Wednesday, 10 November 2010
240 miles to Bryce Canyon
Another point of interest- we called in to read a display about the role that the Navajo Codetalkers played in the war with Japan in WW2. The weird thing was that the display was adverised as being in the Burger King! It seemed that the Navajo language is so complex that it was indecipherable and so the Americans were able to communicate, without fear of comprehension by the Japanese. Such a commendable skill praised in such a mundane setting. Maybe the thinking was that plenty of native people would see this information here and feel pride in their history.
On the way to Kanab we almost ran into a Roadrunner bird, of Tom and Jerry fame! Beep, beep! Unfortunately moving too fast to get a photo. A flightless bird, it's able to run at amazing speed, its legs a blurr, managing to successfully cross a highway! So chuffed to have seen it.
We continued gradually climbing past Red Canyon, on to a high level, narrow plain with cows and horses and a few ranches. up and up and we finally arrived at Bryce City, altitude 8000'+. There's hardly anything here, and what is seems to be owned by Ruby's, who established a hotel and staging post here in 1820s. There's two Best Westerns on the site, a petrol station, gift shop, restaurant and a few houses and that's about it- the City! Remarkably, we'd covered nearly 300mls by about 1pm, with just enough time for a sneak preview of the Canyon. With the temperature dropping to just above freezing, we set off on the Queens Garden Trail, having paid our $25 park entry fee.
This place is so WIERD!!!
With deteriorating weather we drove back to our stop at the Best Western Grand, opposite Ruby's. The Lonely Planet guide is disparaging about the city and its food reputation, but we couldn't fault it. Great hearty buffet and reasonable prices.