Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Bryce Canyon — Casting A Spell

©Bert Gildart:  We are camped now in a place where the deer and antelope roam – in a land full of such bizarre rocks that Native Americans named them “The Hoodoos.” They said that coyote, the trickster, created them from the “Legend People.” Hoodoos, then, according a park brochure, “are pillars of rock, usually of fantastic shape that cast a spell.”

Many will recognize the rocks in the pictures as being those found in Bryce Canyon National Park, and we intend to spend a little time learning (relearning) about the geology of this magnificent place, hike some of the trails, particularly one or two that take us to ancient bristle cone pines, said to be some of the most ancient of all vegetative species.

Bryce (12 of 22)

Descending trail from Sunset Point

So far we ventured down a trail taking us to the Queen’s Garden, and I am reacquainting myself with one of the nation’s premier parks. It’s one I reported on about 25 years ago in several chapters in a Sierra Club Guide to National Parks of the Southwest.

Once I knew this park well, and a flood of memories are returning, but with that length of time since the last visit, much of what I’m seeing is like seeing it for the first time.  Janie believes Bryce contains some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, and is anxious to see them more intimately, for they are already casting a spell.




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