Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Utah Road Trip - Day 07

Wisely we decided to forego being at Bryce Canyon in time to take photos at dawn. Instead, we had a leisurely breakfast at Clark's and then went to Bryce to see Natural Bridge. When you get there the view is really breathtaking. It is one of the most photographed icons of the park. Be sure to see it in our photo gallery. Zion and Bryce seem really close together to have such different formations distinguishing each of them. And apparently it was a lot of the same forces influencing the shapes that happened in each one. Today at Bryce we got to see a herd of mule deer. On our way to Natural Bridge we had seen a car pulled off and a fellow out in the brush close to some kind of animal. When we returned lots of cars were pulled off and there were 40 or 50 deer in view. We couldn't find a good place to pull off among the many cars that were gathered so we decided to be content with the mule deer on the Bryce Canyon video from the visitor center. Back to Natural Bridges: When we got there the information told us that it is actually an arch not a bridge. Eventually the top part may break through so it was a special treat to get to see it while it is still an arch aka bridge.

Linda saw three signs she liked today. The first was on a rack of signs for sale at the restaurant. It said "Normal around here is just a setting on the dryer". When we stopped along the road at a general store they had a sign that said "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, we don't care who you are or who you think you are or who your daddy is". And on the fishing worm fridge the sign said "These worms are guaranteed to catch a fish or die trying".

After leaving Bryce Canyon we headed toward the Best Western Capitol Reef in Torrey, Utah. On the way there was NO traffic, beautiful scenery and good roads. We passed through several valleys where the land is being farmed and ranched. There was a Black Canyon, a Red Canyon and Otter Stream and Otter Lake. It was mostly what is called open range territory. The cattle can just graze right up to the edge of the road (and cross it if they choose!).

Tonight we ate at the hotel restaurant (the Red Cliff Restaurant) and both had the salad bar and a bowl of soup (beef noodle for Linda and clam chowder for John). Then we drove a few miles away to take some photos during what is called the golden hour (when the sky has those pretty pinks and blues and a glow). It was listed as being from 6:15 to 7:17. We decided it should be called the golden 62 minutes.

Today's photo gallery can be viewed by clicking here.

Teabag Philosophy for today from a Good Earth cup o' Chai: "The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes." (Frank Lloyd Wright 1869 - 1959)

John's Pot-Shot again chosen at random by the computer.

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