I promised myself I would return to Bryce, and was lucky enough to get back as part of a whirlwind bucket list trip to Southern Utah.  I was joined by my good friends from Wisconsin, Kristin, Ginny and John.  Meeting up with them made this trip so much more fun.  I was last here in the Spring, when the roads where closed due to snow, this trip we fought the heat of the afternoon sun.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Kristin at one of the many BCNP overlooks

We spent 2 days at Bryce, enjoying the overlooks and doing some hiking.  We camped at Kodachrome State Park, which is only about 20 miles away.  Kodachrome is one of the best State Parks I have ever camped in.  It has the most amazing bathrooms/showers I have ever experienced in a public park.  I am not kidding, the bathrooms were decorated beautifully and better than the ones at home.  Our afternoon showers were actually luxurious!  I am so sorry I did not take a picture of them to share with you.

Kodachrome state Park
Ginny, John and Kristin enjoying Bloody Mary’s in camp – Kodachrome State Park

Kristin flew into Salt Lake City and I was able to pick her up on my drive down from Montana.  We met up with Ginny and John with their RV who were on their way back to WI from visiting parks across the West.  John was our fire master, who also made amazing S’mores.  We enjoyed playing cards and good conversation each night.  It was such a treat to coordinate this adventure with such good friends.

The challenge with this posting is having to pick out only a few pictures from Bryce Canyon.  It is so beautiful that the pictures cannot quite capture how amazing it is.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

But I will sure give it a try:

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

What I learned about the park:

It was great to experience Bryce this Spring, with a dusting of snow and again in the Fall in 85 degree weather.  I am sorry that it was too hot to do much hiking this trip, but the views were amazing and never got old.  Each time you turned another corner of the Rim Trail, you were surprised all over again at the stunning beauty.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Patty and Kristin
Bryce Canyon National Park – Patty and Kristin

Along with the rock formations called “hoodoos” Bryce is known as a “dark sky area” which offers a great view of the night sky.  Each night we were blessed with a cloudless sky and even though we dreaded that middle of then night need to relieve ourselves, we were also glad for it because we were able to enjoy a stunning night sky.

What I learned about myself:

I often do these trips on my own.  That offers is it’s own kind of adventure.  But I realize there is really nothing better than experiencing these adventures with dear friends.  It really enhances the experience and deepens our friendship.  I cherish the time we are able to spend together in these beautiful places.

Some thoughts for you:

I will use one of Kristin’s quotes for this section:  “you just need to get out here, no excuses”.

Remember —  Get out there!!!

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