For months now, my friend Kesley and I have been planning to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park. I'll post about the actual hike tomorrow, it was awesome.
Today, I'm going to post about all of the other amazing things we did. I love being a tourist, even if it's in my own town, and I don't care who knows it.
On the way into the park, we noticed this "Natural Foods" cafe that had a sign which read "Pick your own apples". We made it a goal to stop there on the way home.
just an fyi... I had just done a huge hike, woke up late, and am living out of a very messy suitcase. I don't look awesome in these. I'm ok with it, so just lower your expectations a bit. this is no fashion post.
We pulled in, grabbed a bag, and found out where the best apples are kept.
I wanted to make sure that I was picking the ripest apples, so I took a test bite... and then 5 more. These apples are DELICIOUS! You can tell by the look on my face.
see? told ya, I look scary
We took our time wandering through the orchard and filled our bags. Then we paid and sat on a picnic bench to enjoy some.
They even had an apple washing station.
Another place we had seen on the way in was "Fort Zion". It's a tourist trap if I ever saw one... and it worked on us.
We loved all of the replica western buildings.
he's not real, fyi. You know, in case you missed the fact that he's on a stand.
In this fort, they had homemade ice cream. You all know my love for ice cream. One of their flavors is particularly special. Prickly Pear Cactus. It's pretty good! Like, tangy sherbet.
While I enjoyed the sample, I stuck with my favorite and predictable, mint chocolate chip. Kelsey fell in love with the prickly pear though.
See those purple things? Those are the prickly pears!
Then we grabbed some of the carrots they offer and headed out to the petting zoo. These animals were awesome! Ponies, llamas, some chickens, and a donkey.
Had to walk through the saloon doors, of course.
She was getting a little too crazy, so she needed to spend some time behind bars.
A few months ago I had passed this wood fired pizza stand and had always wanted to try it. Well, on our way back into town, there it was. So we flipped around and ordered ourselves some pizza.
So, yes, every stop involved food. But we had just done a very good hike, and I was able to cross off a bunch of things on my "Southern Utah Life To-Do List".