I wanted to check where Thor’s Hammer was for the next morning, so walked partly down the Navajo trail to the two bridges. I had told Lindsay to go back as he had pinched a nerve in his back, but I didn’t know if he had taken that as back to the car or back to the campsite. So I came back without completing the loop. Part of that loop was closed due to reconstruction and the loop I would have taken would have joined up with the Queen’s Garden and taken about 45 minutes – providing I had found the right turn! Walking back up was really hard work, it was steep and I was hot and we are talking about 9,000ft above sea level. I had to stop frequently to drink my Gatorade which gave me the energy to go the next bit along. The colours during the day are not washed out like the Grand Canyon. Sunset was at 8:22pm, so we decided to have dinner first. What we hadn’t checked on was that Lindsay’s watch matched the time on the phone and we had switched time zones again! As we were washing up, Lindsay said that sun is coming down, you better go. So I grabbed my camera and tripod and walked as fast as I could to Sunset Point. When I got there, I was too late. I asked some British tourists what time they had, and they had the same as Lindsay. They thought that because of the valleys, sunset was different than here. I still hadn’t twigged that we all had the wrong time. I stayed and took some shots at a slow shutter speed which look really good and another torist let me try his 1.5x teleconverter. I need one of these too! A friend had lent him his 5D, 70-200 f/2.8 lens and teleconverter! Lucky guy. I want one of these lenses too as mine is only an f/4 and the teleconverter drops down a stop. So the trip wasn’t wasted, there always seems to be a reason we do things, we stop somewhere and we meet someone, who tells us something that we need to know. The next morning, I set the alarm on my iPod for 5:30am. When I woke up, Lindsay said it was only 4:30, so I stayed in bed. Then I thought that I better check the time on the mobile. It was 5:40am by then! So up I get and rush off to Sunset Point again. Lindsay wanted me to get a shot of Thors’ Hammer.
Bill had told us a couple of nights before about a camping spot not far from Bryce, so we went somewhere in that vicinity to spend the day. It turned out it was bear and mountain lion country, but we didn’t see any. Dinner was great and Bill was taking a photo of the full moon, so I grabbed my camera and tripod and he told me what setting I should have on my camera to get the best result. You can see the shading on the moon, I am very pleased with the result. He also took me through his gallery showing me some of his favourite pictures with moons in them. It was a great night and we stayed the night near their hot houses and had breakfast in the morning with them. Lindsay had had too many Margaritas to drive to our camping spot nearby.