This blog comes to you from Cowboy’s Buffet and Steak Room at Ruby’s Inn, a frightening multiplex of fudgi-ness: gift shop, post office, grocery, dinner-and-a-show, souvenir shop, three restaurants, cabins, car rental, liquor store, laundromat, foreign currency exchange, art gallery, and RV park.
Here’s what we know about Utah and liquor: it’s illegal to sell alcohol without food. So we sit in this hilarious place with Dudley’s 4% beer (‘full strength’ can only be purchased from state liquor stores) and our weird salads.
Utah, despite its liquor laws, just keeps getting better and better. First light found us back in the van screaming down scenic highway 12. On the advice of our Moab camp host, we made a beeline for Red Canyon Campground. What a find! Quiet, private, with a wonderful view of steep red cliffs.
Although Bryce is packed with people and busses, we eluded them by taking one of the longer hikes available. We were rewarded with few people and other-worldy, pastel monoliths called ‘hoodoos.’ Best hike of the trip so far!