After leaving Bryce we continued up route 12. You’d think this would all be enough…but no! We kept waiting for the scenery to end and be replaced by strip malls or industrial parks, but it never did. Around every bend was more magnificence.
Southern Utah is surrounded by some of the most beautiful country that I have ever seen. We experienced countless hoodoos, arches, outlandish rock formations, a mystical forest of bare white trees and deep snow, and deep canyons witnessed from the at times treacherous road. The Escalante Grand Stair Case below was certainly the highlight.
The area has been protected since September 1996 after the establishment, by presidential decree, of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is bordered by the spectacular Capitol Reef National Park ad Glen Canyon National Recreation.
Enchantment was pumping out of our pores by the time we found a hotel, the Days Inn in the town of Torrey. This was a comfortable place in the middle of an enthralling nowhere.
We settled in to do some blogging, watch Family Guy, and read trashy magazines about Demi Moore’s rehab and how Jen has been controlling Justin’s life. It was a comforting end to a…a…a…fantastic day.
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