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I am recapping the wonderful time that I had with my family here in the States last summer. See all related posts under the category: summer tales. (I’ve done these recap posts the last few times when I had my family visit, and if you want to see how fast kids grow up, check out one of the previous posts from 2015.)
Thursday morning (7/8) we met for breakfast at 8:00 am. Breakfast was included in the hotel price (not always the case these days) and was served at the Cowboy’s Buffet & Steak Room. It felt a little bit like the family dining hall.
While we stuck to wearing masks (except at the table) and also using offered gloves when making selections at the buffet, most people had already suspended these types of “precautions” during our trip. We focused on doing what was within our control to stay safe.
After breakfast, we briefly stopped by the rooms to get our backpacks for the day and then we took the shuttle bus to the park which left right in front of the motel. It took us to Sunset Point. We had planned to hike the Navajo Loop and Queen’s Garden Trail, about 2.9 miles (4.6 km) and 625 feet (119 m) elevation gain and we anticipated it would take us about 2-3 hours. But first, we admired the view from Sunset Point.
from left: my nephew, dad, mom, BIL, me, niece, and sister
We didn’t make it to Bryce Canyon National Park on our trip in 2015, which meanst the park was new territory for my sister’s family.
Then we started our hike. The kids were very excited :)
First, we went down the Navajo Loop Trail in serpentines deep into Bryce Canyon. Then we crossed “Wall Street”, the only slot canyon in Bryce. Impressive how high the rock walls rise up on both sides.
Then we hiked along a fairly flat hiking trail with stunning views of the “hoodoos” (that’s what the rock pyramids in Bryce Canyon are called) from below.
The hike ended at Sunrise Point.
Since we wanted to go back to the park for the sunset, we decided to take the shuttle bus back to the hotel and relax in the afternoon. We were dropped off at the endpoint of the shuttle loop and then walked through “Old Bryce Town”, a small western-style shopping strip, including a rock and souvenir shop. Some fun was had with those photo stand-ins. Haha.
We planned to have dinner relatively early so we could drive back into the park to a) stop at the visitor center (I still had to get my National Park Passport Book stamped) and b) get to Sunset Point in time for the sunset.
The sunset and the light over Bryce Canyon were stunning. The colors were unreal. Of course, we took advantage of these picture-perfect circumstances to take some family pictures.
my twin sister and I
It was hard to peel ourselves away from these amazing views, but when the sun had set and it was slowly starting to get dark, we headed back to the hotel. However, we could not resist briefly stopping at the official park entrance sign when driving out of the park.