There was never a thought when planning our trip of not going to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce has wanted to visit this park ever since he saw it on the cover of his seventh grade geography book. Plus, he does share a name with it!
For me, Bryce Canyon seemed wildly romantic. All the pink and white hoodoos that make up the spectacular formations of Bryce seem to be castles that were built into the cliffs. Once again, we got up for sunrise as we were told it was not to be missed. It did not disappoint.
In planning this trip, I felt it was important to sprinkle in some activities that would feel adventurous to us all so as to not burn out on hiking. In Bryce, we went on a horseback tour of the canyon. Everyone seemed to love it though by the end of the three hour ride my knees and rear end were feeling a bit peaky :) The horses took us around Peek-a-Boo Trail and it was a beautiful way to see the formations!
Grace was thrilled to be back in the saddle, as was Bryce! Harris, who has not ever ridden before, rode Raspberry who he became very comfortable on very quickly. This boy doesn’t seem to have any fear in his body.
On a funny note: we have gotten a lot of laughs about how I was sand color from my hat to my shoes and even my horse! When I asked my family why no one pointed this out, they claimed that 5 in the morning was too early to notice such things...
While in Bryce we also took the scenic drive and hiked down into the canyon. We wanted to do a moon light hike with a Ranger but it stormed, the first rain we had seen in a long time! It worked out fine though because it was this night that we saw the gorgeous rainbow back at our campsite.
Next stop… Zion National Park