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Trip Report We Hit the Trifecta! Our trip to Bryce, Grand Canyon North Rim and Zion.

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Please don't ask me which park was our favorite! They are all so different from one another. This is what made the trip so satisfying and fun.

Bryce and its hoodoos: Looking down
I saw rows and rows of toy soldiers ready to start marching, and hundreds of stovepipe hats topping Abe's head. I saw the sandstone statues at Abu Simbal standing guard at the Amphitheater and I saw the the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian lined up to do battle.

Grand Canyon North Rim: Looking across
My eyes were pulled and stretched in a million different directions all at once. I wanted to look there. No...over there. Wait...how about there? The side canyons that dominate the north stretched out into the main canyon pulling and sucking me in that direction.

Zion Canyon: Looking up
"M, everywhere I look I see faces in the sandstone looking at me. Do you see them?" Everytime I looked up at the massive sandstone cliffs, faces emerged from the walls. Some that looked like Picasso created them. Some looked like the scribblings of a 4 year old. There were profiles. Some even had hair and chins and ears and eyebrows! As you moved up or down canyon the faces sometimes would disappear as the perspective changed. It was completely unexpected and after a while I actually started looking for them. Has this happened to anyone else at Zion?

Each park is a treasure in its own right and I'd return to each place again and again.

But first....VEGAS!

Neither of us had been to Vegas in years and M wanted to spend our first night there.

We flew SFO to Vegas and spent the night at Bally's, which ended up being a hoot. I chose Bally's because at $78, it was cheap and the location was perfect for exploring the strip. For one night even if it turned out to be a dump, we'd be gone the next day. Much to our surprise we were upgraded to an over the top suite that looked like something from the Godfather Part 2 that had to be at least 1500 sq. feet. It had a sunken jacuzzi tub with gold fixtures in the bedroom , a steam shower, a work out room with treadmill and stairstepper, several red velvet divans and gold sofas in each room (that was the color scheme). There were 5 televisions and 9 phones, a wet bar complete with vinyl bar stools. There were artifical plants and flower arrangements everywhere. It wasn't ratty or tired, just TACKY! It was quintessential Vegas from the late 60s, early 70s upadated to the 21st century. We were thrilled! It couldn't have been more perfect. M quickly pulled out the camera and started taking pictures giggling the whole time.

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