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Zion National Park

Zion National Park was our last stop, and it was the biggest park, by far. There are two main sections and in the main section, the more popular one, you have to take a shuttle system throughout most of it. It’s convenient and informative! One of the most well-known hikes there is Angel’s Landing. It’s a long climb up… a long, dangerous, and treacherous climb up. But it’s totally awesome and totally worth it.
And when you get to the top, you can eat your crappy supermarket sandwich at 1500 ft. Anything crappy ends up being super delicious.
There are a bunch of chipmunks and squirrels up there with you to be your dining companions. You’re not supposed to feed them, but a bunch of kids were feeding them sunflower seeds. Yeah, it was pretty adorable.Zion is one of the few parks where there are some facilities for food inside the actual park. We even got some soft serve.
They also don’t sell any bottled water there. Why? Because they have delicious unadultered and free spring water. So bring some refillable bottles or hydration packs and drink in some of the free nature.
There’s also a beer garden! Because you know, you can’t bond with nature unless you’re drunk?

Cafe Diablo – Torrey

When driving through most of Southern Utah, you’ll realize there really isn’t much of anything at all. Between national parks, there’s a whole lotta nothin. You may run through a small town here and there but there typically isn’t much to eat. But once in a blue moon, you’ll actually find fine dining. Cafe Diablo serves innovative southwestern cuisine in the tiny town of Torrey. The place is fairly big and colorful and there’s a large outdoor patio area where much of it is shaded. There’s no bugs here people, you definitely want to eat outside whenever you can! We stopped here for lunch so even though it was fine dining (aka expensive), everything was fairly affordable.
Here’s S’s torta de carne el carbon. It looks like a hot mess but it’s a char grilled flank steak sandwich with roasted tomatoes, onions, chimichurri, with wedge potatoes. This was really good! I wish i’d gotten this. The meat was tasty, so were the veggies, the sauce was good, everything just worked. It was a bit of a mess to eat, but that wasn’t a big deal.
I got the beef tenderloin and lettuce rolls. When I read lettuce rolls, I envisioned lettuce wrapped around stuff, but what ended up on the plate was beef tenderloin sitting on top of
shaved aged cheese sitting on top of lettuce that was filled with crisp tortilla strips, roasted corn, mild anaheim chile dressing. It was just weird and really difficult to eat. There just wasn’t any particular taste that I cared for. Since I was starving and needed fuel, it did the job, but I wasn’t all that interested in it. Better luck next time!
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Stan’s Burger Shak – Hanksville

After leaving Moab, we headed westward, and spent an evening in Hanksville. It’s a town that’s about 50 ft long. Our motel was within walking distance from Stan’s Burger Shak. In fact, our continental breakfast was there and you get a coupon for the place upon check in. With very few other options, we had to check it out. It’s attached to a gas station, so it’s handy too.
Here’s another animal head!
S was feeling a bit healthy, so she got the turkey and avocado sandwich. White bread, I love crappy white bread like this. I bet I would have liked this sandwich.
I wasn’t feeling healthy so I got a buffalo burger and onion rings. These onion rings were way overcooked so it was a crunchy mess. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like them, but really, they should have paid attention a bit more so they were cooked correctly. Did this burger taste like buffalo? I have no idea, this was my first time eating a buffalo burger. It tasted pretty much like a regular meaty burger, but maybe a tiny bit different. But it wasn’t anything offensive or even too noticeable. I liked it just fine. It was a formidable burger, considering it was attached to a gas station. When in Hanksville, be sure to visit!

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