Bryce Canyon

Utah – Life elevated

Leaving Yosemite, we pulled an all-nighter and drove across Nevada and into Utah… A state with numerous national parks to be explored Zion with its deep canyons and steep cliffs, Bryce with its brilliant colored HooDoo’s and Canyonlands with the Colorado River meandering around sheer cliffs.

Utah – Life elevated

Our first stop was Zion.. where we camped for 2-nights in the park – here we scaled Angel’s Landing – a hike discovered in 1916, by Frederick Fisher who exclaimed it is so high he figured, “only an angel could land on it.” It has quite a reputation as being a dangerous walk – at least six people have fallen to their deaths, many of the deaths come from tragic accidents when people have slipped off the edge while crossing through exposed areas where it is necessary to hold onto cables.  Anyway, we manged to accomplish it alive and live to tell the tale, I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Me sat at the top of Angel's landing ridge
Me sat at the top of Angel’s landing ridge
The cables and sheer drop offs
The cables and sheer drop offs
The cables and sheer drop off
The cables and sheer drop off
Me and Tom at the top
Me and Tom at the top
Near the edge!
Near the edge!

Leaving Zion we headed to Bryce Canyon – this one’s been on my list for a while and it didn’t disappoint.. with its amphitheater of brilliant colored HooDoo’s watching over you – I could have gazed out at them for hours…

Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Close up of the hoodoos
Close up of the hoodoos

Tearing ourselves away, we drove to Moab – a town surrounded by National Park’s, Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands and Arches. Finding a nice spot, we camped for two nights on the Colorado river away from the hustle and bustle of the town.. A few things I need to mention, during our stay we saw a snake and one night, whilst we were sat around the camp fire, we saw a tarantula run across the floor – the size of my hand –  let me put it this way, after seeing that, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to getting into the tent!

Camping by the Colorado river!
Camping by the Colorado river!

Here’s a few pictures from the parks we visited..

Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyonlands
Canyonlands
Canyonlands
Canyonlands
Mesa Arches - Canyonlands
Mesa Arches – Canyonlands

Leaving the parks we headed up to Salt Lake City, where we treated ourselves to a few nights in an air bnb away from the van – our host(s) Celeste and Cori were incredible and by the time we left they felt like family…In SLC we recharged the batteries, visited the breweries sampled the craft beers and visited Crown Burgers, a burger joint which was on Man V Food, famous for its beef patties and pastrami stacked burgers – they were pretty darn good!

 

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