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Scenic Highway 12, Day 4

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. ”  Lewis Carroll


Today we hit the road to explore Scenic Highway 12 between Bryce Canyon and Escalante.  It was a day of meandering wherever the road took us.  Our first stop, Mossy Cave, was a lovely little hike to a small waterfall.  Since it’s a lesser-known trail at the far end of Bryce,  we had it virtually to ourselves.

MOSSY COVE OUTCROPPING
MOSSY COVE OUTCROPPING

After our hike we headed back to Hwy 12 and enjoyed some of the promised incredible scenery.  It seemed around every curve there was another amazing vista just begging to be photographed.  Here are a few that I especially liked.

ROADSIDE VISTA
STORM CLOUDS MOVING IN
ROOM WITH A VIEW
CABIN WITH A VIEW
CLOUDY SKIES
CLOUDY SKIES

Eventually we ended up at a bizarre little state park called Kodachrome (named after the deep red and blue hues of the sandstone and sky).  Famous for the largest sandpipes anywhere – kind of ho hum – but we enjoyed the classic western scenery.

THE WILD WEST
THE WILD WEST
THE TREE
THE TREE

From there, the road to the famous Escalante Natural Bridge was closed due to flash floods so we headed back to Bryce to try and catch the still-elusive sunset.  We sat in our car for close to an hour (fortunately we’d packed playing cards) as the rains pelted us and then our perseverance was rewarded by some gorgeous light and yes, even a rainbow!

RAINBOW OVER THE CANYON
RAINBOW OVER BRYCE CANYON

The long-awaited “glowing” hoodoos finally appeared and Bailey waited patiently while I shot to my heart’s content.

HOODOOS AT SUNSET
HOODOOS AT SUNSET
EVENING LIGHT
AFTER THE STORM

Afterwards, we cleaned the 4 lbs of clay/mud off of our shoes and headed home for a very late supper.  Tomorrow, it’s back to Zion for yet another adventure.

Note:   All photos taken with Nikon D/300s and circular polarizer

  1. Mossy Cove Outcropping:  Nikkor 70-200mm @140mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/100
  2. Storm Clouds Moving In:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/3200
  3. Cabin with a View:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/250
  4. Cloudy Skies:  Nikkor 10-24mm @10mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/125
  5. The Wild West:  Nikkor 10-24mm @10mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/640
  6. The Tree:  Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/500
  7. Rainbow Over Bryce Canyon:  Nikkor 70-200mm @78mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/200
  8. Hoodoos at Sunset:  Nikkor 70-200mm @ 70mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/25
  9. After the Storm:  Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/250
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19 thoughts on “Scenic Highway 12, Day 4 Leave a comment

  1. Now I know what a hoodoo is! I can just feel the dry air in your beautiful images. Bailey’s a champ! Love your quotes too as always..

  2. Tina,
    Your travelogue is awesome! Who knew about “hoodoos”!!!! I am so enjoying your trip. The photos make me think of National Geographic – in the best sense! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos with all of us.

  3. Tina, these photos remind me of…”This land is your land…this land is my land…”. Aren’t we lucky to live in this beautifully diverse country?

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