queen's garden trail

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Trek Travel Day 3 - Bryce Canyon and the Hoodoos

Tuesday’s ride was short so we slept in and didn’t start until 9:00.  The 32 mile out-and-back included 2,100 ft of climbing, almost all of it in the outbound leg south from the lodge up to Rainbow Point (first picture).  The return leg was mostly downhill, pausing only to check out the Natural Bridge (technically an arch).  

After coasting back to the lodge we enjoyed a Taco Tuesday lunch before regrouping to hike the Queen’s Garden Trail, returning via the Navajo Loop. The unique geologic formations are called Hoodoos - you can read about them here.  

As you can see in the group picture, our fellow riders were all normal people. Like Beth and I they were all adventuresome and fit, but none were pro athletes.   

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Bryce Canyon National Park-

I’ve only walked amongst the hoodoos in October; twice now. I don’t know what it is like walking amongst them any other time of year. Is the sky as blue? Is the temperature as perfect? Is the smell in the air different?

I may never find out the answers to those questions, or what it is about eroded layers of compacted mud that is so fetching.

Seriously; it’s just dirt.

Yet, somehow, I cannot tire of staring through the lens at dirt.