Day 19 – June 6, 2024 – Springdale, UT to Cannonville, UT

Day 19 – June 6, 2024 – Springdale, UT to Cannonville, UT

This morning, we got things packed up and headed out of Zion around 10 a.m. It was a great trip and we really enjoyed it! We hit the local grocery store for a few supplies as in Cannonville, there is not much around us. The drive to Bryce Canyon is about a 2 ½ drive but we took the scenic route, Route 12, as we could not check in until 4 p.m.

We took the Mt. Carmel highway out of Zion, then 89 North, then picked up Scenic Byway 143 to Panguitch, back on 89 for a short bit, then on Scenic Byway 12 to Bryce. We still had time to kill, so stayed on 12 and went through Henrieville, Escalante, and up to Boulder. (Yes, there’s a Boulder, UT) We stopped along the way and grabbed some pictures.

In Boulder, we found a wonderful little oasis of a place to eat for dinner called Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm. The food reminded us of what we used to eat at Chef and The Farmer back in Kinston. We had a delightful waitress, Chloee, and she took great care of us. We ordered a bottle of wine and the started off with their biscuits that came with sage butter and crabapple jam. YUMMY! The jam was tart with a little bit of sweetness to it and the butter was very creamy. I ventured out and tried their dinner special of Goat Sloppy Joe Dinner Pie. It was like a pot pie with a wonderful crust. It had local, grass-fed goat, a nice tomato sauce with carrots, onions, celery, fennel, roasted red peppers and served over whipped potatoes and served with a mixed green salad. I’ve never had goat before, but it was so good! I could only eat half, so we have some leftovers for tomorrow. John had the Frisky Creek Trout with a crispy skin-on and tarragon shallot butter, lemon parsley rice and an arugula & shaved fennel salad with orange, basil vinaigrette.  For dessert, we had the Cherry Rose Panna Cotta and oh my!!!!!! It was so creamy with just a hint of sweetness and presented so beautifully. John had a grappa, and I had a port to finish off with desert.

We packed up the rest of our wine and my leftovers and headed back to Cannonville, which is about a 20 minute drive to Bryce, to our BNB. The drive back takes about an hour and fifteen minutes and that’s because you are going through the mountains, and you have to go slow. The meal was well worth it! We sat out back and watched as the sun went down and looked up at the starts. There had been some clouds earlier so there weren’t as many as we were expecting, so hopefully tomorrow night will be clearer.

Tomorrow, we have a couple of hikes planned and to get the lay of the land. Nite all!

Our final goodbye to the coffee store below our BNB.
Not sure what happened, but this little guy was just sitting on the rocks chirping. It finally moved on, but I’m wondered if it was either a baby or if it was injured.
Heading into the tunnel.
One of the “windows” that are cut into the tunnel. I took pictures when we first came in to Zion of them after we had gone through.
We stopped in Mt. Carmel to get some ice for the coolers and I had to take a shot of this, lol!
The history of the reservoir of Navajo Lake in the Dixie National Forest.
Yes, those are piles of snow!
Loved the contrast of the different colors of the trees.
Two of the many hoo-doos we saw.
Our hidden treasure – Hell’s Backbone Grill
My equivalent of a goat pot pie.
John’s trout
This was AMAZING! The flowers were edible too.
On our way back to Cannonville.
I love this pic. It’s taken on the back porch of our BNB as the sun is starting to set. Love the contrast of the different colors of sand/rock.
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