Our uneventful day full of sightseeing and hiking through the Zion Canyon Park drew to a close in the late afternoon and we decided not to repeat the Golden Hills Restaurant dining experience by trying to find a motel closer to Bryce Canyon. We stop in Hatch, Utah at The Riverside Inn, a AAA rated motel, to find they have only one room available. The owner digs out his phone book and gives us several decent motels in the area we can call, even loaning us his phone to call them. How many motels have you ever stopped at would do that for you? If I'm ever back in that area, that's the first place I'll be trying to stay. After checking into the Mountain Harvest Motel for the night, we head back to the Riverside Inn where they also run the Cactus Cowboy Restaurant. We walk into the restaurant to see several cardboard cutouts of famous cowboys: Roy Rogers with Dale Evans, John Wayne, Gene Autrey, and Tex Ritter. The tables all have baseball-like movie cards under the glass top with cowboy movies like High Noon with Gary Cooper and Belle Starr with Randolph Scott. I end up ordering the first Bison Burger I've ever had which turns out to be very good.
The motel was comfortable and we all got a decent night sleep after making a joke of checking both of our alarm clocks to see that they were not
set to go off at a before the sun wakes up time of the early AM morning.( Collapse )
More pictures of Bryce Canyon can be seen here.
Realizing that we're going to pass by the Mountain Harvest Motel where we stayed last night in order to get to the Grand Canyon North Rim, we call them up to see if we can get the rooms we had last night. Yes we can but the price she quotes us is much higher than what we paid yesterday! "Why?" you ask. It seems that Lisa, who knew we were calling from the Riverside Inn gave us the rooms for the same price that the Riverside charges. You'd think that they'd be happy to fill the rooms instead of having them left vaant for the night but, no, they were going to be talking to her about this and would we like the rooms or not. No thanks.
We went into Panguitch and stayed the night there. Mountain Harvest will not be getting any repeat business from us. Do you think we're being unreasonable? We weren't expecting to find a motel before Panguitch anyway, just happening to luck into the Riverside Inn who directed us to Mountain Harvest Motel.