Mossy Cave

Though this out-and-back hike in Bryce Canyon NP is aptly named for its final destination, there’s another feature along this trail that’s even more gorgeous — at least it was in late May.

Back in 1890 settlers diverted water by building a ten-mile canal from the East Fork of the Sevier River through rocky terrain to Bryce Valley. When the canal was complete, settlers established the town of Tropic at the end of the canal.

Caves are always intriguing, aren’t they? Something about the mystery of what’s deep inside, the temptation to find out, and the danger that lurks, if not inside then in the possibility that something could make the ceiling or walls come crashing down. 😦

This little cave was more like an overhang…

…and seemed at a mid-point between dramatic winter icicles, as the photo on this interpretive display shows:

A little snow clung to the walls, melting water dripped from the ceiling, and the moss for which it’s named grew was starting to flourish:

But the spur trail leading upstream to the waterfall was even more tempting than lingering near the grotto…

… and when we got there, Bob studied the log leading over the falls to a connecting trail on the other side to see if all the balancing practice we did in Yuma might pay off crossing here:

It didn’t look like much from here…

… but the log was wet and the waterfalls beneath it packed a powerful punch…

…so we decided to play it safe and admire the view from this side of the log.

We sat awhile on a bench nearby, taking in the view and enjoying the azure skies and bright walls of rock around us, saying quiet thanks that we have had the privilege of being here on such a perfect day.

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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