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Old 09-30-2017, 09:30 AM   #15
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We stopped in Mesquite, Nevada for some lunch.

IMG_7398 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7399 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

We both got taco salads. I got mine in a bowl, Jeff got his in the tortilla bowl. They were both very good and really hit the spot!

We were right on the border of Arizona and Nevada so there was a visitor’s center at this exit. So after lunch we decided to stop in there and have a look around. And as long as we were doing the visitor’s center we’d decided we’d use their bathrooms. But when we got there it was closed. Maybe because it was Sunday? Who knows? So we continued on. We drove through a corner of Arizona and soon were in Utah. They had a visitor’s center as well, so we got off the highway and followed signs. It was a bit of a maze to get to, and we ended up finding out the visitor’s center was part of the Rosenbruch World Wildlife Museum. Hmm. Well as long as they had a restroom we didn’t care. But after we parked and went to the door, we found out it was closed as well. Grrrr. By this point we really needed to use the restrooms! We ended up going down the street to a Cracker Barrel to use the restrooms there.

Back on the highway…the scenery in Utah is beautiful! Before we even got into Zion National Park I was snapping photos.

IMG_7402 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7404 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7416 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7419 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7425 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7426 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7429 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7434 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7440 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7451 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7452 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7454 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7466 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

Then we got to the park.

IMG_7470 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7471 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

And more beautiful scenery…

IMG_7480 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7481 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7486 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7488 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7489 (427x640) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

The driving was crazy scary going through a series of switchbacks. And then a mile long tunnel which goes under a mountain.

IMG_7494 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7500 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7509 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

We stopped at a little corner store to buy some water and ended up getting a Zion NP magnet. Jeff posed with this old clunker that was sitting outside the store.

IMG_7515 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

Getting close to Bryce…

IMG_7519 (427x640) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7521 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7523 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

We arrived at the Bryce Canyon Pines Hotel at 5:20. Months in advance, we tried to get into one of the hotels that are closer to the park but they were full. Then we found Bryce Canyon Pines and they had an available cottage so we took that. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but we couldn’t have been happier. It was a nice size room with a king bed, it had a decent vanity area and bathroom and a refrigerator! And an awesome view!

IMG_7527 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7528 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7530 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

Our cabin is the last one of the four.

IMG_7549 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

We got settled in the room and went to the Pines restaurant for dinner.

IMG_7547 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_7548 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

It is advertised as a favorite among locals and I can believe it! We gave our name and were told it would be a 25 minute wait. It was packed! But we obviously had no other plans, so we didn’t mind the wait. When we were seated they brought a large carafe of ice water. This was something that continued at many of the places we dined. What a great touch! I had a chef salad and Jeff had an elk burger and coleslaw. For dessert Jeff opted to get their specialty, sour cream raisin pie. The waitress raved about it, but Jeff thought it was just ok. He probably wouldn’t get it again.

IMG_7532 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

The only Gluten Free item was ice cream so I ordered that with chocolate sauce. OMG. Look what showed up! Jeff had to help me finish it.

IMG_7533 (427x640) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

We were back in the room for the night by 7:30. I think we were settled in for the night by 8:30. It had been a long day especially with the three hour time difference.

Next - What a spectacular sight!
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