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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Bryce Canyon National Park

By Sep 21st 2010 No Comments »

Bryce Canyon is truly a place of inspiration.  However, not the type of inspiration you will find at Yosemite or Redwood – there are no tremendous rock peaks towering above, or towering trees hundreds of years old…Bryce is so unique in its own nature, it’s incomparable to any other national park in the United States.  My first notion of Bryce Canyon was how implausible the park was and that it is a perfect setting to take a creative writing class on a field trip…it’s just that amazing!  Inspirational, a muse, visually stimulating, emotionally touching: these are all adjectives that I would use to describe Bryce Canyon National Park.

When we arrived at the park, I honestly had no idea what to expect.  I had done little research on what we were getting into prior to our trip, so I was going with a completely unbiased opinion; a clean slate and a free mind if you will.  After setting up our camp and consulting our maps and books to determine the best way to experience the park, we headed towards the edge of the Canyon, to casually walk the Rim Trail which follows 11 miles of the park’s steep cliffs.  Honestly, I was expecting to see something similar to the Grand Canyon…except not so grand.  Steep cliffs, exposed rock layers dating back millions and billions of years, had for some reason been the object of my assumption.   Very wrong I was indeed…

Bryce Canyon National Park is made up of a dramatically unique landscape; its distinct character can be credited to a structural phenomenon called Hoodoos.  Hoodoos, fairy chimneys or earth pyramids as they’ve been called, are formed by erosion from wind, water and other natural forces.  What is left behind after years of eating away at the topography are undeniably magnificent rock structures that adorn a would-be desolate land. Bryce is all the more unique outside of what you see in the sunlight – according to our good friends at Wikipedia, ‘Bryce Canyon has a 7.4 magnitude night sky, making it the one of the darkest in North America. Stargazers can therefore see 7,500 stars with the naked eye, while in most places fewer than 2,000 can be seen due to light pollution.’  How awesomely cool is that?!!

During our visit to the park, we hiked a moderate 3 mile loop known as the best 3 mile hike in the world – and every minute of it was purely breathtaking! It took us almost double the time it would a normal 3 mile hike because we couldn’t stop taking pictures, and around every switchback and turn was a new red, orange and white rock structure that quite simply, took your breath away.  Additionally, we drove the scenic road that stops at 13 vantage points offering different views of Bryce Amphitheatre.  On our last morning we watched the sun rise from Bryce Point.  We were joined by many others but I refused to let that discourage my moment…I had all intent of enjoying a spectacular sunset that will be unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

 

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