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.
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.
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.
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!
The long-awaited “glowing” hoodoos finally appeared and Bailey waited patiently while I shot to my heart’s content.
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
- Mossy Cove Outcropping: Nikkor 70-200mm @140mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/100
- Storm Clouds Moving In: Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/3200
- Cabin with a View: Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/250
- Cloudy Skies: Nikkor 10-24mm @10mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/125
- The Wild West: Nikkor 10-24mm @10mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/640
- The Tree: Nikkor 10-24mm @24mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/500
- Rainbow Over Bryce Canyon: Nikkor 70-200mm @78mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/200
- Hoodoos at Sunset: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 70mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/25
- After the Storm: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 200mm, ISO 200, f/11, 1/250