Bryce National Park is a place that is truly unique in the landscapes of the earth. On approaching the park, the traveler sees the beautiful colors and vista of the American Southwest, but has no idea of what is to be experienced ahead.
Entering the park, wending one’s way in, the viewer finds the vista opening out into spires and monoliths that rival any steeples and architecture of man-made edifices. The colors, the shapes, the forms – it is a forest of trees made of stone, as opposed to wood and foliage.
Bryce is a place unique to itself.
Initially, one stands on the rim – the outside, so to speak – looking down into the canyons, and the impelling desire is to find a path and work oneself down, down, down into the canyon area and be among the spires, looking up at them as opposed to down.
In Descent into Bryce Canyon, the travelers are doing just this – working their way, on horseback, down the steep trail. It is a process that cannot be quickly done, requiring attention from both man and horse, and because the process is slow, and the vista is magnificent, it is worth taking time to stop, truly stop, and view the landscape.
Descent into Bryce Canyon, in addition to celebrating the beauty of Mother Nature’s landscapes, reminds us that, regardless of what we are doing in life, it is worthwhile to take things slowly, gently, carefully because the path is frequently steep. And because the view is frequently worth seeing, it is also worthwhile to stop and look around.
There are always things that need to get done, always places to go, and if we focus – exclusively – on getting things done and going places quickly, then we will never enjoy the view that is in front of our eyes.
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March 17th, 2017
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