kayaking on Loch Leven near Glencoe, Scotland, 2018

kayaking on Loch Leven near Glencoe, Scotland, 2018

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

After visiting Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Escalante, we thought we'd seen just about every kind of rock formation one could possibly see in southern Utah. But nothing could have prepared us for what awaited at Bryce Canyon National Park.

At Bryce Canyon, it is all about the hoodoos, also called fairy chimneys or earth pyramids. Honestly, we could not stop taking photos, we were so mesmerized by this unique landscape. For this post, it's best to let the pictures tell the story.

They call this formation Thor's Hammer

We descended down, down these switchbacks to the bottom of the canyon. Getting back out wasn't as hard as I expected.

They call this the Queen's Garden because it looks like Queen Victoria. It does, huh!

Other highlights at Bryce included cooler temps due to a higher elevation, amazing star gazing, the Milky Way in full view, and actual showers -- not something you find at most national parks.