Thursday, April 05, 2012
Hoodoos Keep on Haunting Me
Bryce Canyon National Park Amphitheater
Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the 7 National Parks of the Southwest's Grand Circle. Its amazing beauty is the result of the destructive forces of water and ice carving away the weak limestone of the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The result of this water, ice and gravity erosion brought about red rock spires and horshoe-shaped amphitheaters of hoodoos, which Bryce Canyon is known for.
The Hunter Hoodoo
Hoodoos are pillars of rock left by erosion. Their mystical shapes inspires imagination, thus probably these rocks are named hoodoos because they are accurately known to cast a spell on visitors. They casted a spell on me, they kept on haunting me, as much as they haunt other visitors probably. They haunt me to come back, to look often at their pictures, to dream about them, and now, here I am, trying to undo that spell by writing about them here.
Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park
From the rim, Bryce Canyon looks marvelous, but nothing can compare to being up close with the hoodoos down the canyon. There are several short hikes that will allow visitors to experience the hoodoos up close and to feel what it is like at the canyon floor.
Here are some of the hoodoos collection that I have met at Bryce Canyon National Park. Some of them are kind of popular, have names, while others, well, maybe, we can name them?
I. The Popular Hoodoos
1. The Poodle- this one can be viewed from the rim. However, I do not think I have good angle where I was that this poodle hoodoo does not look like a poodle to me at all :) .
2. Queen Victoria - Quen Victoria Hoodoo can not seen from the rim. Queen Victoria Hoodoo and her majesty are found at the Queen's Garden at the end of the Queen's Garden trail. The full length of the trail is amazingly lined with hoodoos, so, do not worry if Queen Victoria Hoodoo will disappoint you, as there are just so many more hoodoos that greet you in the hike.
Queen Victoria Hoodoo got its name from its resemblance to the many statues of Queen Victoria in Europe.
3. Thor's Hammer - this hoodoo can be viewed from the Navajo Loop Trail, a popular trail in Bryce Canyon because of its tall walls and slot canyons.
II. The Less Popular Hoodoos
1. The E.T. - this hoodoo can not be seen from the rim, and is found in Queen's Garden Trail.
Being not ppular, this hoodoo was not in the list to see in the park's brochure. I actually didn't even know the the name of this hoodoo, but I just took the picture when I saw it since to me, it looks very interesting. How nature can carve these rocks giving them shapes and faces is just unimaginable for me.
III. The Un-named and Unpopular Hoodoo
I am giving these un-named hoodoos name the way I see them. However, if you have suggestions as to what you are seeing and maybe you can actually be right, as the spell hoodoos casted on me may have affected my imagination.
1. The Woman and Child?- this hoodoo is seen from the rim. Well, maybe, hoodoos haunted me so much that my imagination is nowhere?
Woman and Child?
My imagination tells me that the fair hoodoo at the center looks like a lady and hugging or carrying a baby in her arms? Sometimes, I see a tip-toeing and dancing lady as well. So, I would tell myself, the lady dances from happiness because of the joy and warmth from her child. Oh well.......
2. The Wolf?- Hmmmm, maybe it is just me, but I see a wolf or maybe a chess horse?
And what about the one to the right of the wolf, what do you see? I could not describe it, but somehow, I feel like I saw this character somewhere.
3. The Apes- well, you think?
Group of Apes ?
Oh well, after this post, maybe you have to call the doctor quick for me? Maybe I am hallucinating? Teehheee. I see in these hoodoos resemblance to the gorillas at Wild Animal Park. But then, sometimes, I do think they look like pigs too. But then, the next group of hoodoos are what I call the pig hoodoos.
4. The Piggy Look - these are also found at the Queen's Garden trail. Actually, it is only the left hoodoo that looks like a pig to me, but the rest, I am sure I have seen them somewhere, before, maybe, in my dreams? Maybe, they were even my playmates when I was a kid
Piggy Look (?)
The 3rd short one from the group, somehow, I am seeing a chick?
5. What About This? I found this hoodoo near the canyon floor. This hoodoo looked like having a happy face to me.
5. ( ? )
What do you think?
The last picture I am sharing with you, is not really another un-named hoodoo, but I just like it because it is like framed hoodoos. I call it, hoodoos at the other side of the world :)
Hoodoos At the Other Side
Oh well, I guess I have to stop here and refer you to Bryce Canyon National Park's site to clear yourselves from this spell.