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In the span of just a few days, we hit some of the most fabulous scenery we’ve ever seen at The Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Neither prepared us for what was ahead at Bryce Canyon National Park though.
Sorry, Grand Canyon, you may be bigger and more well-known, but Bryce Canyon gets our vote for Most Awesome Canyon. Walking up to the lip of Bryce Canyon is like peering into another world. We almost thought little green men were going to come out of one of the crevices to greet us.
The canyon is filled top to bottom with bright orange and yellow spires (hoodoos). Vegetation is sparse, but the occasional tree springs right out of rock, it seems. And the bluest of blue skies is overhead. This felt like an other-worldly land for sure.
Due to being just this side of the middle of nowhere, Bryce Canyon receives just under 1/2 as many visitors as Zion National Park and only 1/3 of what the Grand Canyon sees. The 1.2 million per year that do make the trek though are treated to …2 Comments
Well, folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for is here. The last two months, you’ve been forced to read articles by Mommy and Scott. First, Mommy told you about her road experience in her article Renewing My Faith. Then Scott told you about The Stories Around Me.
Those were decent travel accounts, I suppose, but I know that you’ve all been waiting for me to put paws to paper, so to speak, and tell you about the experiences I had, friends I made, and lessons I learned over 40,000 miles of travel.
Prior to November 2011, I thought I was one tough dog. I was the dominant dog in my group of canine friends. I chased birds, squirrels and chipmunks, who all scurried away in fear. I growled at strangers and they crossed the street to avoid my terrifying presence. And then my humans decided to drag me along on their road trip.
To say I was ill-prepared for the world beyond my mid-size Southern city is an understatement. I was a mere pup by
Having driven over 40,000 miles through 35-40 states and 3 Canadian provinces, it’s hard to pick out “the prettiest place we’ve seen”. There are two places that we find ourselves talking about consistently though: Alaska and Utah. We’ve told you about Alaska plenty of times before, so we’ll get to Utah now.
After our trip to the Grand Canyon to hike Bright Angel, we headed north to Zion National Park for our first real experience of Utah. We had no idea of how phenomenal the entire Utah landscape is, not just in Zion, but throughout the state’s National Parks.
The main feature of Zion National Park is Zion Canyon, a 15-mile long gorge cut up to a half-mile deep through the sandstone by the Virgin River. For those of us from the east, the river is more like a wide creek, but out west, this is a bona fide river.
The park is home to numerous climate zones, flora, and fauna.
Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles
Back in March 2012, we stopped by the Grand Canyon on our way to southwest Colorado. We didn’t have time to hike below the rim that day. Instead, we just went to an overlook and saw the Canyon with a dusting of snow. But we knew we’d be coming back to venture down, down, down.
After leaving San Diego in September, we headed straight for the Grand Canyon for a couple nights of camping and a day hike of the Bright Angel Trail. There’s no better way to marvel at this giant crack in the ground than to walk down into it.
Nearest City/Town: Flagstaff, AZ
Length: 6 miles
Elevation: ~1900 ft
Time: 3-5 hours
There are two trails leading into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim: The South Kaibab trail and the Bright Angel trail. Since we could park and walk to Bright Angel, we decided to go for that one. We hit the trailhead around 8am, after dropping Knox off at the kennel for boarding.
We decided to hike in 3-4 miles and turn back based on time and how …No Comments
Just a quick post today to wish a very happy holidays to all of our readers. We hope you get to spend time with your loved ones – both the two-legged and the four-legged ones!No Comments