Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fall Break - Day 6: Bryce Canyon in the Snow

Wednesday, OCT 17.

We woke to about an inch of snow on the ground.  The whole area was covered in the white stuff and it looked quite nice.

 Waking up to snow at the Sunset Campground

We bundled up and walked the half mile or so over to the Sunset Point Overlook to see what we could see.

Turns out, we couldn't see that much.  The snow was still falling and there were foggy conditions throughout the area where the hoodoos were:

We chanced going down via a mostly snow-covered dirt path that leads one to the hoodoos but didn't really go very far before turning back.

 This is near where we turned back, you can see folks
kept going further down.

We walked back to the URRV and had a nice breakfast.  After breakfast, we geared up once more and this time rode Scarlett out to the town of Bryce Canyon City to look around and get gas for Scarlett.

Note: the Honda generator isn't starting, I think the spark plug is fouled but don't have the right spark plug wrench to remove it.  Sigh.  Used the onboard 4KW generator to charge up the house battery and our electronics.

We then rode over to Sunrise Point and parked near the park's General Store.  Then we went on an almost five mile long "death march" aka hike.  Conditions on the trail were not bad, slippery in some spots but you just had to take it slow and steady.

Visibility at this time was much better.

We went down into the valley and turned around when it joined with the Queen's Garden Trail.  Not having a map with us and unsure where it went, we turned around and huff and puffed our way back up to the Sunrise Point Overlook.

We were warm throughout, but definitely almost working up a sweat by the time we made it back to the top!

While Martha made lunch, I took a short ride towards Rainbow Point to see what I could see.  Didn't get very far, they'd closed the road just past the turn for Bryce Point!  Oh well.

Spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the URRV.  We'll head out tomorrow and start making our way back to Colorado.


RichardM said...

Bryce Canyon really looks spectacular in the winter though I'm not sure that I would venture out on some of the trails.

redlegsrides said...

Let’s just say we took it nice and slow and didn’t get as close to the edge at times.

CCjon said...

You got some great photos during your walk-about.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Jan, guess it was worth all the huffing and puffing incurred by me on the hike back up.