River and its tributaries still carve the plateau edges and steep slopes of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, on which lies the national park.
Any photos you have ever seen, do not portray the hoodoos as mysteriously and beautifully as reality. They are much darker, reddish orange, and almost neon is appearance.
In plain English, the hoodoos are a breathtaking and fascinating natural wonder of Bryce. Each year, about 1.7 million people visit Bryce Canyon. It was President Warren Harding who proclaimed this area to be Bryce Canyon National Monument in 1923. Whoever said he did nothing as President was wrong. This was his best contribution!
Bryce Point and Sunset Point were the two most spectacular vantage points. We could see for tens of miles on a cold, crisp, and clear winter day. It snowed last night up here, so the red hoodoos dusted with snow were extra spectacular.
We also stopped at Ruby’s General Store on the way. Ruby’s has a little of everything, from gasoline, groceries, hunting and fishing equipment, guided tours, backpacking gear, and souvenirs. Ruby, now deceased, was a man, whose kids still own and operate the store, and general retail complex.
Though Bryce is a two hour drive from St. George, it was worth the time. It rivals any national parks we have seen, including Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Make sure you visit both Zion and Bryce on your next trip here.
We arrived Friday afternoon, after a stop at the factory outlet stores in Gilroy. We saw the sun peeking out from the soft cloud cover, revealing the magnificent Monterey coast and bay. The highway exit for Pebble Beach and Seventeen Mile Drive is a welcome sight. We checked into the Lodge, and got to see our dear friend Carol (from Peru). We settled down for a quiet and relaxing afternoon.
Little did we know that we were assigned the loveliest of suites on the 18th green of the golf course. What a glorious view of Carmel Bay. What can I say? I think I am in heaven.
But first, I walked the grounds, along the Eighteenth fairway, then back up behind the #3 green, over to the Tennis Club, the Spa, Casa Palmero, and back over to the shops surrounding the practice putting green, over to the Market, and over to the Equestrian Center. The polo field is actually used as the driving range for the ATT and US Open golf events!
Saturday, after a nice breakfast here at the Lodge, we headed over to downtown Carmel for a little retail therapy, walking, and maybe a light lunch. Tonight is a big celebration of someone special’s birthday. It is also my brother Bob’s birthday today. And yesterday was our friend Cesar’s birthday in Lima, Peru.
But first, we hit the Pebble Beach outlet store down on Cannery Row. Then we headed to downtown Carmel for some retail therapy. I was able to buy Sheri some special denim jeans for her birthday. And she was able to get them altered, almost on the spot.
We also saw our friend Susan, who is having a bit of a rough go with family and friends right now. But it was nice to see her and catch up with her on all the latest. We also found our foreign electrical adapter (all in one) at the Tumi store. BTW, the Wilkes Bashful store is already gone from Carmel Plaza. I guess there are not enough Willie Browns down here on the peninsula.
I never get tired of seeing this, whether bathed in brilliant sunlight or covered with a blanket of fog. And if you want to avoid the fee at the gate, tell the ranger that you are going to the post office at Pebble Beach. The park personnel cannot keep you away form a Federal office by charging a fee.
When we stay at the Lodge at Pebble or Inn at Spanish Bay, we get the use of a Lexus, preferably a red convertible, when we stay here. Today it will be silver. On any nice day, the drive is enhanced by a sprint on Seventeen Mile Drive with the top down. A stop for some refreshments is always welcome.
The forest is impressive by reason of its rich abundance of cypress trees and the Monterey pines. You will also drive past picturesque beaches, isolated cliffs, the famous and often photographed “Lone Cypress”, the Pebble Beach Golf Course (my favorite in the entire world) and the “Lodge at Pebble Beach” Hotel, where rooms cost $500. Many kinds of gulls live in the Seal and Bird Rocks. Often you can spot deer, sea lions, and harbor seals there too. The Cypress