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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Mossy Cave trail – Bryce Canyon National Park Day 1

After about a three hour drive from home via breakfast at Jacob Lake Inn we made our first stop at the Mossy Cave trailhead, a little side trip before entering the main park.

01 Hoodoos above Mossy Cave trail Bryce Canyon NP UT (1024x755)

We were blown away by the towering hoodoos leading us into this canyon as we followed The Tropic Ditch. Because the landscape didn’t offer enough water for farming a 10-mile ditch was hand dug by early Mormon settlers.

02 Trail & ditch below Mossy Cave trail Bryce Canyon NP UT (1024x767)

Now referred to as Water Canyon the trail climbs 200 feet (61m) to Mossy Cave.

03 Mossy Cave Bryce Canyon NP UT (723x1024)

This grotto forms as an underground spring seeps from the rocks.

04The Ditch waterfall along Mossy Cave trail Bryce Canyon NP UT pano (653x1024)

Another short side trail leads to a waterfall.

05 Gaelyn hiking Mossy Cave trail Bryce Canyon NP UT (1024x744)

I loved this short hike,

06 Hoodoos & windows above Mossy Cave trail Bryce Canyon NP UT (1024x767)

looking up at the hoodoos and windows.

07 Mike & Lodge Bryce Canyon NP UT (1024x750)

Then we went to the Lodge, checked into our room and continued exploring many overlooks at Bryce which I will post soon.

12 comments:

ladyfi said...

What a perfect day - glorious blue skies!

Arija said...

An amazing place, the scenery,the rocks, the waterfall and flowing water and the great colours. A wonder of nature indeed.
Thanks for taking us along.

Jo said...

What a beautiful place, Gaelyn;) I love the towering hoodoos (I learnt a new word and saw a new wonder through you today!) Imagine digging a 10 mile ditch by HAND. Phew. Have a wonderful weekend. (((hugs))) Jo

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

What amazing rock formations. You have so much wild beauty around you on a daily basis life could never get boring. Diane

Carolyn said...

Gaelyn, what a perfect day for a perfect hike. I love the topography and have been enjoying catching up on your posts. Your photos of the landscape are simply stunning. Thanks for sharing your beautiful part of the world.
Safe travels, have fun and blessings.
Smiles

eileeninmd said...

Bryce is just am amazing. Loved your photos and the hoodoos. Sounds like a great get away!

Zane said...

There seems to be no end to the magical places where you live. One can get lost in all of that wilderness and hilly terrain. Excellent images. Well done Gaelyn!

Natural Moments said...

Unique formations stir within us precious moments with one of a kind reflections and recollections.

Barb said...

Gaelyn, You've got some amazing shots here! I love the depth (and color) of the waterfall one, but I also really like the hoodoos and windows. Sounds like a great trip!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh my, that sky is about the bluest blue!! What a lovely place. I guess in those days everything had to be done by hand but I have to say, they weren't lazy and did what had to be done.

Francisca said...

One of my all-time favorite parks. It's been 22 years since I was there last. Lovely to see it through your lens... and would sure love that hike.

Janie said...

I love the little waterfall at the foot of the hoodoos. Bryce Canyon is so beautiful. This reminds me we need to go back there again soon.

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