We don’t actually have a sunset here ….

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One of the more common questions we would get at Bryce Canyon was “What time is sunset?” Alan would just answer the question and leave it at that. I on the other hand, couldn’t leave it so easily and the conversation would go something like this …

Visitor: Can you tell me what time sunset is tonight?
Me: Let me see. Is today Wednesday? (I constantly lost track of the day of the week.)
Visitor: Thank you.
Me: Where were you planning on going?
Visitor: Sunset Point, of course. Isn’t that the best place?
Me: Well, actually we are an East-facing canyon (with a Price is Right model-like wave towards the East) and don’t have a real sunset.
Visitor: Oh.
Visitor: Then why do they call it Sunset Point?
Me: It’s been called that forever.
Me: The canyon is pretty around sunset with the shadows but you should get there earlier.
Me: You should think about getting up for sunrise. It is really beautiful.
Visitor: Should I go to Sunrise Point?
Me: Well, you can. Sunrise is beautiful anywhere along the rim but Bryce Point is probably the best.

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This actual conversation happened at least 50 times.

I did get up for sunrise once, when my Mom and Motor Maid Nancy stopped by for a visit. We went to Bryce Point. It was beautiful!

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