This is Monday, October 26, 2015!
Day 5 of our Utah road trip, and the last leg of our journey through the beautiful state before returning home. We did some minor hiking, goat watching, gem hunting, and over six hours of driving through three states.
Good morning from a little cabin room at the sweetest bed & breakfast in Zion!
It’s the sweetest!
Washing face and doing bathroom things
One of us is a morning person (it was also quite chilly in there and I was already sweatered up)
Blue light outside
What’s that face? Not certain. But ready to go!
The cute catfish on our door!
WOW! We arrived late the night before…I did NOT realize we were amongst the beautiful red rock already! Such a lovely surprise in the morning.
Under the Eaves Inn, originally a home built in 1931.
Here’s the inn in relationship to the surrounding area.
Walked over to the main house to scout out some coffee
So cute inside!
Old school thermometer
We got the info for where to find the free breakfast that comes with the stay at the Inn.
Walked down just a bit and found Oscar’s Cafe
We got the Green Chili Horseshoe, ’twas soooo delicious.
Back to our little cabin to pack up and get ready to explore the trails
Just have to organize this chaos
Packing up the car
At this point we’re on the 5th day of our road trip, so the car has taken quite the lived-in beating.
Chasing the sunlight into the canyon
The sun rising above the peaks
Making our way towards the Canyon Overlook Trail, recommended to us by the Innkeepers.
Spotlight on the tree
Traveling through the mountain
Wow nature is good at stairs
Here we go!
So many red rocks!
Snake tree truck
This trail has a lot of little overhangs and this awesome cave
Becoming a rock
Ready to see the view?
It only took about 40 minutes with minimum uphill gain, it almost felt like we were cheating to get such a great view with such an easy hike.
Another ranger on the route
Thankfully the breeze wasn’t too strong. If you look down over the railing, you might see a goat like we did!
Glare too strong!
On the way back down
I recommend doing this trail kind of early, it gets busy because it’s popular and on the easier side.
Back to the parking lot…when…
We saw this amazing family of goats watching over the road.
The little map that Zion park rangers give you when you enter, shows all the trails in a hiking guide. So many I want to come back to try!
Back through the dark, scary tunnel
A view through the window cut in the side of the mountain
That arch, I believe, is where we were standing to look over the Canyon at the top of the trail
We wanted to do one more quick trail, but they closed the main road through because there were too many cars. 😦
We did the next best thing…gem and rock hunting!
Big trays of colored glass
I only assume that the mallet is for crushing rocks?
So many colors, so many flavors, like a weird inedible icecream shop
Little cannonball things
Copper! I loveeee these strange organic shapes.
I found some rose quartz and attempted to find the prettiest, yet affordable piece to get for Kiki who requested it
Mission accomplished with store #1, did get the rose quartz!
We went to a “trading post” slash shop called Frontier Plunder.
It’s a large assortment of Mexican and Native American folk art and crafts, and random junk like…old rides from in front of a grocery shop? and like old photographs? It’s like a big vintage shop.
They have a kitty there named Tigre
Lots and lots to look at
No shortage of dolls
A little way down the road was another rock and gem shop, had to check it out
Zach got a little piece of green calcite. It has a kind of slimy texture…but Zach felt a connection to it.
We were starving, so we stopped at this restaurant that used to be a gas station, called Whiptail Grill.
I was starting to get a bit stressed about a call I had for work. Did a bit of Getty work while we ate and we were flip flopping between staying around Zion to take my work call, or doing it on the road…
Decided on working at this little coffee shop we passed, since I was nervous about signal being an issue on the road.
Getting the coffees while I secure the seating upstairs
Beautiful deck area with a gorgeous view of the red rock
Ice coffee yes please
I felt like I disturbed the other folks working up there so I went down to a quieter place to take the call.
Did some doodling while the call finished up
Pretty sure I got a face burn and sweated through my jacket
Finally time to hit the road!
It’s my turn to drive
Eeeeh not bad (considering we’ll arrive in LA time, aka an hour earlier)
“NO, take a picture of the OUTSIDE it’s pretty.”
HOW could we pass up pulling over for this lil’ carnival of a land “Fort Zion”
Saw this, I knew immediately what I had to do
This is where you get cowboy hats, fyi. Also there’s a Zion Werewolf.
He’s ready to tell you a fortune.
An extra $1 for three carrots? Better pricing than LA!
“Be careful of the white alpaca.”
Alright, let’s pee and get the heck out of here.
Passing through Vegas!
Stoppin’ off at Whiskey Pete’s for gas
*Was sleeping face*
Got these shitty bottle openers cuz VEGAS
Slippin’ into my comfy shoes
And happily taking the passenger seat
Levelin’ up my pokemon across state lines
Officially made it to California!
City lights in the distance
“Are we home?”
Made it! Just after 10.
PUPPPPIES!!!! Missed you.
My glorious Sufi Tweedy pumpkin made in collab with Kiki and Marie totally rotted!!!! What the heck. I faced my fear of mold and threw it out.
Full of pee
Yeah, Tweedy really needs a haircut.
Going to unpack NOW or never.
Kiki’s quartz set out for her to retrieve
Had some Getty work to finish up
While the pups watched
Went over to the kitchen and SURPRISE somebody was making ramen
Eczema flared hard on the legs while in the cold weather
Snuck in an episode of Face Off
While Zeen souped it up.
Got my pups around I’m ready for bed.
Almost 1 am…goodnight world.
From Utah to Los Angeles, I’m pooped!
Much love friends.