The American Southwest Part 7: Day at Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon was surprisingly cold at night, which made waking up before dawn a struggle. Despite sore legs and tired heads, the Crew soldiered on, just as we did the entire trip. We made it to the canyon's edge to watch the sunrise. It was less epic than we had hoped, due to cloud coverage, but it was beautiful nonetheless.
Afternoon at Bryce Canyon is like a completely different place. The soft pink and cream canyon melts into vibrant orange and rust-colored pillars once you begin the descent to the canyon floor. We hiked the short but beautiful Navajo Trail loop.
This trail passes by "Thor's Hammer" and "Wallstreet", to name a few of the Bryce landmarks.
After hiking Bryce, we were on the road again for the remainder of the day. We had some errands to run once we made it back to Flagstaff and managed to land a decent set of beds in Sedona. We rewarded ourselves with hot showers and a delicious BBQ dinner, complete with cactus fries and rattlesnake sausage.
The following morning we made the quick trip back down to Phoenix, where we stuffed ourselves with Dick's -- I mean, brunch at Dick's Hideaway (highly recommend) -- and returned our stinky Jeep.
I'm so thankful I was able to go on this incredible adventure. It will forever be one of those trips I look back on over and over again, which is why I wanted to document each and every part of it. I'm so grateful to Danielle for inviting me along and for the rest of the Crew for being so welcoming, and for being the perfect travel team.
Moral of this long-winded story: get out there and explore, you'll be amazed by what you find!