The American Southwest Part 6: Night at Bryce Canyon National Park
The final stop on our American Southwest adventure was Bryce Canyon National Park. After hiking the Narrows and some extensive gift shop browsing in Zion, we piled back into the Farts-and-Gum* mobile to head north.
Bryce Canyon may have been my favorite stop for the entire trip. Driving into the park was very misleading at first glance. The ground is flat and covered in a blanket of pine trees. I couldn't help but feel like I was nestled in the New Jersey Pine Barrens as we set up camp.
However, a quick walk from camp lead to a completely different view:
We caught the sunset, which turned the orange canyon different shades of pink against the purple and blue sky.
After the sun had gone down, we began trekking back to camp through the darkness. On the way, we happened upon an unlikely discovery: a pizza place, right smack in the middle of the woods. Even with all the camp food we had left to eat, we couldn't pass up a few slices.
Back at camp, we started a fire and continued eating while fighting the urge to sleep. We were thoroughly exhausted after days of driving and hiking, but we were told Bryce Canyon's dark skies were ideal for seeing the milky way.
We were not disappointed.
* The Farts-and-Gum mobile is our Jeep, which smelled of farts and gum after we were done with it.