Grand Canyon Project:
Day Seventeen
Wednesday May 24, 2000


We went 3625 miles by the end of the day.

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"Git along li'l doggy"

Bessie the van landed at Gary’s Texaco and spent the morning being examined. To test the repairs, we drove around town, stopping at the Shakespearean Theater and Tony Award Winning drama troupe at the University of Southern Utah. Then we played in a mechanical cow that was once used to train horses and is now parked at Gary’s.

Cedar Breaks
From scorching heat to sub-zero - Celsius that is - temperatures

The van seemed fine, so we drove to Cedar Breaks in search of snow. When we found it, we celebrated with a snowball fight. At Cedar Breaks, we were at the highest altitude for the whole trip—over 11,000 feet. A thunderstorm threatened as we viewed the amazing scenery.

Contemplating the View

Further down the road, we reached vibrant red sandstone formations at Red Canyon. The ground was saturated with color.

Natural Rock Arch

We continued onward and reached Bryce Canyon. It is not as well-known as the Grand Canyon, but equally awesome. Its characteristic features are hoodoos, tall pinnacles of rock created through wind and water erosion. While photographing the mural, we learned that it appeals to everyone—even the wildlife.

We had a harrowing drive after we left Bryce Canyon and darkness descended on us along with storm clouds. First we had rain, then winding mountain roads, then a sandstorm, then total darkness as we drove through the middle of nowhere in a search for a place to stop for the night.

Bryce Canyon
A Curious Chipmonk
The Banner at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
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