After an easy-going day in Page, AZ, we were ready for another leg of our journey. Our stop of the day: Bryce Canyon National Park. Once again, I knew that this park existed. I looked up some trails that looked interesting on the internet. Yet, it’s so different to actually be there. Because we were about to lose another hour to Utah’s daylight saving time and Best Western’s advice to enjoy their (free) breakfast either very earlier or late in the morning, we opted for early. Bags had been packed in the evening. It was breakfast and dumping our stuff in the car that was on our to do list for Page for the day.
Best Western’s breakfast buffet is the best I’ve seen during my travels – anywhere. It’s well prepared, divers and well-organised. I can understand why breakfast is packed in the morning. It’s just too good. By the time it’s was 8 am Arizona time, we were already in Utah. In other words, it was 9 am. Now that might sound like we woke up in the middle of the night and that the breakfast buffet starts sometime in the middle of the night. It’s 16 kms from Page, to the Utahan border.
The way to Bryce was uneventful. There were some slowbro driving in front of us, but hey, it’s not the end of the world. Just before noon we arrived in Bryce City and Bryce Canyon National Park. The weather was a bit cloudy, but it was dry! Which is the most important thing as far as I’m concerned. Bryce is just the most beautiful of National Park I’ve seen so far. It’s impressive and the colours! They are so magnificent. I reckon you can find every shade of red and orange in the rocks. We first went to the visitor’s center to go to the loo and get some information pamphlets.
It’s so hard to describe the wonders of nature when you haven’t been there, because no words can do Bryce justice. We hiked the Queen’s Garden trail which led us into the canyon. The sights from down the canyon to where you came from all the way up, are – for the lack of better words – incroyable! Visiting Bryce shouldn’t be a question, it’s a must. Small reminder though, that going down into the canyon, means that you need to go up as well. Make sure you wear the right shoes (preferably hiking boots) and know your own limits. Especially when it’s hot, going back up, can be a challenge.
After these marvels on the Queen’s Garden trail, we went back to the car and drove to the end of the park to see the sights. To be honest, the first part of the park is the most beautiful in my opinion. Still, that doesn’t mean the other parts suck. Around 5 pm, we went back to Bryce City, to check in to our lodge for the evening. For dinner we went to the next town, Tropic, UT, somewhere down a hill/mountain. We managed to get our mileage to like 75 miles a gallon, just going down the hill. We loved our little car computer. In Tropic, I ate a Philly Cheese Steak (nothing beats the ones in Philly though!) and we had a milkshake to go. In our room we watched some TV (I reckon it was Bones?). It was an early night anyways.