Summer brought some interesting travels, including riding in Bryce Canyon. A most spectacular location, Bryce is nowhere near as precipitous as the Grand Canyon or indeed most canyons, making it a surprisingly straightforward place to ride. The riding operation based near Bryce Lodge, the former Union Pacific Railroad resort, is very well run and thoroughly recommended.
Down on the canyon floor, half an hour on horseback, we were surrounded by amazing sandstone formations including tall hoodoos. The string, a mix of horses and mules, were sure-footed and well accustomed to the terrain. They scarcely sweated climbing back up to the rim, a stiff walk. As an experienced rider, I was given a characterful old horse and left to ride at the very back.
Here's a view across the landscape where we rode. From the rim, it looks as if there could be scarcely a way down into the jumbled interior, and yet there are several trails. What a lovely place to spend a day.