Bryce and Grand Canyons 1983

Bryce Canyon

The continuing saga of “Travels With Dan.”  This was my first trip to Bryce, the first week of April 1983.  Why this time of year?  We had just come from, or were going to (who remembers such things?), one of the great sporting events of all-time – North Carolina State upset Houston for the 1983 NCAA basketball championship at The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Wolfpack coach, Jim Valvano, went running around the court looking for somebody to hug!

[Gorgeous weather with still lots of snow at one of nature’s world wonders!]

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[Did I mention lots of snow?]

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[Dan leads through the labyrinth.  Perfectly comfortable in windbreakers.]

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[Yes, we hiked down here.]

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[A photographer]


[A tree]

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[Another tree]


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[Hmmm, looks like my backyard in Woodbury.]

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[Did I lose you?]

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[It’s all just grand (oh wait, that’s the next canyon)!]

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[Despite the warning on the sign above, we decided to try snowshoeing.]

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[Oy, am I that close to a cliff?]

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[I’m getting the hang of it!  Say, did you hear Scaramucci was fired?]

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Grand Canyon

[For some reason (OK, I know the reason) I can’t remember if this was my first visit here.  I remember my first ever glimpse of the canyon while driving down the road just takes your breath away.]

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[Yeah, something like this.]

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[Dan decided to hike down Bright Angel Trail – very hot, so he covered his head with his jacket.]

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[A not insignificant view from the trail.]

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[The trail was a mix of snow, ice, and water . . . ]

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[And for the first time in my life, I discovered that walking down hill for long distances really starts to drive ice picks into my knees.  I turned around and returned to the surface.]

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[Dan soldiered on and allegedly made it to the bottom – a many hour trip down and back.  He looked like death warmed over when he made it back, and then gave me a one-finger salute.]

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[I just enjoyed the views from the surface trails.]

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[Grand really descibes it.]

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In fact, just about all the major natural attractions you find in the West- the Grand Canyon, the Badlands, the Goodlands, the Mediocrelands, the Rocky Mountains and Robert Redford- were caused by erosion.  ~  Dave Barry

Up Next:  Camp . . .

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