Since the National Park opens at 8:00 a.m., we got up early and went in search of breakfast. Luckily, the cafe next door was open and we charged ourselves for the day with coffee and food. The drive to the park only took about 30 minutes and passed some interesting arches over the highway. Arriving at the park early was great because we saw deer and other wildlife.
We walked from Sunset Point to Sunrise Point and viewed the iconic Bryce Canyon landscape. The colors and shapes of the rocks seemed to change as we moved from one viewing point to another.
We stopped at the Lodge where we visited a few years ago on our Caravan tour and headed back to Fairyland Canyon for one last set of pictures before leaving the park. We made a stop at a rock shop where I saw this beautiful Peacock Copper. The colors come from the oxides of copper that form on the surface.
We were back at the Motel before lunch, so we ate at the Cowboy Smokehouse Cafe and then decided to head back early to St. George rather than staying in Panguitch a second night. This change in plans allowed us to attend a production of The Prince of Egypt at the Tuacahn Theater with Ann and Pat. The setting was wonderful and the parting of the Red Sea scene was especially impressive because of the water feature built into the theater. It was a long day, but a great one.