As the sun rises higher behind the clouds, we decide to move on to Inspiration Point. The scene here is a little more interesting, but the light is still dull and flat and, with a busload of young Japanese tourists headed our way, we decide not to linger.
We find what we are looking for at Fairyland Point.
We start off with a brief rain shower, which slowly gives way to brilliant sunshine and a fantastic, multi-hued scene. Best of all, we have it to ourselves, as the other visitors leave soon after the misty rain passes through and the one visitor to arrive during the (literally) two minutes of perfect light takes his three pictures and immediately leaves again. (Guerrilla photography?)
So we have this amazing place all to ourselves as we hike down into the canyon for a closer look at the hoodoos and the plants and squirrels that call them home.