June 16 - by Madison
Today we spent the day in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. I was excited to come here because people say this is a mini-Bryce. I learned that the reason it was named Cedar Breaks was because there are so many Cedar Trees and the canyon looks so fragile that it is going to break. When we arrived at Cedar Breaks we got our Junior Ranger books, and then we went to a ranger program.
The program was about how this canyon formed, and what minerals make up the colors of the canyon. I learned that the white in the canyon is from the calcium in the snail shells, the red in the canyon is from Iron Oxide, and the purple is from Magnesium. I liked this program because it taught me how and what makes the canyon. Also, the formations that we are seeing are called Hoodoos, because the Indians thought that they were evil and they didn't want to call them Voodoo, so they changed it to Hoodoo.
After this program we went on a 2 mile hike to a viewpoint that overlooks the canyon. I thought the Hoodoos were really funny looking because they looked like an elderly person crouched over with a cane. I also thought that they looked like cave formations with really pretty reds, purples, whites and oranges. I really liked these colors because they reminded me of Max.
When we got to the overlook we saw a really pretty arch that reminded me of the natural bridges that we saw in Natural Bridges National Monument. Katelyn and I were really disappointed that there were trees near the Hoodoos, because they didn’t match the colors in the canyon and they didn’t fit in with the environment. We didn’t think that they fit in with the environment because they didn’t look like they belonged here. When we finished enjoying the scenery we hiked back to the RV and then got or Junior Ranger badges. After that we drove to a little town right outside of Bryce National Park. I can’t wait to go here tomorrow because I really enjoyed the scenery at Cedar Breaks. I had a really great day enjoying the scenery.