Bryce, Zion’s cousin from the north. While Zion is sombre and thought provoking, Bryce is like that fun European Chick that promises you a quickie. But, if you spend more time with her, you’ll fall for her.
I was there for a quickie.
Hoodoos; that’s what Bryce is all about. You get a sense of it as you drive towards it. First as you pass Red Canyon, and then as you start approaching Bryce Canyon.
If you look long enough, you’ll realize that nature is bizarre and the essence of beauty is randomness and chaos. I came to this soul crushing conclusion as I meticulously planned to get my life in order.
There are several reasons to visit Bryce. You may want to get over someone you just broke up with. Maybe you just like nature a lot. Or, you’re just an adrenaline junkie. Or, Maybe you’re an avid star gazer. This last reason alone is good enough to visit Bryce. Bryce therefore has a lot to offer, including a pretty sweet sit down restaurant with Waiters in bow ties. Waiters in bow ties inside a national park. Just making sure you got that. The beer selection is questionable though. This seems to be the case with most of Utah. But, they do have bison meat!
A lot of Bryce is visual appeal.. in my opinion. You can soak in the essence of Bryce by doing the relatively easy Rim walk. This is a stroll around the edge of the canyon, that passes through the main vista points giving you an unparalleled look at what Bryce is about. If you’re lazier than that, you could just take the free shuttle that stops at pretty much all the important points and just hang around there. But, as always do a hike. Bryce back country is stunning.
There is a small town approximately 20 miles away from Bryce called Panguitch. I’m surprised this place is on the map. It’s tiny. But if you’re a comfort seeking traveller, there are some relatively inexpensive motels here. The town boasts two main roads that criss cross it. A few restaurants with yelp reviews. Stay here for the night.
Now that you’ve read this ramble on Bryce, let me conclude with the real reason to visit Bryce. The Night Sky. Go to the Sunset Point after 10 in the night. Turn your flash light off and look at the night sky. Wait for your retina to adjust to the absence of light. And … what you’ll see is only a glorious Night Sky. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the milky way with your naked eye. If you’re luckier you might see a shooting star. Don’t make a wish. That’s gay. If you’re with a girl who you’re in love with. Kiss her.