North America Travel

Peaceful Paradise of Zion and Bryce

Worth the Trip

Location: Orderville Utah USA

Our visit to the USA has been a bit frantic and fast-paced until the past few days as we have enjoyed the peaceful paradise of Zion and Bryce National Parks in Utah.

Hiking the river valley in Zion

Incredible Bryce Canyon

Rock cliffs in Zion

This is my second visit to these two incredibly beautiful US National Parks. And probably not my last. The beauty here is astounding. The geological features astonishing. Even if you aren’t a religious person as you stand on the edge of somewhere like Bryce Canyon you are filled with awe and a sense of spirituality. An awe of nature, our planet, and how small each of us are in the whole scheme of things.

With my friends on the edge of Bryce Canyon

We spent five fun-filled days with two couples who we have known for forty years. College friends of Arne’s and their wives. We have traveled together several times before and it’s a good fit.

This time we met for one night in Las Vegas then

Me and Arne enjoying the view

drove to Orderville Utah. Orderville is perfectly placed half way between Zion and Bryce. We rented a spectacular log cabin and spent three days enjoying the peaceful paradise of Zion and Bryce – hiking and exploring and marveling at these diverse parks.

Sixty candles on the cake. Wow.

Me in the Virgin River Zion

We also celebrated the three guys 60th birthdays as they all turn sixty within three weeks of each other this month. It was a wonderful celebration. A wonderful reunion. And a wonderful reminder of how lucky we are; good friends, amazing travel and a healthy life well-lived.


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  • Reply Lydia

    As a passionate lover of national parks, I must admit that these two seem truly breathtaking, Laureen. I’d love to go hiking in both Zion and Bryce National Parks. When’s the best time of the year to go hiking there?

    June 13, 2018 at 5:51 am
    • Reply Laureen

      It’s beautiful year around but can get extremely hot in the summer. Bryce can have snow in the winter which is lovely. I believe both are open year around, just check the weather for your own personal preference. Thank you for following!

      June 13, 2018 at 6:27 am

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