August 2 was our first full day at Bryce Canyon National Park. We awoke to a temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. That was reason enough to be there in August!
That morning we did “The World’s Greatest 3-Mile Hike” which is the combination of two shorter trails. One trail is the “Queen’s Garden Trail” and the other is “Navajo Loop.” We could not do longer hikes on this trip because of my ankle problems and because 4 miles is about the limit of our 5-year-old.
Here are the pictures. Most will enlarge if clicked.
This is near the beginning of our hike that started at Sunrise Point.
A view of the Bryce Amphitheater between two hoodoos.
The redness comes from iron.
The family on the trail.
This is why it is the "Queen's Garden Trail." The hoodoo formation on the left is said to look like a profile of Queen Victoria on her throne. (I'm not sure why it could not be any queen.) My daughters thought the formation just to the right of it, a little lower, looked like the head of a dragon. (This impressed them more than the queen.)
This was the first experience my daughters had with cairns. They loved it, and the oldest one got into putting a stone on any one she could find--usually doing something difficult to balance. These cairns were in the bottom of the canyon.
The trail in the bottom was all-but-deserted, and quite different scenery than the top.
The trees in the bottom had some terrific shapes for framing the stone parts of the canyon.
This little area enchanted me. I loved the way the hoodoos and trees, similarly-shaped, were all together in a garden of sorts.
I think this is "Wall Street." So named because not much sky could be seen through this part of the hike.
This is near the top of the path out. This is QUITE a climb. Thankfully the scenery is spectacular, so it's fine to stop frequently to take pictures (rest). I think the hike would be easier to enter this way (Navajo Loop) and leave the way we came in (Queen's Garden). People were going down in this place in flip flops. I would not recommend that.
We made it out! One 5-year-old was very, very tired! She walked most of the way herself, even the last, uphill part.
This is actually part of the rim trail between Sunset and Sunrise point. This hiker, with bad ankles, was limping a bit by this point.
If you are interested in last week’s Bryce Canyon (which is not technically a Canyon, but I will address that later if I have space) episode, go here.
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