In 1932 when my ancestors took a family reunion photo, they weren’t worried about our generation, as much as they were worried about lunch. However, I am very glad for the time they spared on various photos they took over the years as they’ve become priceless for the whole family.
This summer when there is a get together for family reunions in a place like Bryce Canyon, it is important that you ensure future generations will be able to remember and know you. There are amazing tools that can very easily help us capture, preserve, and sharing memories with the family and future generations.
The following are useful tips and ideas for using stories and photos that may add some flair to reunions. You may try out this in case you have not had the chance of using stories and photos.
General Ideas For Family Reunions at Bryce Canyon in the Digital Age
At any family gathering, you will find several photo related activities that may happen. The following are some of the ideas.
- Taking a group photo-This is a no brainer and for purposes of generations to come, it is important to have everyone captured in the image.
- Photo slideshow-You can set up your television or laptop with a looping slide show of your family members. Get as many people as possible in order to contribute. Ensure that the photos are uploaded to photo sharing sites so family members have access to them afterwards.
- Photo name tags— From every attendee, obtain head shots and for larger events you could even get their ancestral origin by placing a name tag on each photo in order to ensure that everybody remembers their names. Most get-togethers and family reunions are held in locations or other buildings that have Wi-Fi. Other family members may bring along some Internet Hot Spot. Whichever the case is, take advantage of the access if you have it available for you to make progress in documenting your reunion and experiences.
- Photo identification-In order to identify people in the photos you’ve uploaded make certain people not only have the ability to access them, but can tag and annotate them as well. The picture of my family reunion is a great example. I do not know everybody in the photo but the blanks can get filled by working together.
- Recording time- A video recorder together with a hand held digital audio recorder may be used in capturing individuals sharing memories and telling stories which can be cherished and preserved by future generation.
Bryce Canyon is an incredible place to have a family reunion. With just a little foresight you’ll be able to make and save memories for generations to come. The stories and photos of our ancestors may be useful in creating a connection that is useful in bridging generations. And if you’re looking for the perfect family reunion places to stay in Bryce Canyon then Zion Ponderosa Resort just down the road from Bryce
The Bristlecone Loop is reachable at southern end of the park from Rainbow point, meanders the highest point of the park, and connects through the forest at an elevation of over 9,100 feet. The trial circles on the top of the upland above the adjacent canyons. You can notice a beautiful landscape all through the trial and it takes you to bristlecone pines which are considered some of the oldest plants alive, dating back 1,800 years; this is the only park where you can find the beautiful bristlecone pine trees.
Hiking in Bryce Canyon is without a doubt one of the best things you can do here. And if you’re looking for a neutral place to stay in-between Bryce Canyon and Zion Canyon, then take a look at Zion Ponderosa. They offer some of the best cabin style amenities it all of southern Utah, and are perfectly situated to give you easy access to both parks.
The forest looks radiant with Blue Spruce, White Fir and Douglas-fir and a home for woodpeckers, grouse, owls, chipmunks and squirrels. You can also see Stiller’s Jays and Ravens in the forest. And it is home for a lot of species and animals. The trail will be closed during mid-winter season due to heavy snow. The trial will be covered with snow from 2 feet to 15 feet during this period.
- Rainbow Point Parking: Rainbow point is the starting point of the trail; you can find the parking lot at the end of the State route-63 to park your cars. From there you can reach the trail head for Yovimpa point, under the rim-trial, Rainbow point, and Riggs springs loop and finally Bristlecone Loop Trail.
- Rainbow Point: Rainbow point is located at around 9,100 feet above the canyon. The place is filled with awesome scenery of Deer Mountains, springs camping area, and Horse Mountain and other beautiful sites in Bryce Canyon.
- Bristlecone Loop: The trail offers the breathtaking view of the beautiful Canyon at the southern end through Riggs Spring Loop, Horse Hollows, Mutton, Corral and Yovimpa pass.
- Yovimpa Point: Take a good look at the Canyons below when you are walking on the trails at the Yovimpo point; you are sure experience the thrilling moments when you look down the canyons. It is located on the same plateau as Rainbow point.
- Under the Rim Trail: The parking lot is located where the Under the Rim Trail starts. The trial starts slantingly and falls on the upland, then it turns east and circles around the west before finally reaching the Agua Canyon located at the north passing.
Conclusion: Bristlecone Loop starts at a dirt fire road slope for the first 3 mi. The loop turns to single-track at the intersection at the Bonanza Trail. You can park the car from the top for the Upper Bristlecone Trail and lower bristlecone trail on Lee Canyon Rd. It is also a famous place for hikers so stay vigilant for hikers.
Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek
This weekend you have no excuse to not visit Bryce, as it is the opening week for National Parks and to celebrate they’re offering access fee free! So come on down and soak in the incredible beauty that Bryce Canyon has to offer, and only pay for your gas to get here.
Fee Free Days April 18th and 19th!
Fee Free Day: NPS