On August 1 we embarked on our annual trip to Salt Lake City where I go to a Convention each summer. Since moving to the desert Southwest, we have always made this trip as a family and spent some time in interesting places–usually a National Park, but sometimes a National Monument, and often both.

This year we spent 2-1/2 days in Bryce Canyon National Park. It did not disappoint, and like all such places we have been, we only want to go back. Will there be enough time in our life to do what we want in all of them? We can only try.

We arrived in the evening, but since our time was short, we wanted to take a peek right away. Not knowing anything at all about the park, we decided to go to Sunset Point since it was right about sunset. This might not be my choice in the future because it seemed like everyone else in the park was doing the same thing, and I am not really enthused with crowds.  But it was beautiful and definitely worth the view.

The pictures below are of Bryce Amphitheater from different angles–mostly taken at or near Sunset Point. Let it be noted that this is near the park entrance, where the altitude is the lowest–over 8000 feet. We were  little chilly as darkness came to the beautiful place. It really was never hot there at all during our stay.

A traditional view of the amphitheater. (Click photo to enlarge.)

A traditional view of the amphitheater. (Click photo to enlarge.)

A photographer getting a different view.

A photographer getting a different view.

The same photographer is in this photo, but it gives an idea of perspective.

The same photographer is in this photo, but it gives an idea of perspective.

I loved the tenacity this tree growing in territory that should have been hostile too it. (Click photo to enlarge.)

I loved the tenacity this tree growing in territory that should have been hostile to it. (Click photo to enlarge.)

The same tree is in this picture.

The same tree is in this picture.

Bryce Amphitheater from near Sunset Point looking toward Inspiration Point. This is an enormous area. Several stops along the route will give a different view of this icon of Bryce Canyon. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Bryce Amphitheater from near Sunset Point looking toward Inspiration Point. This is an enormous area. Several stops along the route will give a different view of this icon of Bryce Canyon. (Click photo to enlarge.)

To not overwhelm you with pictures (that may all look sort of alike), I will cover Bryce Canyon over several weeks.

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