After reviewing my options, I decided that today would be the day to simply take the drive up the length of the park and stop at all the scenic overlooks in the park. In 18 miles there are 14 stops – I think I hit them all…
They’re all very similar but I think my favorite was Inspiration Point which is where the above photo was taken. The day started out very nice, despite the clouds that almost made me reconsider. However as the day drew on it started to cool off and there was a brief shower of freezing rain that finally made me put the top up for good. I made it back down to the visitors center and was able to catch a presentation of their 20 minute “intro to Bryce Canyon” movie.
After that it was raining and the wind was blowing quite a bit, so I hung out at the visitor center for about a half hour or so until it finally stopped. I made it out to the last viewpoint and called it a day.
Got back to my campground about 5 o’clock and fortunately my tent was still standing. One of the campground staff said they had a 51mph gust of wind blow through and for a time visibility was virtually 0 with all the dust in the air. While my tent was still standing, I found that it was also full of sand! Unlike anything I’d experienced in the last couple of days. I cleaned out the sand and made some modifications that I am hoping will keep out some of the sand tonight – not holding my breath though. Since the wind was still blowing pretty good, I decided not to bother trying to cook in camp and went into town to try the pizza place.
Tomorrow I’m going on a 4-5 mile hike down into the canyon to get an up-close view of some of the hoodoos!