American Locations 28

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Bryce Canyon 3

The next morning we took the shuttle around to the 4 best vistas, getting off and exploring each.

At the last, Sunrise Point, my wife took the shuttle back to the campground and I hiked the Queen Statue – Navajo – Two Bridges Loop, which would take me all the way down to the bottom then up another side.

In the bottom right you can see a section of the trail I am headed for.

I started down.

In these photos I’m getting low enough you can see trails weaving all over.

One of my favorite photos.

I am getting low enough to touch them.

Nearly at the bottom.

You get a different perspective looking up from below.

Another of my favorites. It looks like a castle.

I like this one with the single little pine tree growing on top.

This one looks like a totem pole.

Are they praying? Or just tired?

Another twisted tree.

I just keep going down.

I met some people coming up the way I had come down. My wife worries about me hiking on my own, but I’m never away from other people.

3 gates to go through.

Having reached the bottom, time go head back up.

A short side trail to the Two Bridges.

It gets steeper. Maybe I should have done this side first, like everyone else.

Kickback after kickback.

Nearing the top, it’s fun to look down to see others struggling up. So I stop to take pictures. Not to catch my breath. But to take pictures. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Almost there.

The view from back on top.

By the time I get to the top it is snowing and sleeting. I don’t care. I collapsed on a bench for about half an hour. Then I caught the shuttle back to the campground, then limped to our site. This was one of the best days of the trip, and also one of the most exhausting.

Next Location – Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

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