We drove two hours from Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park and when we got there, we went on the 2-mile loop hike through the hoodoos to get more up-close with them. It was fun but our legs were still sore from hiking the previous days and this was no easy walk through the park – there were steep switchbacks and going downhill was tough with our rubberlegs. We were happy when we got done and went to the motel we had for the night to take showers and rest. The motel was really crappy and the A/C wasn’t working, which made drying our clothes that we washed in the sink impossible.
At night, we went back to Bryce Canyon to watch the sunset and take LED hoop pictures once the sun set. There were a good amount of people during sunset, but they fortunately cleared out when it got dark and we had the park to ourselves. We were really happy with the photos that ensued.
In the morning, we got some homemade pie from the motel restaurant and also asked for half off because no one came to fix the A/C and then in the morning they woke us up installing cable on top of the roof, so our restful night in a bed left much to be desired. We drove to our next stop, Lone Rock Beach on the shores of Lake Powell right on the border of Utah into Arizona. It was a scorcher – the sun literally was draining all our energy (park rangers warned us it was abnormally hot thanks to a heat wave we were in) so we rushed to take a swim in the lake to cool off. It helped me to feel a bit better, and then we had to head to Antelope Canyon for our slot canyon tour!
As usual, there were lots of people also touring the slot canyon when we were, but we didn’t let it stop us from the beauty we saw. Grant had been on the same tour with his family on their Utah trip just a month ago, but since we went at 4:00 instead of in the morning, the lighting was softer and was very different from before. I got lots of beautiful photos, and around every corner you see something else that is interesting, so overall we enjoyed seeing Lower Antelope Canyon.
After the tour, we went for dinner in Page, Arizona – the closest town, and got some really delicious BBQ. It was still swelteringly hot outside, so we ducked into a bowling alley for a few rounds. It was definitely just locals in there, but that was charming and we really enjoyed having some beers to go with our game. I suck at bowling, but this time Grant actually watched my technique (or lack there of) and helped me to get better as I went. After we bowled, we went back to watch a live band at the BBQ joint until retiring to our tent for the night.