Episode 7 in my Grand Circle tour around the south-west of the United States takes us to Bryce Canyon, one of the world famous national parks found in Utah. I was fortunate to spend two nights in the Bryce Canyon area, staying in Tropic about 15 minutes from the park. Even then it wasnt enough time to see more than the main canyon, as there are many regions to explore throughout the entire national park.
During this film you will also see footage from one of the hikes my wife and I undertook. We ventured down into Wall Street, one of the slot canyon formations in Bryce. It is fair to say that, as we are normally sea level dwellers, the hike 600ft back out of the canyon at ~8,000ft above sea level was more strenuous than we anticipated. Even so, you cant really appreciate the majesty of this national park without making the effort to hike down into it.
Part 8 in the series due in the next couple of months will take you on the trip into Zion National park, before concluding back in Las Vegas.
"Dream of a Butterfly " from the album jamendo.com/en/list/a3476/frozen-silence
"D" from the album jamendo.com/en/list/a49125/notes
"Stream 1" from the album jamendo.com/en/list/a51054/streams
Music licensed under creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
Camera: Sony HDV HDR-HC9 Handycam
Editing: Adobe Premiere CS5.5, Magic Bullet Suite 11.2, Mercalli V2 Stabilisation
Note: Much of the canyon hike footage was shot handheld, while sunrise and sunset are filmed using a Manfrotto CLB190 Tripod with 128RC head. I don't recommend the tripod however, as it lacks stability in even light winds.
On the sound front in this film, I have tried to include more of the ambient sounds from the national park. Unfortunately, what you will often hear is one of the thousands of visitors walking past or the buses, trucks and cars that service the accommodation areas rather than the trees and birds. These national parks in peak season are not really "peaceful" places :-)