Roadtrip Day 13: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Arches National Park, Utah
Melissa was kind enough to share her notes with me. She writes, "22 minute teardown, ready to go in the car! 5 AM came quick, but we were motivated to get a good sunrise picture and see the morning light on hoodoos. Sunrise Point was full of pushy tourists who had the exact same picture in mind. We hiked a short way down the hoodoos to get away."
Melissa was probably the most efficient camper to bring along on the trip. She probably beat me getting ready almost every day and always ended up waiting on me. I was impressed.
I had to get some hoodoo pictures with my hoodoo beer.
Melissa is pretty awesome and brought hot chocolate on our morning hike! Can't really think of a better way to spend a sunrise.
After leaving Bryce Canyon, we drove through this unexpected beauty. Can't even remember what the name of the forest was, but sometimes, you get caught off guard by God's beauty, even when you aren't looking for it.
Melissa writes, "The road out of Bryce to Canyonlands and Arches is scenic Highway 12. It amazes me the variety of geology... Escalante Valley's landscape changed from farms to rolling mountains to green hills of alder. Elk grazed amongst the aspen trees. Capitol Reef National Park is beautiful - meadows and streams." [Side note: it was me (Trevor) who scared the elk away.]
"After the orchard town of Fruita, a historic orchard, the meadows of green turned into a meadow of gray upon moon hills and moon rocks. Lunar Mesa overwhelmed us; such a diversified landscape in a short distance."
It was exactly what I imagine the moon looking like. Completely desolate, grey soil. Maybe it was processed poop or something, not really sure. It was nice and soft though so we practiced some handstands.
Continuing on, Sci (my car) was enjoying the flatness of Highway 24 compared to the hills of Highway 12 so much that before we knew it, there were flashing lights in the rearview mirror. Melissa, without hesitating, asks if she should take a video (I had been asking her to video at various times as we drove through scenic areas). I told her absolutely not, but she kindly continued to laugh hysterically as the officer approached. We prayed to not get a ticket for speeding 80 MPH in a 65 zone. Warning only! Thanks, kind Utah police officer.
Made it into Moab! "A quirky town filled with tourists and adventure. I like it! A camping spot is always the first priority. Arches was booked so we camped at Granstaff BLM Campground. Located along the Green River and surrounded by the red cliffs, it makes an awesome camp spot! The Green River is slow and monotonous, like the flowing of the Yukon, but not as wide."
Arches! The World's largest arch concentration, consisting of 75,000 acres and over 2,000 arches.