Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Utah Road Trip - Day 06

Bryce Canyon most all day today. After eating our complimentary breakfast at Clark's Restaurant (two pancakes and beverage, or take 30% off of a "real" breaakfast!) we headed for the visitor center at Bryce Canyon National Park. We got our passport book stamped (which gives us a few points in National Park Heaven).

Linda got a Bryce pin for her purple jacket and we watched a film about the geology and history of Bryce. 200 million years ago the earth's crust was crinkling throughout Nevada, into southern Canada. Many of the really beautiful geologic features in the U.S. are related to these events which formed the Colorado Plateau. Forces of nature such as water, earthquakes and volcanoes have made changes during those 200 million years. Bryce is known for its spectacular hoodoos, fiery colors and some of the starriest night skies in the country.

Ebenezer and Mary Bryce lived in the area (now the town of Tropic where our motel is) from 1875-1880 and aided in the settlement of southwestern Utah and northern Arizona. The land behind their property started being called Bryce's Canyon. When asked about it Ebenezer said "It's a hell of a place to lose a cow!". It became a national park in 1928.

A greeting at the visitor center said "The magic awaits, the meanings abound, the memories endure". We visited 6 different areas today getting up above 8,900 feet in elevation. After the 4th one Linda started feeling a little icky but tried to use positive thinking and didn't tell John. By the 6th one she was positive that she was experiencing altitude sickness. By that time it was midday so John, Linda and Fannie returned to the lower elevation of their lodging in Tropic (around 6,000 feet).

After lunch and a short nap Linda felt better so we returned to the park and had dinner at Bryce Canyon Lodge. Our cordial and accomplished waitress was also a Linda. John's Linda had blue corn dredged ruby trout. John had an end cut of prime rib and both had cups of lobster & shrimp chowder. Linda was intrigued by the list of Utah beers such as Uinta Cutthroat Pale Ale, Squatter's Organic Amber and Zion Canyon Jamaican Lager. She finally chose Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen. Here's the description on the label: "The seductive fusion of crisp apricot and tantilizing wheat produces an astonishing explosion of enticing flavors. This tart little number is possibly the sexiest beer we have ever made." www.utahbeers.com And Linda did find that it went swimmingly with her trout! Who knew apricots could inspire sexy beer?

John and Linda finished their dinner in time to arrive at Sunset Point during the "golden hour" during sunset. John set up a tiny tripod on top of a square rock along the path and got some nice shots. Linda ventured up the path for a different view.

Today's photo gallery has 56 photos (mostly of Bryce Canyon). Thirty-six of the photos are HDR images. You can view the photo gallery by clicking here.

Linda's Teabag Philosophy for today: From Good Earth green tea "The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it." (Plutarch 46 AD - 120 AD)

John's Pot-Shot was again randomly selected by computer. But, they are all good ones!

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