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DAY 6

(14.09.2011 WEDNESDAY)

We get up early in the morning... as always... we have a long way to go today with two national park. So, we are on our way as soon as we eat our breakfast. The weather becomes worse when we get on the road, it starts raining...

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And the rain becomes softer when the altitude decreases. You may face some weird situations on the road, like seeing a luxury yatch in the middle of the dessert...

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whatever, I'm sure they know something... We passed by the town that Merrill and Diane planned to stay after they left us. We think to stop by for a second but we have a limited time and we continue. Otherwise, we may not be back home on time. We have a lot of miles to go...

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The twisty roads take us next to the clouds sometimes, and sometimes they take us under the ground...

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and it gets green after a while. We come up with a sheep flocks which is rare to see in the USA. And rain starts as usual...

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mountains, hills, sheep, greenies, desserts and the rain at last... we arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park. Actually, we planned to stay here, because Merrill said the lodging here is very good. But, unfortunately there is no empty room to stay. Sooooo, the only thing we can do is to take a quick walk around and go on our way...

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and we are on the walking tracks of the park. Bryce Canyon is more like Cappadocia in Turkey. Emel has already travelled there, and she says Cappadocia is more beautiful. But, they have different characteristics...

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Let's give some information about Bryce Canyon... it is not actually a geological canyon.

As it says in wikipedia "The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant naturalamphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet (2,400 to 2,700 m)."

So, it is different from Cappadocia formationwise. As far as I know, Cappadocia is a formation arised after some volcanic eruption and windy movement...

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The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, whohomesteaded in the area in 1874. The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres (14,502 ha; 55.992 sq mi) and receives relatively few visitors compared to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, largely due to its remote location.

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After we finished our walk here, we leave and head to the Zion National Park. Because there is too much distance between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, we arrive in a real dark night to the Zion National Park. The sky seems to be closer than it really is tonight. There is a town next to Zion National Park, named Springdale. We'd like to stay there if we could find a hotel. But the all the hotels are full again. Hence, we have to go to Hurricane, which is another town located 20-mile away from Zion National Park. 

The additional miles, that comes at the last second, you have to make when you prepare yourself for a rest makes you tired sometimes. Of course, we find a hotel from the gps and move after. Otherwise, we may have to sleep outside. We lived that before on our Northwest USA trip, and we had to stay in a smoking room. And this time, it is like a dejavu for us, and we have to accept to stay in a smoking room again. It is better to stay here than staying outside. We also don't like the appearance of the hotel, but nothing to do. This is one of the the outcomes of traveling without a plan. You cannot always be lucky. We find a place to eat although it too late for the USA, and we sleep after a 477-mile trip today.

end of the 7th day...

 

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