Rock 'n Roll
21.04.2011 - 21.04.2011 -50 °C
Halfway through the night we had a dusting of snow -- ironically we were awake as the room was uncomfortably warm (concrete has a way of absorbing and retaining the sun's heat). In any case, the snow cooled things down nicely. All the places we have stayed at have air con, but the internal units are so damn loud that it is hard to sleep with them running - points-off to America there.
A killer complimentary breakfast was had by all this morning - it's just as well as they have 3 large rooms for people to eat in otherwise it would have been standing room only. American food, tastes, for the most part, great, but that is probably due to the fact that everything seems to contain corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup. Still, if you can't beat 'em.....
Spent the most part of the day at Bryce Canyon NP with a wee trip to Kodachrome Basin State Park ( In case you were wondering, a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition were so taken by the colour and beauty that they named it after the Kodak film, nowadays they'd have to call it Digital State Park).
Bryce Canyon is the place to go if you want to see hoodoos, what's a hoodoo? well gather round children and I will copy and paste an explanation here...'Hoodoos are tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and "broken" lands. Hoodoos are most commonly found in the High Plateaus region of the Colorado Plateau and in the Badlands regions of the Northern Great Plains. While hoodoos are scattered throughout these areas, nowhere in the world are they as abundant as in the northern section of Bryce Canyon National Park. In common usage, the difference between Hoodoos and pinnacles or spires is that hoodoos have a variable thickness often described as having a "totem pole-shaped body." A spire, on the other hand, has a smoother profile or uniform thickness that tapers from the ground upward' lesson ends.
Anyhoo-do I have to say that that the cameras were clicking left-right-and centre. Ho-boy, do we have hundreds of shots and footage to bore the pants off people when we get back. Some Japanese tourists were so keen that they were taking photos from the wrong side of the safety fence - that's a sure-fire way to get a Darwin Award.
Bryce Canyon is most definitely worth visiting in person or via a google search!
Tomorrow sees us heading off to Moab which is near Arches NP (claim to fame..sandstone arches) we will be taking Scenic Byway 12, which is in a select group of 'All American Roads' - have big expectations for that. With luck, and time, we may be able to take in some of Canyonlands NP on the way.