Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, & Great Basin

After hanging out in Zion, we continued our tour of Utah National Parks by visiting Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. These red rocks of Utah really are incredible and I'm glad our government decided to protect them so that anyone with time and desire can make a trip to see them in all their glory. Let's start with BRYCE... wow. Let me briefly explain the geology of Bryce Canyon: there's these rock formations called hoodoos which are made by soft rock eroding slowly to create tall, skinny, colorful tower shapes and when you have a bunch of them together in a huge canyon like Bryce it looks like you're in a fairytale land! Seriously, the view is what dreams are made of. 

^^ Seriously, so beautiful!

After Bryce, we made our way to Capitol Reef, which was also beautiful and felt very pre-historic. I kept telling Brad, "I feel like I'm in the Flintstones!" and "Where are the dinosaurs?" I must have been in a goofy mood, but I seriously felt like we were in a land of dinosaurs. Hahaha.. who knows.
Our next National Park was in the state of Nevada. Great Basin had two cool things about it: Bristlecone Pines and caves!! Bristlecone Pines are some of the oldest living trees in the world.. up to 5,000 years old! It was pretty amazing to stand in front of a tree that has been around since the time of Ancient Egypt. And speaking of old things in nature... caves. We toured a huge cave in Great Basin that had some of the most incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations. At one point during the tour, the guide had everyone turn off their flashlights to experience the pure darkness...scary! Literally, we could not see one thing. Even if you held your hand right in front of you, you would not be able to see it. Eerie! 

After Great Basin, it was off to the great state of California!


Rakel said...

amazing pics!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Amazing photos of a beautiful place!! xx

Charity said...

All of these photos are amazing. The one with you sitting on the rail my mom would have spanked you for. She hate for my brother and I do things she deems as dangerous.

Mickelle McCrory said...

awesome pics and what a great trip! I love your blog!

Misha said...

Wow, Bryce is incredible. I'm speechless (mostly;). I never knew that existed. Thanks for sharing!