Sunday, April 30, 2006

6:30AM - Heading out for Bryce Canyon.
Before sunrise, but easy to see the road. We are off for Bryce Canyon. It is a beautiful day!

7AM - First Hoodoos.
Just after we turned east on to Hwy 12, Little Mavicito spotted his first hoodoos!

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HooDoo One and HooDoo Two.

7:30AM - Bryce Canyon National Park.

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8AM - North Campground.
There are two campgrounds inside Bryce Canyon Park. They are named North and South. Only North Campground is open at this time. There was only one campsite unoccupied when we arrived. It is site #22, and we setup there. A few minutes later, two more campsites opened up, as RVs pulled out. If a campsite opens up that has less tree cover, Mr. Sunny wants to move there.

Mr. DeLorme wants you to know that our campsite is at the 7,916 foot elevation. Thank you, Mr. DeLorme.

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The Team in Campsite #22 in North Campground.

9:30AM - Sunny Site #55!
Campsite #55 at the top of the campground opened up. So, we moved up there. Mr. Sunny is generating 18 amps, and the sun is still rising!

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Sunny Site #55

10:30AM - Registration.
We went to register, and were very surprised to see that most of the spaces were empty! Take a peek, OK? See all of the spaces without the permit stubs?

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11AM - Touring on Mr. Trek.
The shuttle buses will not begin running until May 26th, so we are touring around on Mr. Trek. First we went to the visitor's center, and saw a really neat movie about Bryce Canyon. Did you know that it isn't really a canyon? It's really a high mesa, part of the Colorado Plateau.

Then we pedaled down to the Bryce Lodge, to find out about taking a horse ride into the canyon. It’s pretty expensive, but several readers have encouraged us to take the horse trip down into the canyon. We may do it tomorrow.

The Chevron Station.
Near the Bryce Lodge, is an old Chevron gasoline station. It is not operating, but exists now as an historic treasure! I remember buying gas from pumps like these. Take a peek at the price per gallon, OK?

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The good old days!

12:30PM - Where is the rim trail?
We had a map showing the trails. Little Mavicito wanted to take pics from the rim trail. But where was it? We were very surprised that the rim trail is sooooo close to where we are camped. Just over the hill!

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Our first look from the rim trail.

3PM - The MsTioga Shuttle.
The viewpoints are quite aways down the road. MsTioga suggested that since the Bryce Canyon shuttle had not started this year, that she should be The Team's shuttle. Wow! What a great idea. So, we all piled into MsTioga and took off down the road.

Inspiration is the first viewpoint that we came to. This point is on a large hill.

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There are sooooo many hoodoos from Inspiration Point, that you wouldn't believe!

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View from Inspiration Point.

Would you like to see some hoodoo closeups?

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Hoodoos closeup at Inspiration Point.

5PM - Laundry time!
There is some kind of a laundromat at the Camper's Store, and we went to wash clothes. The Team has never seen a laundromat like this one. The washing machines use ice water. Very unusual? Hmmmmm?

Note from Mr. Chips:
You may experience slower downloads during our Bryce Canyon National Park adventure. We are going to many places each day, and this means that Little Mavicito takes many pics. Much more than ususal.

If you have a slow internet service, dialup, stuff like that, please be patient, OK?


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