Sometimes on short mileage days, it actually takes us longer to get to a place than on a regular day. That’s because you know you have time and we tend to dawdle in the morning. Lee decided he wanted to go to the store and do some laundry so we didn’t get moving until close to noon. Deb and Steve also had to go to the store, plus she wanted to wash her rig and Steve had a conference call, so they had a late start as well.
None of us were worried because Deb had called Bryce and was told the campground was first come first serve, and we should have no problem getting in. What they didn’t tell her was all but one loop was closed, and by the time we got there around 5pm there were only two spots left! We were extremely lucky that those two spots were large enough for us and next to each other…but I am jumping ahead. First, the drive.
When we arrived at the campground, as I said only loop A was open, and only two spots left, but they were good ones. Unfortunately they weren’t totally cleared of snow and no picnic table or campfire. The dump station was also closed, but we had dumped and filled before leaving Lone Rock, because Deb had found out it wasn’t open.
That night I’ll be honest I was a little disappointed. The campground was $30 a night (pretty steep for what we were getting) and it was overcast. The last part is what really bothered me because you simply can’t take great pictures on overcast days. We were unsure on whether or not we wanted to stay, but by the time we got settled it was 6pm and too late to move. The full hookup campground in town was $49 a night and the boondocking spot was a no go because the ground was too wet. All in all it had been a long day and not how I wanted my Bryce experience to start. Consequently we decided to just get a good nights sleep and see what tomorrow brought us.
Thankfully when we woke up the next day the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day and despite the snow on the ground, not cold at all. Lee and I were up and ready to go really early, so we decided to pop up to the visitors center and get some information on the park.
Things were definitely looking up and the four of us decided to take advantage of the sun and start with the scenic drive. That turned out to be an amazing experience but I am going to save that for my next post. Too many good pictures to fit into this one.
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