Bryce Canyon-Tower Bridge Hike

Joe and Jim at Sunrise Point before starting the hike

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 

Here is a look at the formation process which occurred within the canyon

Four step formation process (Plateau-Fin-Window-Hoodoo)

Okay, enough on the geology lesson

The hike began with a 1.7 mile downhill (and you know the rule).  It was quite lovely and here are few pics of the way down.

bee on flower on tower bridge trailSpringtime in the canyon 

Various Hoodoos we called out what we saw in the formation

Various Hoodoos we called out what we saw in the formation

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Hoodoos through a sandstone window

Hoodoos through a sandstone window

And finally the Tower Bridge:FullSizeRender_4 FullSizeRender_5

The trek back up was about a 900 feet ascent.  A little sun and sleet made our adventure complete.  I think Jim was wishing by the end that we would be at sea level versus 7700 feet above sea level.  All in all a very good way to start the day.  We met up with Mike and Mary at the lodge for a lovely lunch.  After lunch Mike, Mary and Jim went to check out some of the vistas they missed yesterday due to snow. And here is my oldest brother and my sister-in law.  This is one of the views they missed yesterday.

Mike and Mary at Bryce Canyon

Mike and Mary at Bryce Canyon from one of the vistas.

 

We are holding out that tonight will bring clear skies (or at least no sleet).  It will be our only chance to have a campfire on the trip.   Let’s be honest the real reason to have a campfire is to have s’mores.

Until later, enjoy your day, live with a grateful attitude and give someone you love a hug. A gentle reminder to me and anyone else this might land for.

Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short.  Unknown

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