It was sunset when we walked out to Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon. Or rather, as we slowly made our way to Sunset Point because I was busy taking photos. Suddenly my husband turns to me and his voice is disappointed: Is this it? I turned up one side of my mouth and thought, just you wait and see. Once out on the point, the huge amphitheater spread out in front of us and the sheer size of it was breathtaking. Oh. was the only comment I heard next to me and I allowed myself a little chuckle.
As with everywhere else in the desert, the light changes quickly and the colors with it. Due to Bryce Canyon being at the end of our journey, and we were tight on the number of days we had left, we spent two nights, i.e. one full day exploring the area. There are plenty of things to do for those who have more time and I highly recommend going on one of the longer hikes that are more off the beaten path.
In order to make the most of our stay, and of course to catch the early morning light on the hoodoos, we were up at an ungodly time standing at the rim with other tourists and their cameras. Luckily I had thought to bring a jacket with a hood and I was toasty warm while I heard others lamenting the chilly morning. Lucky those who had thought to bring hot coffee with them.
The rest of the day was spent hiking down into the amphitheater, driving out to Rainbow Point for views and a fantastic geologic Ranger Talk, and venturing out on a little stroll along a peaceful creek to Mossy Cave and a waterfall.