Bryce Canyon, UT

We spent 4 days in early October at Bryce Canyon – which could easily be seen in a day, but we found plenty of hikes to keep us busy for several days.  I am updating the blog late, so we have the benefit of having already seen Zion and the Grand Canyon at the time I write this, and would say we loved Bryce the best.  (Sorry GC.)  Bryce is the smallest of the 3 but the least trafficked and the most colorful.  Maybe it’s just the time of year that made the rock formations and the sky so beautifully contrasted.  We hiked every path and felt the most intimate with Bryce Canyon.  There is nothing else around, and the pictures speak for themselves.  Please pay no attention to the shot of my extremely wide hips, but do notice how tall and sharply steep the rocks are when you look up from below – incredible.  If you’d like to hear more about Bryce because you’d like to travel there, we’d be happy to share what we learned with anyone following this blog (I think there are five of you.)

We passed Red Canyon on the way to Bryce from McCall and decided not to ignore this lovely area simply because it was not the main attraction.  We drove out in Bonnie with our hiking poles, which it turned out we needed on a creepily narrow path along sheer drop offs.  I did not allow Johan to take any pictures of me in my most anxious moments (read: furious he took me on this death hike), but there are a few nice shots of Red Canyon (which I will never return to since this hike was rated “Moderate” – whatever, AllTrails.)

 

 

Park City, UT

In June of 2014, we drove from Chicago to Orange County in my Dad’s car after he passed, spreading his ashes in places he loved and places he had always wanted to go. (Sorry if I said this already!)  Along the way, we stopped in Park City where Johan discovered the High West Distillery and his favorite whiskey, High West Campfire.  We were excited to get back to taste more, pick up some unnecessary High West paraphernalia, and enjoy this little town that is adorable whether it is ski season or not. (After some thoughtful debate, Campfire is still Johan’s favorite but A Midwinter Nights Dram nearly knocked Campfire into a lower pole position.)

There ARE other things to do in Park City in off-ski season besides drinking whiskey, and they are: take a walk near the Park City RV Resort (wear layers because it’s weirdly freezing and then suddenly thermogenic), visit Olympic City (a tribute to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, see Johan carrying the torch below – you can too), browse shops in town (NOT fun if you are married to Johan), and you know what, then just go back to High West because their food is great and so is their whiskey.