Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 138 - Utah Rocks - The Stone Canyon Inn - For the Birds

One of the Twin Tunnels in Red Canyon back to Tropic UT

Stone Canyon Inn Sign

Western Meadowlark atop a Cedar tree

Western Tanager
Breathless and satisfied with our four-wheeling experience, we followed our first innkeeper's suggestion to check out the Bryce Canyon Pines Restaurant that we had passed on the way that had the HUGE GREEN signs outside that said "Homemade Pies and Soups."  Since it was four o-clock and we were starved, we asked for the dinner menu.  We were told they don't serve dinner until five o-clock and we had to order from the lunch menu.  The biggest thing we saw we ordered; Open-faced turkey breast and roast beef sandwiches with a side of mashed potatoes.  As we eagerly drove our first shovel of a spoon into the mashed potatoes with the respective gravies, we looked at each other simultaneously and played ink-a-dink-a-bottle-of-ink for the salt.  That was the most bland food EVER.  No taste.  I tried my "homemade soup" of tomato and noodles.  I had envisioned Campbells soup but what I got was beanless chili.  I ate it but it was just "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah."  After emptying the salt shaker, we tried their "homemade pies."  I ordered the strawberry banana pie as the waitress told us the locals come there just for this pie.  Steve ordered the Coconut Cream pie.  We each took our first bite and agreed to switch.  The edge of the pies were hard like they had been in the refrigerator for a long time.  Fresh my @ss.  Cork-fell-out-and-you-stink. 

Pronghorns
What they did have were reasonably priced postcards and wonderful books on the local wildlife which you don't see anywhere else in the world.  As we drove up to our next Bed and Breakfast, we saw Pronghorn Antelopes.  A local shop owner told us that they are now called Pronghorns as they aren't really antelopes.  As we kept driving we saw birds we have never seen before.  Black-billed Magpies that look like penguins flying when they flap their wings.  The flashes of black and white are awesome.  They loved the water sprinklers.  We saw blue mountain birds flying for cover in the cedar trees on the dirt road up to the Stone Canyon Inn.  When we arrived we first noticed a backhoe doing construction work driven by a woman!  I think I said something like "Rock On Girl!" The right thing to do is to support anyone who does something non-traditionally as they are the pioneers of our day.  People in the future will look back and eventually think, what was the big deal if we do this.

The Stone Canyon Inn was built by Dixie and Mike in 2000 after selling their home and buying 80 acres in Tropic Utah and building this Inn and a few other smaller cabins for your comfort.  They had traveled to the area and wanted to build a place to stay for others fall in love with the views they had seen when visiting there.  When you enter the Inn, you see their Stone Canyon Inn Logo on the floor built with different color marble encompassed by the stone from the area.  It is absolutely stunning.

Our room was grand and our hosts helpful and friendly.  They have  a bird feeder out front so that you can enjoy the local birds.  As we checked in we were greeted also by the female driver of the construction equipment who apologized for the noise outside.  Steve told her it was no problem and it usually takes longer than two minutes to piss us off.  She jokingly asked, "What you need more time, maybe fifteen minutes?"  This was Dana and we later met Amy who also was out there building a pool for the guests to look at from the balcony made of the huge rocks native to the area.  They became our "rocks" during this visit and we have made life long friends. Birds of a feather, truly flock together even if they may be thousand miles apart at times.  Enjoy this view, it speaks for itself.

Black-Billed Magpie (Photo by Bryant Olsen Fool on the Hill Flicker)

Mountain Bluebird (Bryant Olsen)

Stone Canyon Inn

The view from one of the cabins

The view from the Balcony

Sunset

House, Purple and Cassin Finches (16 of them eat at the feeders in front)

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. ~ Mae West

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