As luck would have it, the storm clouds moved in just as we drove in – Again, monsoon season??? Not going to stop me from seeing those hoodoos!!
And y’all, the pictures do this view absolutely NO JUSTICE. I was amazed by the gorgeous Bryce Canyon amphitheater. There are several points to drive to (or take a bus) to see from different perspectives. I honestly could stare at it all day.
As we headed to Sunset Point to see Thor’s Hammer, a rainstorm blew in. As we had been doing at the other parks, we tried our best to ignore it and keep going. But then it started to hail! Little man wanted nothing to do with ice pellets falling from the sky, so we ran to the van.
We had a good laugh at how wet we were as we waited the storm out. There was no way we were going to leave – I wanted to see Thor’s Hammer!
I’m so glad we waited. The storms blew out and we took a 1.7 mile hike down into the canyon, past Thor’s Hammer. It was a stunning hike down with a few switchbacks that were really fun. On the hike back up, we went through Wall Street – a narrow culvert that wore us out. I was really glad we took the time to hike it. The views were stunning.
Alas, we had to head to our next stop – Lake Powell, AZ. It was a long drive south, crossing over another state line, this one with a pretty puny sign:
On a personal note, I think the trip is finally starting to wear on us a bit. We are all a bit snappy around the edges. My youngest is whiny – but can you blame him? He’e only 4 and we have drug him all over the Southwest! And my pre-teen is acting pretty, well, teenager-ish. She was mad that I “made her hike all the way down into that canyon” today. I remember being just like her on several trips with my parents – I just hope that one day she realizes what a cool experience this has been.
We are really, really sick of eating fast food, eating burgers, eating sandwiches, eating donuts – I just want some greens and a home cooked meal. As the trip comes to a close, I am not as disciplined as I could be with choosing healthier options. It has become easier to pull through some fast food and get to where we are going than to stop and enjoy a good meal.
There, whining over – we have seen so many incredible places – have so many awesome memories – I just wanted y’all to see real life on the trip as well. Good night form Arizona. We have just a few more days left and they are going to be AWESOME!