Tourist In My Own Town

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".


Amanda said...

It looks like you had an amazing time! You guys are too cute. And that llama photo is so wonderful! And I love pick your own "insert super yummy fruit here" places! I've been dying to get some peach picking done this year, hopefully it happens so I can use them in some pies for the wedding!

Ketrin Jones said...

How fun!! I've never been to an orchid. definitely on my list of things to do! I love being a tourist in my own town (austin tx). On paydays Tiel and I hop in the car and go to some new dive that we have never been to in Austin. It's fun and always keeps us feeling like tourist.

Have a great week girl :)

Ann. said...

looks like a really fun day! especially the apple picking :)

Emily said...

what! is this real life?! pick your own apples, wash them at the cutest little apple washing sink ever and then eat homemade prickly pear ice cream? how freakin awesome. i've loved seeing your hiking pics on instagram, can't wait to see more tomorrow!

Felicia said...

This looks like so much fun Gentri! It is a goal of mine to visit Zion National Park! We are planning to take a roadtrip to Sedona in a few weeks for my bday and we want to stop in Zion! We just need to find someone to feed our kitten :)

Emily Elizabeth said...

Oh, man. You live in such a cool area, I'd be out there exploring all the time. Love all these photos, and though Fort Zion was a tourist trap, it seems freaking awesome. Love it!

♥ Em

Maria DaintyandDecadent said...

Apple picking has to be the cutest thing to do ever! I need to see if there are any around me :-)

Julie A. said...

Haha. Jon and I totally stopped at that tourist trap after visiting Zion's!!

bailey k. said...

All so lovely! Your town is the cutest. Great photos!

Please come link this post up to 'The Places You'll Go' Travel Party on my blog. It's all about experiencing places, even if those places are right next door! :)


Kaycie Eddie said...

Hahaha I totally have a picture by the indian statue guy, too! St. George is the best. I can't wait to hear about the hike! I think it looks awesome, but looks pretty dang scary!!

Denise said...

And just when I stopped being homesick... you posted these pictures! Sigh

Tere Shake said...

so fun! that pizza looks bomb. i think that when you live in amazing area like our you take it for granted. i need a day like this to go and enjoy the things around us!

thanks girl.

Elsha Bodily said...

Llama! Gentri, you live in a rad place! And I just had a conversation about Navajo Tacos...I told someone I was having Indian food for lunch and they said "Navajo Tacos?" Not that indian but it made me laugh when I read this post right after:)

Looks like oh so much fun! And that pizza...mmmmm :)

Lulu said...

I LOVE this post! A proper little tour (which I always love, being a little bit obsesses with the U.S of A!) apples - LOVE, (apple washing station is just too amazing!) Pizza - LOVE! xxx

Nada Diaa said...

love the pictures <3



Treasure Tromp said...

this looks like a fantastic time!

Shaylynn... I blahwg It's True. said...

Girl, I so wish I had known ya'll were going that day. But you wouldn't have been able to sleep in or stop anywhere because my friend was on a deadline.

So good to see you. Crazy, small, wonderful world.

Rolled Up Pretty said...

You look like you had a blast Gentri!

jennifer lane designs said...

that place looks like a BLAST! i would have totally stopped there if i saw it.

Lauren Cooper said...

OOOK this looks SO fun! And lets be honest you look adorable ALWAYS! & send me one of those pizzas please. Im Staaaaaving!

Hima said...

Pshh, you look fine! Isn't that what hiking is for? Getting sweaty and loving nature!? :) That looks like a TON of fun, especially all the food stops! I think I may come to Utah just to do all the hikes you've mentioned on your blog!


Beckie said...

Oh my goodness I love this post! It's soo great that you can be touristy in your own town! I could probably take a whack at something like around here but it wouldn't be nearly as awesome as yours turned out to be.

I love the apple farm--so fun! It makes me think of Wizard of Oz definitely (even though your apples are green...) And such a gorgeous location!

Tourist traps are awesome. I love this place even though I've never been there. It looks like it's got just so much to do and see. Very cool! (And the prickly pears made me think of Jungle Book where Baloo is teaching Mogli about living in the wild and all.) : ] I'm also pretty jealous you got to see llamas. That's one farm animal I have never seen in person I don't think. They look so sweet : ]

I'm so happy you got to do so many of the things you had been wanting to do in Southern Utah. Hooray! Can't wait to see the pics from the hike tomorrow!

Laurie said...

looks like fun! i just went apple picking recently too!

Lindsey Marlor said...

such a cute little town!

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