The view of Bryce Canyon National Park from our summer home in Tropic, Utah. (Photo credit: David Muenker)
A grand benefit of full-time RVing is the variety of scenery we get to enjoy by setting up “home” in different places. The view from our window is colorful Bristlecone Point! On the other side of it is the magical, hoodoo world of Bryce Canyon National Park.
Although the park entrance is 10 miles away, the park boundary is only 100 yards from our RV. From there, we can follow a wash into the core of the park. Another option is Tropic Trail, 2 miles up the road from our home at Stone Canyon Inn.
This is a glorious place to be. We’ve visited Bryce Canyon three times before, when we saw it dusted with springtime snow and also in its summer glory. How wonderful to be able to get to know it intimately!
Watching the annular solar eclipse from a clifftop at Losee Canyon. (Photo credit: European vacationer)
What an extraordinary way to initiate our arrival in southern Utah–watching the annular solar eclipse from a clifftop near our “summer home” outside Bryce Canyon National Park!
The owners of the Stone Canyon Inn–Mike and Dixie Burbidge (second row on right)–planned an eclipse watching outing for members of their family, which includes us work campers helping out this summer.
We hiked up Arches Trail in Losee Canyon in Dixie National Forest (about 20 miles northwest of the inn) and perched atop a cliff for the grand event. The owners brought eclipse shades to protect our eyes while staring at the sun, a picnic and ta-da!! Dixie’s memorable, homemade “moon pies.” Stuffed with marshmallow, these sweet cookies sported chocolate frosting ringed with orange icing, which is what the annular solar eclipse looked like through the shades.
I photographed this image of the partial eclipse with the plastic lens of the eclipse shades held in front of my Sony cyber-shot camera lens , which accounts for the variation in shading.
Annular Solar Eclipse seen while the moon was moving toward the center of the sun. (Photo credit: Rose Muenker)
And I got this shot of the annular solar eclipse with a perfect ring of fire around it! Amazing what that little camera can do!
The “ring of fire” (the sun) surrounding the moon when it is centered over the sun during the annular solar eclipse. To see the ring, you may need to zoom in on the image. (Photo credit: Rose Muenker)
The event was fabulous! What a beautiful and fun way to spend time with the folks who will be our buddies all summer long!
Ravay Snow, portrait artist, with David, Rose and Sonha, at Denver’s Furry Scurry. (Photo credit Jon Renner)
Among the many dear friends we’re connected with during our stay in Denver is fine artist Ravay Snow, who had a booth at the Denver Dumb Friends League annual Furry Scurry.
Ravay is the talented artist who created the illustrations of Sonha in the David’s photos for our World Heritage Pointer children’s stories about UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Here’s the photo of our team – Ravay, David, Sonha and me – taken about 7 years ago for our website. It’s amazing how much and how little has changed!
The World Heritage Pointer team in 2005: Writer Rose Muenker, photographer David Muenker, illustrator Ravay Snow, and Superstar Sonha. (Photo credit: David Muenker)