Bryce Canyon National Park was absolutely epic. Located in Utah about an hours drive from Zion National Parks East entrance, it has everything: day hiking, backpacking, snow showing and even a cave! Back in February we were lucky enough to “rough it” there, backpacking and sleeping outside in 22F the entire weekend. There was something about the crystal clear winter sky, the starlight and the crisp air that made us forget the altitude and the frigid temperatures. (Though admittedly it is always weird to hear how fast we are breathing while trying to sleep our first night of acclimating. If you head here and are a flatlander like us, make sure to give yourself time to acclimate to the altitude as the park resides at 8000 to 9000 feet around the rim.) The famous hoodoos formed as a result of ancient streams laying down layer upon layer of sediment at the bottom of a lake and along a floodplain, starting around 50 million years ago. These tiny particles accumulated and cemented together to create Bryce Canyon’s rocks (limestones, dolostones, mudstones, siltstones and sandstones). Plate tectonics later uplifted the region and a combination of rain and ice sculpted the hoodos. How’s that happen? As rain seeps into the cracks between the rocks it freezes and expands, causing cracks and pieces to fall off. In fact it’s a process that is still occurring today.
While many of the National Parks have limited hours and encourage everyone to stay home right now, we can still plan future adventures and learn about these amazing gems in the interim. Stay healthy and safe everyone and flatten that curve! Us EMTS, Medics, Nurses, Aides and Docs are all counting on you to help us out! Thank you to all the medical professionals, retail and grocery store workers, truckers, mail service personnel, and everyone else still working in this critical time!
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