Whoops, wrong place! We have to get back in the cars and drive to another lookout, which has the trailhead that we want.
One thing about Bryce Canyon is that it's not in fact a canyon. It would have to have an opposite side for that. It's just a discontinuity in the terrain. The low land in the distance is what we drove through yesterday.
The paths are seriously muddy at this time of year. We look condescendingly at all the hikers who are doing the loop in the opposite direction (the other side is not as bad) in sneakers. Of course, those of us wearing gaiters look condescendingly at those (like me) who don't.
A creek of red mud. In the summer this will be dry. Right now it contributes to the stuff that makes the Colorado River brown, and will eventually (over millennia) fill up Lake Mead.
We now hoof it back to Kodachrome Basin, where Bob is waiting for us in the dark now. We still have to stop at Ruby's Inn for some supplies, as we are very far away from any big cities or grocery stores, and tomorrow it will be Sunday. No joke in southern Utah. The grocery store at Ruby's is expensive and does not have good selection compared to the giant "Basha's" grocery stores we've become used to.
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