I can’t state in words the absolute awesomeness I felt when we walked to the edge of the canyon the afternoon we arrived. My photos can’t do justice to the beauty I saw the moment I took in the breathtaking view.
The first thing we did was starting walking along the edge. We didn’t quite know where we were going, but we just headed off to our right and ended up following the signs to Inspiration Point. Wow, at the higher elevation and heading uphill, it was a jaunt for us! In the photo below you can see the view back to the other side where we started. We walked along the edge you see to the left.
I will confess, looking down into the canyon kind of freaked me out. I have slipped on loose rocks a couple of times and realized the importance of treading carefully along the open edges.
We headed back, in awe!
Dinner that night was in the lodge restaurant. Unfortunately they were “take out” only. But the food was delicious. The service was exceptional, and we were allowed to eat at the sanitized tables if they were available there in the dining room. Sadly, they were short staffed, having difficulties hiring help. I showed my full appreciation and they did the same, grateful for all of us there visiting. We just needed to show patience.
We headed back to the rim at sunset.
The canyon the next morning in the bright sunlight:
My husband reviewed the park maps and the next morning we headed out to Mossy Cave. The hike was beautiful, but very hot. And the cave was a very tiny area, that did indeed have moss. The hike was beautiful, the cave not so much. There was a bit of road construction going on in the area, so the drive took a bit of patience.
Unfortunately, my husband wasn’t feeling as well in the afternoon, so we took that time to rest. By staying at the lodge it allowed me to do some walking and exploring nearby without having to drive. That evening we walked and explored more around the canyon rim.
The next morning we got up before sunrise, camera and tri-pod in hand, and we walked to the canyon rim. Because we were looking into the sunrise, I found this very challenging. Below are a couple of photos that I do like. I actually did not intentionally include the person and the tree out on the point. However, I believe that is what makes that photo great. Accidental success! And it is a blessing because I can walk away not feeling like I failed 😊
And PS: It was windy and freezing out. Bless my dear husband for crawling out of bed and joining me for moral support!
Yes I did do some editing in Lightroom, which kind of amazed me.
After a simple breakfast in our room we headed out driving south to Rainbow Point. This stop was at the end of the road with breathtaking views. We walked the one mile Bristlecone Loop Trail and took in more beautiful views.
On our drive back to the lodge we stopped at every viewpoint except for Bryce Point. That is the only location where we could not find parking. We rested up for a bit in our room, then headed back to Bryce Point (located nearby). It was certainly worth the effort.
Below are a few photos of our drive, including a lunch snack at the Dawg House food truck. It’s amazing how good a hot dog tastes after a morning of exploring outdoors. 😃🌭
Below is from Bryce Point. Somewhere over on the other side, would be our lodge. A trail ran all the way around the rim. The view was simply breathtaking.
I do have one regret from our visit to Bryce Canyon. We did not hike down into the canyon. Partially due to time and energy. Partially because I’ve slipped on loose rocks, and the trek down is steep. Hiking along the edge like we did, I was slightly terrified of the canyon! 😱 The hike back up can also be very challenging from what I’ve heard. My husband was feeling better and he did offer to get up early our last morning to hike Navajo Loop Trail. However, I was fighting off a cold, and it was literally freezing overnight. I just didn’t have it in me. In hindsight we would have made that one of our first adventures. Perhaps I we can visit again in the near future. This was possibly my favorite park.
The photo below shows part of the trail leading down on the Navajo Loop Trail.
How to choose which photos to share? Bryce Canyon is amazing. If you get the chance to go, GO! If you are able to snag a room at the lodge, do it! Being on site, 5 minutes from the rim, is an unbelievable experience. When I looked into the canyon, I can not doubt God’s existence.
I kind of felt like this little guy when we had to leave…😠