Day 16: Bryce Canyon, Utah
It’s so interesting that neighboring canyons and national parks can exhibit completely different geologic formations. Bryce Canyon was beautiful, and was much smaller than Zion, so we were able to visit all thirteen vista points.
We had lunch at the Valhalla Pizzeria in the middle of the park, which had a world map tacked on the wall bearing the legend, “Tell Us Where You Live!” There were pushpins all over the map, mostly from the USA and Europe, but there were plenty from other places as well, including Australia, Russia, China, and (interestingly) Easter Island. Caroline took the Easter Island pin and used it to mark Albany—she doesn’t believe that anyone lives there.
It was raining by the time we finished lunch, but we ended up hiking the Queen’s Garden route anyway. We didn’t get to finish the trail (Ben was complaining about the cold), which was probably for the best, because the combination of the rain, the elevation, and the trail’s steep grade was pretty brutal.