Who knew about Hoodoos?

More on Hoodoos in a moment. As we left the Boulder Mountain Lodge this morning, they were preparing for an Easter egg hunt, with children from all over being grouped by age for the big event.  One young man caught our eye, as he was no Eastern dude wearing brand-new cowboy boots.  No, this young man has well and truly broken his footwear in, and he is no stranger to the hunt – for Easter eggs, or any other forms of nourishment.  (This picture is for Reese, who will come west one day and have his own hat.)

Then it was off to Bryce Canyon, to see what all the fuss is about.  How different would this collection of red stones be?  Well, we soon saw.

Another geological wonder, one of the unique features of the formations here are the hoodoos. Yes, that is what they call them, and, no, I don’t think that is their scientific name.  If you were a Paiute Indian, you would know that they are people who had been tricked by the Coyote, and turned into stone.  If not, you would hear about the unusual effects of erosion that separated these columns of rocks into sentries and castles and minarets that are amazing to see.  Go know.

The canyons are stunning and the vistas stretch forever.  As my mother-in-law used to say, “Who says we are getting over-crowded?  Look at all that empty space out West!” Let’s hope one day the view does not include a Wal-Mart.  From what we have read, the forces of preservation are fighting an intense battle with the forces of mining and development in Utah.  Outcome to be determined.

There are various viewpoints along the rim of the canyon, each of which offers something spectacular.  Look at this amazing bridge, which is really an arch.  (Remember our confusion of a few days ago?)  This was the best sight of the day, I think. The entire canyon area here was extraordinary.

The final view of the rim is Rainbow Point.  It’s hard to believe we are getting used to this elevation.  It is also stunning, as is the overall size of the entire canyon, and its distinction from other parks in this part of the world.  Feast your eyes and enjoy this expanse.  Can you smell the Ponderosa pines?



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