Bryce Canyon Through the Portal

One of a few nice shots I got today during my first ever visit to Bryce Canyon National Park. Weather is turning cold and windy but we had some clearish skies for our figure 8 loop down through the amphitheatre.

We are camping here and enjoying our first campfire of the trip. Seems like the winds have been too high or we’ve been in no-burn zones most of the time.

Bryce is beautiful beyond description but I must say I like the parks and monuments with more back country and fewer tour busses a bit more.

Exploring the Slot Canyons of Escalante

Yesterday we hired a guide for some training and exploration of the magnificent slot canyons of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument. We hiked the Round Valley Draw yesterday and will explore some more on our own today.

Plants and Animals Along Halls Creek


We believe these are a collared lizard and a spiny lizard.


The amphibian might be a spade foot toad, and the beautiful cactus is a claretcup (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) in full bloom.