Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1937 Vintage Road Trip Scrapbook, Part 10 - Bryce Canyon, Utah

Part 10 - Bryce Canyon

After staying in Salt Lake City, our road warriors, the Johnsons, continue their journey through Utah. I'm presenting the next few pages in the order they appear in the scrapbook, though I'm not sure if it's the order in which they actually traveled; they went to Bryce Canyon, Zion, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and though the scrapbook pages for the Grand Canyon come after Bryce, the motor vehicle pass they're issued is dated June 25 for Bryce, and June 24 for the Grand Canyon. This entry is dedicated, however, to their jaunt through Bryce canyon

The sites the Johnsons saw on these next few days were surely amazing. Just looking at the colorful postcards below can attest to that. As of this writing, I haven't visited this region of the U.S., but these scrapbook pages make me hunger to go.

The first page of this series contains their vehicle pass, windshield sticker (I assume) and info provided by the US Dept of the Interior.

Here's a close-up of the vehicle pass, complete with date (6/25/37) and license plate number, as well as what I believe was a windshield decal.

Next was a page full of four gorgeous postcards. I photographed the page in two parts to provide some more detail.

Also included was a 24-page booklet, still in wonderful condition, of Zion and Bryce National Parks.

Pasted inside the front cover of the above booklet was this postcard:

'Temple of Osiris, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah'
The Johnsons stayed in Parry Lodge, located in Kanab, Utah, for the night. The lodge still operates to this day. According to their website, it was a popular place with movie actors. The surrounding areas provided backdrops for many movies and television shows.

Parry Lodge pamphlet
Here's a modern photo of the place:

Though the lodge looks much like it did back in 1937, I'm guessing the prices have changed a bit:

Prices from inside the Parry Lodge pamphlet, circa 1937
Perhaps by this time, Joan and Marilyn were wearying of all the time on the road, and I bet the temperatures were warmer than they were used to back in Minnesota. But just imagine all of the great scenery they soaked in...that had to be awe inspiring.

Next up, the Johnsons take on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!

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