Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Break Part V ~ Mossy Cave

After our long hike into the canyon we headed to the very front of the park to a short little hike known as Mossy Cave.   We were all hoping it was an actual cave but a little disappointed to find out it wasn't at all.




Brooklyn found her perfect walking stick, which we still have, and off we went



I didn't get many pictures of the actual spot but you can see below it wasn't much of a cave, it appeared to be but once we got up there it stopped at the waterfall spot.


The best part of this spot was what we found when we hiked back down.




We decided to explore a bit on our own following along the creek.






This spot made my entire trip, it was one of the most beautiful spots I have ever been and I would've happily stayed there the entire day.




Just sitting on a rock listening to the creek and the breeze through the trees was so relaxing!








On our way back to the car Brooklyn found another smaller stick and thought it would make the perfect boat to sail in the creek


off it goes,


leaving behind a happy girl!


When we got close to our campsite I had to have hubby pull over so I could take pictures of the bison grazing on the grass



and then again for the roaming wild turkeys 


the day could not have been more perfect!  If I could go anywhere today I would go back to Utah.  Even the sky is prettier in Utah!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Break Part IV ~ Bryce National Park

On our second full day in Utah we drove a little over an hour from our campsite to visit Bryce National Park.   This was probably my favorite day of our trip!   As soon as I walked up to this view I knew it was going to be a good day.




Last year we visited the Grand Canyon which was also pretty amazing but it did not come close to the beauty of what Bryce National Park showed us.


Since there was a lot of snow still on the ground most of the hiking trails were closed but the visitors center recommended a trail that would take us down into the canyon and would take a few hours or so. 






Every step down got prettier and prettier and it was extremely hard to not take pictures of every moment.












It amazed us how we went from the dessert toned orange hoodoos to the lush green forests 


as we got down to the bottom of the canyon there was more snow and ice on the ground where we had to be a little more careful with our walk.




The hike through the canyon was long and very peaceful little did we know that the hike back up was going to be a tough one!



Our hike up zigzagged for awhile and seemed to last forever



Below you can see a peek of some of the trails we took


Making our way all the way back to the top of the canyon to enjoy the amazing views. 




After our three hour hike into the canyon we drove down to another recommended spot know as Mossy Cave.  We were all excited to see what that hiking spot would bring......