[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” content_placement=”top” columns_height=”adjust_cols_height”][vc_column][vc_column_text]From the early days when I started trekking and exploring, I always wanted to visit the Bryce Canyon National Park. I was awed by the rock formations and I had read every article available on it. So the day I finished finalising my trip, it was like a dream come true. The countdown began to visit the place and my excitement grew ! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13165″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row”][vc_column][vc_column_text]I stayed at a hotel near the park. With my Harp backpack armed with water and cap, I put on my trekking shoes, cotton clothes and set out. I started from the plateau part of the park and viewed the valley containing the fault and Paria River just beyond it. I was capturing every rock, every stone in my camera and in my memory bank ![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13160″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content_no_spaces”][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13170″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a short detour to Sheep Point, I trekked to Bryce Point. The road was quite smooth and I could see at least 50 people giving me company as we trekked. Strangers, yet together today, as we explored nature’s miracle. I returned, to take a ride back to Inspiration Point, where I was fascinated by the astonishing views from three different elevations. The highest elevation was a short, but steep hike (but worth it)!
The sun was beating down my back, the gentle breeze was soothing the pin pricks of heat. I was oblivious to all of this, just enchanted by the formations that I was seeing, at every famous point! I clicked away, trying to capture the sun’s glare against the red, orange and white colors of the rocks. The towering spires, fins, arches and mazes made a stunning contrast with the green forests and blue sky as a backdrop.
I chose the Rim Trail from here to the Sunset Point, the highlight of this park and a two and half mile round trip on foot. My mind conjured images on the rocks – the monkey, the row of houses, the elephant’s trunk and the castle. This trek took longer as I stopped to admire the rocks that spoke to me!
I reached the heart of Bryce Canyon National Park – the Sunset Point and joined the people walking along the canyon, amongst the weird, beautiful 200 million year old rock formations, called the hoodoos. Again, I was amazed to find around seventy people, walking at various distances on the trail! My legs were starting to ache after the 4 mile trek, yet this was an opportunity of a lifetime and I walked on.
The clouds slowly seeped in, bringing a different color to the hoodoos with the sun peeping in from behind the clouds. The Amphitheatre was a vision that boasted of nature’s beauty. I captured lovely snaps from the Vista point. On the Navajo Loop Trail, I captured precious shots of the “Wall Street”, “Two Bridges” and “Thor’s Hammer”.
Throughout the hike, I yearned to catch a glimpse of the mountain lion or pronghorn antelope. But it was not to be! Bald eagles and golden eagles seemed to sweep the sky, in sight of their prey. An amazing sight to watch the power of these birds as they soared up and down. The heat and humidity brought out the insects that made me watch my step and distracted me, during my trail, from soaking in the rocks!
By then, the sun was setting in its glory – the natural arches playing with shadows and light across the rocks. The strict restriction to bring in food, marking of plastic bottles, signboards to avoid litter and garbage bins to dispose at every turn – in an effort to keep the park clean has yielded its results.
With a heavy heart, I took the environmentally-friendly shuttle bus as I set out to the informative museum at the Visitor Center. I bought a lot of souvenirs, filled my Harp bag, and slowly set out to my hotel. I kept glancing back to capture the sights of this beautiful place – nature at its best, signifying endurance and pride at overcoming obstacles. This trip will forever be etched in my memory, will find its place in the stories I tell my grandchildren and an important part of my memoirs.
Since my return, I have relived my trip, with every person willing to listen – that too, multiple times. My family and friends have accepted the fact, that each conversation will have some mention of the Bryce Canyon National Park.
As I look back at the pictures today, while I share this experience with my diary, I have relived one of the most wonderful days in my life.
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