Sangria loaded with fruit, a frosty beer, perfectly grilled brussels sprouts with mango chutney, super spicy hummus, fresh veggies and piping hot pita triangles. Those items created the best food experience we had during our time in Utah. We enjoyed it on a sunny patio in the Xetava Gardens Restaurant in the Coyote Gulch Art Village just a few miles from St. George, Utah.
Our lodging just outside the community of Veyo, Utah
I had really hoped we could go to Bryce Canyon our last day in Utah but it was a six-hour round trip from our unique rented casita high in the hills and we figured that was too much driving just before we began a long seventeen hour plane journey back to Winnipeg.
Free Spirit by Georgia Johnson
So……….we had a more laid back day in and around St. George and it turned out to be lovely. After a good breakfast at a restaurant called The Egg and I Dave spent the morning clothes shopping while I explored some of the unique public art in downtown St. George and popped into the local art gallery.
Giant Spider by Deverin Farley
Flight Time by Gary Lee Price
Opening 1 by Christopher Thomson
Then we were off to explore the Coyote Gulch Art Village in Ivins. We strolled through all the shops looking at the work of local artists and enjoying some of the unique outdoor pieces as well.
Artist Aimee Bonham has created a chalk drawing that makes it look like you are standing on top of a giant rock arch
Dave sits among a collection of wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker
Then we sat in the sun savoring our delicious lunch for a long while. It turned out to be one of our nicest days in Utah weather wise. During our ten days in Utah the weather was sometimes warmer in Winnipeg than it was there.
We headed next for a leisurely drive through Snow Canyon State Park and stopped to hike the Jenny’s Canyon Trail.
The trail had this long narrow cave you could walk back into
It was so beautiful and we were all alone on the trail. It was incredibly quiet and peaceful and the scenery was spectacular.
Dave at the very back of the rock tunnel
The day before we had hiked at Zion National Park. Although it is an amazing natural wonder the paths and rest areas and parking lots were jam-packed with people and that made for a very different experience.
The climb down from Jenny’s Canyon was a little steep so I took my time. Dave of course jogged down and took this picture of me way up top.
The Jenny’s Canyon Trail was just perfect!
Then we headed home again to our little casita where we drank wine, ate chocolate and watched a compelling if not slightly sad and macabre film on Netflix called The Kindergarten Teacher in which Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a stunning performance.
We had a lovely last day in Utah.
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