After Zion, we couldn't imagine anything more spectacular and then.....Bryce Canyon. Wow! The natural forces of our planet are amazing. Unlike Zion carved out by the seasonal tributaries and the powerful Virgin River, Bryce Canyon has been sculpted by freeze, thaw, crumble, crack, erosion. Over 220 days of the year in Bryce drop below the freezing point. Expansion and contraction of the sedimentary sandstone has led to the unique topography of the canyon.
As valleys of run off are carved out when it rains, hoodoos (the spires) reveal the layers of the past in brilliant colors. Each one of the hoodoos erode as individually as snowflakes. Our imaginations went wild as we could perceive figures emerging from the stones. Without doing the hiking, enjoy some of the photos of Bryce, not only of the stone but of the flora and fauna as well.
|Bristle Cone Pines as old as 4,000 years old have been found here|
|White Fir trees, the needles taste lemony and are a source of Vitamin C|
|The View Looking Toward the Grand Canyon|
|The Poodle Hoodoo|
|Can you see the Horse Hoodoo on the right side going down into the canyon?|
|Great Bladdery Milk Vetch - Quite a name for such a little flower with iridescent fruit pod.|
|Bryce Canyon Amphitheater|
|Hoodoos like lit candles in setting sun|
|Windows into the Past|
|Is Russ that tough?|
|Nope! He's a Sweet Marshmellow kind of a guy!|
You said you want somemore?
Here are the photos from our second day and our trek on the Navajo and Queen's Garden Trails.
|Morning Lighting Casts and Orange Glow|
|Time for a Trail Snack|
|Our Favorite Hoodoo - Queen Victoria|
|And She's Riding Backward on A Camel!|
|Beautiful Beyond Words|
|Good Bye Bryce!|
We were in Bryce for three days over the Memorial Day Weekend and left on Tuesday for Kodachrome Basin only 2 hours away. This basin has yet again another type of erosion pattern that makes for unique spires. Geologists are not quite sure how these spires were formed. One of the three theories which seems to make the most sense to me, is the one where water erodes deep vertical crevices in softer rock. Over time a harder sedimentary rock fills in the crevices. During the next big erosion cycle, the softer rock washes away, leaving the pipes or spires that filled in the crevices.
|Russ led me on a not so easy mountain bike trail.|
|Yep, Did A Lot of Wheel Spinning in the Sand|
|Found and Indian cave with embedded handprints.....old, new, not sure.|
|Some of the sculpted stone looked like pottery.|
|See how the crevices could fill with the harder rock on top?|
We only spent one night in Kodachrome Basin and left today for the Grand Escalante Stair Case.
All is Well With the Worrall Travelers.