Sunrise by Request – Day Two in Bryce

April 22, 2012

Bryce Canyon’s hoodoos glowing at dawn, April 21, 2012

(Bryce Canyon City, Utah, April 21, 2012) Joan Jennings, one of our fellow participants, thought it would be a good idea for us to see sunrise over Bryce Canyon. Last night she suggested it to Marcia, who agreed to it if at least ten of us would go.

The morning hike down to Queen’s Gardens

This morning at 6 am, twenty-one Road Scholars boarded the bus and headed to the canyon. The no-colors gradually gave way to pinks and tans, and then deep reds and deeper shadows as the sun rose over the horizon. There probably weren’t twenty-one happier people for hundreds of miles.

The morning sun reaching further down into the canyon

Later in the morning, we hiked down into Bryce Canyon to the Queen’s Gardens and Wall Street to see the hoodoos up close and personal. Today was the day I learned that canyons really do look better from within. It’s a lesson I won’t soon forget.

Queen Victoria in hoodoo sandstone

One of the hoodoos famously looks like Queen Victoria. There is a certain resemblance, but some of us could swear we heard, “Albert, does this hoodoo make our arses look fat?”

But I digress…We continued our hike along the canyon and back up to Sunset Point to end our day of hiking and have lunch along the trail before heading back to St. George and our farewell dinner. It’s been a fantastic time, one we’d all like to repeat someday, particularly with program coordinators and geologists like Marcia Cooper and Keith Norlin.

Marcia Cooper’s famous laugh, Bryce Canyon, April 21, 2012


One Response to “Sunrise by Request – Day Two in Bryce”

  1. Jess white Says:

    I love your smile!

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