Two weekends ago, Gabriel booked a cute little motel on Main Street in Panguitch, Utah and we spent our 7 year wedding anniversary in Bryce Canyon.
We love to celebrate any occasion, and find no better reason to celebrate then the day we got married! We have a tradition of always planning an adventure when August 1st marks the calendar. One year we were rained out on our camping adventure to Mt. Hebo, (we owned a leaky tent) so we brought the party indoors to a vacant apartment in our complex. We set up our sleeping bags and roasted marshmallows over our camping stove. Sadly, we didn’t have a working camera that year, but trust me, it was a fun unique anniversary.
Panguitch is a cute, little, lesser known town about 20 miles outside of the Canyon. The town is riddled with wood cutouts of horses and cowboys/girls, so naturally, we couldn’t resist.
Bryce Canyon is breathtaking! We were able to hike down into the canyon, where you see the grouping of trees in the above picture, along the Navajo Loop. We also hiked along the rim of the canyon, up to Inspiration Point where we were able to witness a panoramic view of the hoodoos from a birds eye perspective. And on Fairyland Loop, we hiked eye level with the hoodoos and perched ourselves atop them staring down the chasms and fissures below us.
We had made it across the waterfall and over the embankment, and we were just a few steps from safety when I tripped-spilling the camera out of the bag and watching, mouth agape, hearing Gabriel gasp in slow motion, as the camera tumbled, rolling down the rocky hill and into the water becoming completely submerged, as more water rushed around and likely through it.
If this happens to you: Immediately remove the batteries and SD memory card; there will also be a small backup battery, remove that as well. Unfasten any opening, such as, flash, battery case, lens, etc. Shake any remaining water loose, and leave the camera resting lens up-you want all water to drain away from the lens. If you are at home, use a hair dryer periodically for the next few days, to blow air into the camera to flush out any remaining water. By doing this, you are giving your camera a remote chance of surviving this untimely disaster.
Our only option was to do the above, and hope the hot dessert air and baking temperatures in the car would help the water evaporate. When we arrived home much later that evening, we put the SD card in rice, and began with the hair dryer technique. Two days later we felt safe enough to replace the batteries and have a go at turning it on… success.
Despite this incident we had a wonderful time.
In Old Town Bryce Canyon, there are a number of cute little shoppes selling gifts, collectibles, and treasures. They even have an adorable old town parlor serving sugar cones topped with heaping scoops of ice cream. They had interesting fun flavors I’d never heard of, cherry chocolate chip, bear tracks, and pink almond. Instinctively, I came home to create my own unknown flavor:
Sweet Pecan Ice Cream
Ice Cream Base:
Melt 4 oz. cream cheese, ⅔ cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan
⅔ cup white sugar
⅔ cup pecans, finely ground
3 cups whipping cream
2 cups half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla
Cook on low, and bring to a boil
While heating, temper 4 egg yolks and whisk into cream mixture
Cook until mixture coats the back of a spoon
Transfer to a mixing bowl, and let cool in fridge
While cooling, slice and quarter two 8oz. pecan logs
Place quarters in freezer to firm
When ice cream base has chilled, add pieces of pecan log into cream mixture
Churn according to ice cream maker instructions
This ice cream is reminiscent of butter pecan, but with the addition of pieces of sweet log with rich candy fondant and buttery caramel, it is creamy, soothing and so very tasty.
I made this ice cream whilst my camera was drying out-and no I couldn’t save any until my camera started working!
What is your favorite ice cream?