Joe and Jim at Sunrise Point before starting the hike
Joe, Jim and I ventured out on a hike today to Tower Bridge. Tower Bridge looks very similar to the Tower Bridge in London. One of the main differences is the Tower Bridge in Bryce Canyon was formed millions of years ago and is called a Hoodoo.
Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and “broken” lands. Hoodoos are most commonly found in the High Plateaus region of the Colorado Plateau and in the Badlands regions of the Northern Great Plains. While hoodoos are scattered throughout these areas, nowhere in the world are they as abundant as in the northern section of Bryce Canyon National Park. In common usage, the difference between Hoodoos and pinnacles or spires is that hoodoos have a variable thickness often described as having a “totem pole-shaped body.” A spire, on the other hand, has a smoother profile or uniform thickness that tapers from the ground upward. For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/brca/learn/nature/hoodoos.htm Continue reading
Here’s a couple of pictures of our site at Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon. This is the second year we’ve stayed at this campground. It is very convenient–less than a mile from the main gate, and has ultra-clean facilities. Here’s a couple of pictures of our nicely wooded camp sites.
Above left is a picture of Aphrodite along with Jim’s rental rig. Thor in the foreground. On the right is a picture of Mike & Mary’s rpod in the EXACT same site we were in last year! Beautifully wooded and all three sites are adjacent.
We drove through snow, rain, wind and sleet today on our way to Bryce Canyon. If you look right beyond the mirror you can catch a glimpse of one of the mountain tops that was covered in snow for this most recent spring storm. The mountain ranges from Colorado to Bryce Canyon were quite beautiful with snow covered peaks. We rolled into Ruby’s Inn Campground late day and finished cleaning and flushing the water lines from winter storage.
Mike, Mary and Jim were already here and had their camps set up. There is not much happening outside today due to the weather. They had snow, sleet, rain, snow and then repeat again. The weather is supposed to improve tomorrow. The evening sky is quite pretty and there is a stunning glow of pink as I sit here in Aphrodite and look out our back window.
We are settled in for the night. Our plan tomorrow is for Jim, Joe and I to do a hike and meet up with Mike and Mary at the Bryce Canyon Lodge for lunch. The weather looks like it is going to improve so tomorrow night we plan to cook outside and having a fire. Keep your fingers crossed for our weather. Until tomorrow, have a joyful day.
We rolled out of Grand Junction with Aphrodite after a little problem. The first time you open the garage after the winter you keep your fingers crossed, as there are just so many moving parts in one of these trailers. So our morning started with the discovery of no battery life. Being the rookies we still are and needing to get the trailer lined up to Thor we proceeded to hand crack the trailer up and up and up. After many cranks we were hitched up and did discover that as soon as the trailer is plugged into Thor you have power and the electronic jack worked. I must say that brought a big smile to both our faces. It is so funny how the little things make such a difference when they work as designed. The batteries are great now after 6 hours of driving today. We will deal with this upon our return.
Our first trip of 2015 and it is a family camping trip. I have 3 brothers and 2 sister in laws and here is how our adventure lays out.
Mike (my oldest brother) and Mary (Michiganders)-drove out to Colorado with their R-Pod trailer last week and we had a wonderful weekend in Colorado, a typical spring weekend. Sun, snow, sun, snow. They pulled out Monday for Moab and met up with my youngest brother (from Las Vegas).
Jim (brother 3) rented an RV and met them in Moab on Monday.
John (second oldest) and Cheryl (also Michiganders) flew to Phoenix and picked up their RV. They have an RV at home but didn’t have the time to drive 3 days out so chose to go this path of renting.
Here is our plan:
Tonight we are in Bryce Canyon with Mike, Mary and Jim. We are here until Sunday and then we caravan to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I have never seen the GC so super excited would be an understatement.
We look forward to sharing this family vacation with you. We have not vacationed together since a trip to Walt Disney World which took place many, many years ago. It has been a year in planning. I can’t think of a greater adventure than doing a trip with family.
Our adventure has begun and I looking forward to laughing, sharing and together time with an amazing family. Follow us as we explore this great country and share time together.