Point and barriers along the rim.
 
 The boys wanted to go down into the canyon so we started of on this Navajo Loop.



But then we saw a second path go off to the side with switch backs down into the belly of the canyon. We started down their instead.



I had to keep reminding the boys to walk and not run as we went further and further down.


 

Signs like these are not very reassuring, Fortunately we had no rocks fall on our heads.

We got all the way to the bottom to where the trees grow. The boys were touching hands on the photo of them hugging the tree, to show how big the trees were.



 
 
 Then we had to get all the way back up again. According to my fitbit it was the equivalent of 30 flights of stairs back up! The boys were really good. Did not complain once. Alex fell over and graised his knee, but stood up and just went going.

According to Alex this was the best part of his holiday so far. Two dirty, happy boys at the top.
 

Some more nice views of the ampitheater as the sun was setting.

 

The boys had some fun jumping from log to log.





 
 
 And then sadly it was time to go. Looking forward to returning again tomorrow...

 

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