Tuesday, June 23, 1998
Chris and I were both totally unimpressed with the Grand Canyon. As Chris said, you couldn't see any natural beauty because there were so many people all over it. So Sunday morning we beat feet out of there, stopping at a couple of scenic overlooks for the obligatory"we were there" photos.
We drove north up route 89 and then turned west and drove along the Vermilion Cliffs that so impressed Tom Hall when they were out here in February, they are very beautiful indeed but even more impressive close up, as pieces of these cliffs keep breaking off. It made me a little nervous to be driving along there with boulders the size of Volkswagen buses lying everywhere, some right next to the road, I kept looking up at the cliffs and scanning for loose rock.
Then all of a sudden we were going up,up up and before we knew what was happening we were out of the desert and up on the Kaibab Plateau which is thickly forested with Douglas Fir and has a lot of deer and alpine looking meadows with lots of gorgeous little wildflowers. We stopped for the night at a private campground in a place called Jacob Lake. After we set up we strolled down to take a look at the lake as the people at the office had told us where it could be found. "Why it's no bigger than our pond at home!" said Chris in amazement, and it wasn't much.
The next day we drove for about 20 miles in the wrong direction, back towards the North Rim of the Grand Canyon before I discovered our mistake, I didn't mind as it was all so pretty. Chris wanted to go to Utah, he said it was his favorite state so that's where we were headed. We came down off the Plateau, stopping at a scenic vista where Chris had the huge thrill of seeing a scorpion attack an ant and crossed the border into Utah.
I saw a sign for Bryce Canyon and having heard that it was very nice we decided to come up here.
We have not been to the canyon yet. I am writing this in a teepee at Ruby's Campground and RV park at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park where we stopped last night. The teepee was an extra $7 but Chris was so taken with the idea I indulged him. If Bryce Canyon is even more scenic than what we've already seen I will probably just keel right over, Utah is GORGEOUS!!!
Breathtaking mountains, green valleys and lots of beautiful horses. I would move here in just about a red hot minute.