There is no better way to start a day then A 90 minute hike through the puppy-friendly trails (trail, actually, only 1 is puppy friendly) of beautiful Zion National Park. Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe this southwestern slice of heaven. See for yourself:
It was about 50 degrees, (cold for my LA blood), so we bundled up in layers of comfy clothes and headed out.
The highlight, however was Abra innocently plummeting to the ground during one of our video segments. It was one of those moments where you laugh hysterically first, then ask, “omg, are you okay?”, only to laugh more. Hahaha! I am happy to report, she is okay and asked first, “did you get that on camera?”
After our hike, we headed out to grab our complimentary breakfast vouchers from the hotel only to find we were late by 15 minutes! This put a bit of a dent in our daily budget but it kept us in reality considering this probably happens to travelers all the time. We walked over to Oscars breakfast joint down the street and decided on a fresh vegetable omelet with avocado and salsa that was big enough to split in half. (in tourist areas, the restaurants usually offer larger portions of their most popular items). This held us over for a few more hours, and was yet another reminder that we had to prepare better.
We were hoping to find some more provisions on the road today and happened to stumble upon 2 gems:
The first was local buffalo jerky from this place:
We were actually pretty excited about it and it was the perfect car snack (albeit a bit high in sodium, but made on premises with all fresh ingredients), kept my energy soaring while I drove my modest little Ford Escape through the gale winds of central Utah.
Abra nearly split a rib with excitement when she saw this sign… 5 bucks for a small jar of homemade prickly pear cactus jelly. Known for it’s anti inflammatory properties and high content of flavanoids AND local, local, local! Yay, major win for our drive today. Not sure how we are going to use it yet but I am sure Abra will come up with something.
When we pulled into our humble abode for the night we knew we were in for something special. Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, Utah is but up against the Colorado River with views that bring a tear to your eye. We were hoping to stay in a teepee for the night, but alas they have been taken down for the season.
Regardless, we were super excited to arrive and even more excited when we spotted this sticker on the front door:
Unfortunately, all of our excitement came to a screeching halt when Abra had a conversation with the restaurant hostess. As it turns out (and I will let Abra get into detail at a later time about this because she was heated!) the restaurant was unclear if any of there food was indeed local because sometimes they get a few things from a farm down the street, and sometimes they get local beef… but… well… but most likely it wasn’t because… well… for some obvious reasons (like growing season) there were not many local vegetables, and because they had no system of knowing when they were getting local beef and when it was coming from the standard restaurant supply company, Cisco…and…well…actually all their food came from Cisco, and they did not offer organic. Abra walked out (I told you she was heated) and I ordered us one trout entree w steamed veggies and a sweet potato, and 1 large mixed salad. Honestly, the food was not good, but it still was on the “healthy” side, if not up to our standards. The moral of the story is, false advertising upsets Abra.
As for the budget… we are actually right on track.
We used yesterday’s surplus of $9.17 which bumped our daily allowance up to $68.60
Snack – buffalo jerky and cactus jelly $18.00
Water – $3.00
Dinner – $29.70
TOTAL = Surplus of $.96
Tomorrow is a LONG driving day to the tune of 12 hours, I promised Abra we would find something organic and uber-healthy on the road tomorrow so will all the healthy gods work a little magic? I’m not sure I can take another non-organic melt down like today!
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