Since I was already in the area yesterday, I made a quick stop to see this little canyon everyone talks about. This was the third time I was travelling through Flagstaff, 60 miles from the southern rim. The first two times, I regretted not going. This time I went.
It was getting dark as I approached Zion National Park yesterday, so I found a little side road that dead-ended into an apparent campsite, about 500 yards off highway 9 — about 4 miles from the eastern park entrance. There was virtually no light pollution, and I think I saw more stars than I have ever seen.
Tuesday I hiked the easy Queen’s Garden Trail. I didn’t say the Queen was easy; I said the trail was easy. The trail winds down into the bottom of the canyon, revealing a splendid view around each curve.
I spent Monday hiking the Bryce Canyon rim, from Sunset Point to Inspiration Point, and visiting other areas of the park. Most of the pictures are from the rim of the canyon, and from the Natural Bridge pullover.
This is a really beautiful and unusual place. And to think I almost skipped it to go straight to Zion National Park (which is next).
I took about 360 photos, and culled them to the 80 or so of the better ones. The viewing experience is much better on my smugmug site, so please take a look there.
Saturday I said goodbye to Brian in West Jordan and headed out to Torrey, Utah, which is just outside Capitol Reef National Park. The plan was to visit the Park, and then enjoy the infamous Scenic Byway 12 to Bryce Canyon National Park.
I had a salad at Cafe Diablo in Torrey, then spent the night in the Roadtrek in their parking lot, with permission. In the morning I headed out to the least visited of the 5 national parks in Utah, and took a few pictures. I was not disappointed with the awesomeness I found there.
This is a shot from this morning’s hike at Tuolumne Meadows. Tuolumne Meadows is part of Yosemite National Park. It’s north of Yosemite Valley and at a higher altitude. After that I headed out for the Bay Area and safely reached my friends’ place. Time to rest.
After seeing all the iconic pictures of Yosemite Valley, being there took it to a whole new level. It’s everything it’s cracked up to be and more. I stayed a few days, exploring the valley on my Brompton foldable bicycle. Here are 12 of the photos I captured during the trip.