Bryce Canyon I | The Geneva Convention: Bryce Canyon I

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bryce Canyon I

Four and a half years ago, my family took a trip out west. We put over 3,000 miles on our rental car as we drove from Vegas to LA and Pasadena, and then wound our way through five national parks and a Cirque du Soleil show before getting on a plane back to Mittenland. I still have fond memories of the trip -- walking under redwoods in Yosemite, wilting in the heat of Death Valley, singlehandedly devouring an entire beef stew in a bread bowl after the ill-fated decision to walk 1.5 miles down Bright Angel at the Grand Canyon.

(PSA: 1.5 miles down feels like 3 miles back up, and results in a second degree sunburn if attempted midmorning with extremely pale skin.)

All those places were beautiful, but I liked Bryce best of all.

17 year old me never expected to return to Bryce, but as James' family not only calls Utah home, but is so outdoorsy it's almost surprising they live in a house, I found myself spending the first weekend of January hiking in and around the canyon.

We drove down the morning after I arrived, through mountains and canyons, and arrived just before lunch. We took a light hike that afternoon, in order to help me acclimate to the altitude (8,000 feet above sea level) and my new boots. By the time we got back up to the rim of the canyon, the sun had set, and we could see a sliver of the moon.

Absolutely magical.

Have you ever visited a National Park? What is your favorite?

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