8:09 am - Saturday - October 21st - Bryce Canyon, UT - 23º F, 71% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the west by northwest.....seems calm where I am! Sunny skies with NO clouds. Elevation - 7,664'.....forecast high for our location today is a chilly 50º F, but the outlook for the next few days is 60's and 70's!
We awoke to temps in the 40's Friday....a nice change, for sure. We had a lovely sunrise, which I shared with you in yesterday's entry, and were on our way south on US-89 to Panguitch, UT by 10:30 am with plans to stop off at the local supermarket to stock up on less expensive supplies than we are likely to find in Bryce Canyon City. Once we stowed our groceries we had just 23 miles to cover into Bryce Canyon NP. There are several RV parks just outside the entrance to Bryce and we chose Ruby's Inn RV Park.....they had a special going since their season will be over in less than 2 weeks, and we were able to get 5 nights of full hookups (50 amp) for $187.....would have been closer to $300 without the discounts!
We arrived at Ruby's around 12:15 pm, and were promptly checked into site 114, which is a 100' pull through site, but is, unfortunately, surrounded by tall pine trees making it impossible for us to aim our satellite dish successfully. We went back to the office to see if they had any sites with a clear view of the southern sky and found they had one left.....site 56, and we were successful in dialing in our DirecTV.....there are baseball playoffs to be watched, as well as the first game of the World Series before our tenure expires here, so being able to get our DirecTV dialed in is important to us.
Once we were set up we hopped in the Beetle and headed into the park using our Golden Age pass to enter without charge. We then spent about 15 minutes at the Visitors Center getting information about the park, and buying a nice map.
It was quite windy on our drive into Bryce, and that wind continued during our initial tour of the various viewpoints throughout the park, so we decided not to do any hiking, but just get an overview by visiting as many of the viewpoints as we could before sundown (sundown is 6:30 pm, give, or take a few minutes). The following is a pictorial review of what we saw......