To Bryce Canyon we go…
Via the scenic route.
(May 14-15, 2014)
Before leaving on this epic adventure, we had read and jotted down some notes of places to see along the way. Hwy 143 in Utah was one of them, supposedly one of our most scenic highways!
So off we go, looking for more scenic views! We hadn’t ventured far, when I spotted this little trail I had read about as being a good place to stretch tired legs. Hidden Haven it was called.
A bit more of beautiful cold fluffy snow to deal with, but nothing our trusty hiking boots couldn’t handle. It was a gorgeous sunny blue sky day, so we trekked on up to this lovely bench. (thanks to some random boy scout, getting his eagle badge)
As we continued to climb the mountain, we realized when the sign said “Road Open,” it was really just opened. With a 15% grade to climb, and the road sometimes one lane, we were sweating it out a bit. But lo and behold the Great White Van performed superbly, although at one point I really knew I could run faster alongside Ms. Keevan.
Brian Head. The top of the world! A very cute (what we could see of it) little community renowned for being the highest community in Utah. Obviously we were between seasons here, as it was deader than a doornail, and we saw I think one person in the whole town.
One thing for sure, it was a picturesque and scenic drive.
Just one of those little surprises, venturing between desert and mountain ranges. The terrain changes so quickly. As do the temperatures.
Needless to say, all the side roads, and national forest service roads were closed, so um, no camping here.
Down we go…
and go, and go, until we are bombarded by more brilliant red rocks.
Which signifies the beginning of Red Canyon.
Drive right in and stay awhile.
Thank you very much, we’ve made to it our new home for a few days…
A bit of a challenge to get leveled up, but with a little effort, we settled in nicely for a tasty dinner and good nights sleep!