What was present were freeze-dried meals, a small hail storm and spectacular scenery! We spent three days/ two nights backpacking through Bryce Canyon National Park. I'll post more about our hike later but I wanted to post some pictures of the Canyon's most striking features.
All of the parks that I've been to in the area have similarities but they each have something that makes them uniquely spectacular. Arches has arches and rock fins, Mesa Verde has its cliff dwellings and Bryce Canyon is famous for its hoodoos. Hoodoos, according to the dictionary, are pillars of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.
The erosion patterns in the park leave these amazing patterns in the rock. Walking through the canyon reveals many sights, each seemingly stranger than the last. You might see bony fingers, praying hands, pipes of an organ, gothic spires, or all of those. The formations combined with the fading colors of red and white sandstone make for very dramatic scenery!
I'm not a geologist, but I would venture to say that scenes like this are rare in the rock world. Because, how are they still standing?!? Peter wanted to throw a rock at one of the pillars but thought better of it. Which was probably the right decision. :o)
The two pictures directly above are the same rock. I took a close up to show just how precariously the top one is perched!
I feel so blessed to be able to spend time in a place like this. This park is practically in our back yard (comparatively) and people come from all over the world to see it!
"Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well." Ps. 139:14