It’s the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday, so it must be time for Valerie and I to do our annual road trip through the desert southwest of Utah and Arizona. This year, as we have in the past, we end the trip in Cortez, Colorado where we spend Turkey Day with my family.
Our first stop was a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. We had visited the park a few years before, but came back from the visit with some lousy photographs due to a bad camera lens. We arrived at the Best Western Ruby’s Inn in mid-afternoon, and then headed out to the viewpoints to get some evening shots of the canyon. Photos with direct views of the setting sun are mostly not possible as the majority of the park is oriented facing the east. However, the evening light really brought out the colors of the canyon’s multitude of hoodoos, making for some very nice photos.
We were limited to only a couple of viewpoints in the park as fresh snow kept the bulk of the park road closed.
During the night, another inch of snow fell and the park was engulfed in a dense fog. After breakfast, we drove over to Bryce Point with the hope that the fog would lift by the time we got there…it didn’t. We met a visitor from Switzerland who had been waiting at the viewpoint with his camera at the ready for over an hour. After waiting for another half hour or so, the fog finally lifted long enough to get some beautiful shots of the canyon with its hoodoos covered with thin layers of fog and fresh snow. I think the photos we got the night before and this morning more than made up for the unsatisfactory shots we ended up with on the last trip.