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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"B" is for Bryce Canyon National Park

As soon as I saw an image of Bryce Canyon National Park, I knew it had to be on my bucket list of places to visit. The reds and oranges of the hoodoos drew me in. What artist would not want to go there, camera in hand with visions of paintings yet to come? The hoodoos are actually spires of rock carved by wild winds of erosion. How glorious the scenery there must be.

We were within 50 miles of the park when we visited Antelope Canyon two years ago. At least, I think we were that close. From the map, it appears the roads are more remote than those we traveled to the Grand Canyon. Bryce has fewer visitors than the other parks in the area.

"Is There Hope?" ©Mary Montague Sikes
Mormon settlers came to the Bryce Canyon area in the 1850s. It's named for a homesteader, Ebenezer Bryce, who arrived in 1874. Bryce Canyon isn't a canyon at all but is a series of natural amphitheaters on the eastern side of a plateau. It's elevation varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.

All those travelers who enjoy unforgettable scenery will want to put Bryce Canyon National Park on your bucket list as well. Hundreds of photo ops await you.

(Since I've never been there, I have no photographs of my own from Bryce Canyon National Park. When I tried to use ones listed as free on the Internet, I had problems with my blog format and the photo disappeared. Because I wanted art with my post, I decided instead to use an Antelope Canyon photo from my files.)

Insecure Writers Support Group Post

Sometimes you reach a point with your writing where you wonder if you will ever be able to finish the book you're working on. That often happens to me when I reach the sagging middle.

I'm there right now.

What I've decided to do is to take a deep breath and meditate for a few minutes each day before I start to work on the project. I have a painting created for my meditation moments and I will use that to gain focus.

Do you have sagging middle moments? What do you do?


Julie Flanders said...

Wow what a beautiful photo. I never cease to be amazed at how stunning all the canyons in the west are. Such a totally different landscape than anything in the eastern half of the country

Mary Montague Sikes said...

How true, Julie, but in the East we have the most beautiful springs. Virginia is lovely in April and May. It's strange this year to be in April with the trees in our woods still gray and barren of leaves! What an amazing country we live in to have such diverse and glorious landscapes!

Melanie Schulz said...

That picture is incredible. When I'm feeling like that I write flash fiction just for fun- it takes the pressure off, after a few I switch back to my book and my mind doesn't seem to know the difference.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Everything about my current manuscript has sagged...

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't make it to the west side of the U.S. very often because it involves getting on a plane! So someday I'd love to just spend a month or two traveling to all the places I've never visited. Maybe once I retire!

Kristin Smith said...

I've been to Bryce Canyon National Park--it is beautiful! Love your theme for this A to Z--I will have to check back in to get ideas for vacations.

Good luck getting past the "sagging middle". That inspiration will come! :)