After Zion, we went to Bryce Canyon. I don’t exactly remember the name of the village, but it was something with Bryce blabla too. We only stayed there for a day. The day we arrived, we did a drive along a couple of viewpoints along the canyon(s?). The canyons are really beautiful, I’ll post some pics later, I can’t really describe it otherwise. The next day, we packed up, and went to the last viewpoint (which we skipped the day before), and did a trail that went into the canyons. It was SO beautiful. The weather was really nice, and the rocks seemed possible more orange in contrast with the blue sky. The rocks itself are also beautifully shaped. It was very impressive. The view over the valley thing was really beautiful (sorry for the redundancy of my choice of adjectives, haha). The hike was kind of exhausting too, though. In the beginning it wasn’t that hot, but in the end it was quite bad. It was a trail that just had an endpoint, it wasn’t a circle, so you had to go back. The first part wasn’t hard at all to me, and half of the way back wasn’t hard either, but the last part back was more in the sun and more steep, and it was much harder than the rest. It was really worth it though, for everything that I’d seen.
The rest of the day, we drove to our next destination, Torrey, Utah. Close to the Capitol Reef park. The drive itself was pretty nice. It changed all the time, from red rocks to lovely green meadows to white rocks to forests. It was definitely an enjoyable ride. At some point we were at 3+ km high, with a beautiful view over the area. There were also pretty cool forests, the trunks of the trees were all white, and the forests were like small gatherings of trees, very close together in the middle of a grass field. We arrived fairly late, so we didn’t really do anything that day. The next day, me and my parents did a scenic drive thing and some walking in the park. We visited a Mormon school thingy from a community called the Fruitas (because they grew a lot of fruit and vegetables). The school was the cutest thing ever, it was a TINY building, basically a small classroom with walls and a roof, and all with old interior and all. There also were really cool trees, with roots that grew above the ground. The rest of the park was nice rocks, like all the parks kind of are, haha. One thing about it was pretty cool though. There were like, little dunes against the rocks, and we weren’t sure whether it was sand or stone. It turned out to be (very solid) sand. The cool thing was that at some points, there were like, plaques of something in the sand. I still don’t exactly know what it is made from, but it was like, very soft stone and stuff that really resembled crystal. You could break it with two fingers, that soft although it was fairly thin.
For the rest, we didn’t do a whole lot in Torrey. It was mostly relaxing.
After that, we went to Moab, where we are now. This is our second day in Moab, we arrived yesterday. Yesterday we did some drives and one trail in the Arches National park. In the beginning it was kind of dodgy wheather, there was a super heavy rain thingy going on I don’t know how far away, but we could see it, with the occasional lightning bold. As an example for how bad the rain was, at some point we couldn’t see anymore what was ground and what was air, it was just one big gray curtain of rain.
Anyway, we did a couple of drives. It was pretty cool in the beginning already. There were just like these huge walls of rock, almost randomly scattered over the area. Later on, we actually saw some arches. They’re pretty huge when you’re close to them, haha. We did a walk to a couple of arches, I did some climbing. A girl exclaimed ‘Green Day shirt!’ very exitedly when she noticed my shirt xD At some point, it started raining, and later the sun joined in (while it was still raining). It was absolutely beautiful. The rocks were immensely shining, and the sun was shining on that and that gave a really great effect. Even reminded me a little bit of some apocalyptic landscape, almost. There also were two rainbows at the same time.
In the end, we did a small walk to a viewpoint of Delicate Arch, the best known arch in the world and the one that’s on the Utah license plates. It wasn’t the trail actually to the arch, you just viewed it from a distance, I think it was a mile or something, but you could still see it. It also gave a beautiful picture, the silhouettes of the arch and other rocks against the blue, somewhat cloudy and somewhat yellow at points, sky. Later, when the sun was set, the clouds almost seemed like they were on fire, and there was this orange glow over the mountains. There was also this really green with a blue-ish tint valley you looked down on. In all, that was a very beautiful place to be. Then we went home and had dinner at 9:30.
The next day, today, we didn’t do much at first, and in the afternoon we went to the Dead Horse Point state park, which turned out to be very tiny, but the views were nice, and the Canyonlands national park, where the views were nice too. We didn’t do too much though, and nothing more than a 200m walk, because it was simply too hot. Then we went home, I forgot yet again to take a picture of our street sign (La Camino…..ring a bell, anyone? ^^) and another street sign, had dinner, and I went on the computer. And then it was now and I’m finally not behind anymore with this blog :D Although this update and the previous ones aren’t the best.
edit: Whoops, I was going to post pictures, buuuuuut there are also other people who want on the computer, so that’s going to have to wait for at least one more day. Oh well.