We really didn’t sleep very well. The old people in the caravan behind us were up at 4am making their cups of tea outside and crunching on the gravel every time they moved. Grrr!
Seeing as she just couldn’t get to sleep, Jody got up and watched the sun rise over the mountains. What a scene to wake to – just beautiful. It’s especially at moments like this we realise just how lucky we are – although we tell our selves that just about every day.
sunrise in Utah
Today we are heading for Bryce Canyon and going the long way round because the I9 is shut because of the rockfall. So adding several hours onto our journey as we had to head north towards Cedar City before turning east again. It was on this huge detour that we came upon Cedar Breaks National Monument. If you google it in maps it says after it “small National Park”.
Well it was just stunning. Yes, there’s that word again!
We have dedicated a separate entry to it because we took so many photos so you can read about it later.
From Cedar Breaks we drove on heading more south-east now and came accross Red Canyon. Again another beautiful place to get out of the car and go “ooo” & ‘aahhh”. The rocks are very red here due to the amount of iron in them we are told.
No time to hang about though as we had to keep moving. Bryce Canyon was still 60 miles away and our campsite for the night even further.
We arrived at the visitor centre and knew what to do now. We queued for the shuttle bus to take us around and got off to gaze at the red rock canyon below us. We took lots of pictures but to be honest, they are all starting to merge into one in our memories.
We walked the last half mile back to the visitor centre to savour the great outdoors for a bit longer. Again the scenery from the top of the canyon was ….stunning! If anyone has got a thesaurus and can offer us some new words we would be very grateful.
When we left we headed further south as our campsite tonight is on the State-line of Utah and Arizona. When we arrived at the turning for the campsite, it warns you not to go down this road at all if it rains as it is completely impassable.
We turned down it and realised why – essentially it would become a river. The road was dirt and rocks and it was easy to imagine that water gushing down the mountains would find this the easiest way along for sure.
Well we drove the 10 miles along this road which took us about an hour (and we were silently congratulating ourselves for buying Rosie who was 4 wheel drive and not the Ford Explorer) and we eventually arrived at the campsite. There was only one space left so we took it even though the pitch wasn’t that great for a tent but we managed to wiggle Terry Tent into the best of it. We have a big canopy here with a picnic bench underneath it and a fire ring.
beautiful Bryce Canyon
The only slight snag were the signs up warning us about rattlesnakes living in the area. Oh well. It is a free site after all!
And it was the lunar eclipse tonight so we could not have been in a better spot. Way out in the desert somewhere between Arizona and Utah without a hint of a streetlight or town for what seemed hundreds of miles around. Perfect!
We enjoyed the eclipse and settled down early as we have an early start tomorrow. We are trekking to the wave as early as we can as we don’t want to get caught in the midday sun out here!.