We have been asked some great questions about our 21-day, 3,000 mile summer road trip (late June to July), so we thought we’d put together a synopsis of where we been trippin’.

This summary is broken into five different categories by day. The categories are:
1. Quality Time With Sky = where we traveled to via our car and the route we took.
2. Note = A quick blurb about the highlights of the day.
3. Nom Nom = what we ate
4. Keeping Busy = what we explored, otherwise known as the itinerary
5. Zzzzzzzz = where we snoozed

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DAY 1
Quality Time With Sky:
Riverside, California to Las Vegas, Nevada
Route: I-215 N to I-15 N

Note: We started our road trip one day early. Originally, we were going to drive from San Diego, California straight to Mesquite, Nevada.

Nom Nom:
(Dinner) at Peggy Sue’s ’50s diner in Yermo, California – a kitschy place with a fun vibe and a big menu.  We ordered two burgers, rated them a “3,” which can be reviewed on our burger ranking page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Keeping Busy (in Yermo):

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Four Queens – clean and comfortable room, nothing fancy. – [$24 for the night]

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DAY 2
Quality Time With Sky:
Las Vegas, Nevada to Mesquite, Nevada
Route: I-15 N

Note: We managed to contain our excitement with all Mesquite had to offer.  The most excitement in Mesquite is Wal-mart unless you really want to camp out at one of the small casinos, but Vegas is better.

Nom Nom:
(Lunch) at Grind Burgers in Las Vegas, California – great burgers averaging $9. We gave this burger a “9” on our burger rankings page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Smoke Shack in Mesquite, Nevada. Pretty descent grub.  Lunch specials are a great value. They are located at 490 W Mesquite Blvd., Mesquite, NV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Las Vegas):

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
The Casablanca Casino and Hotel in Mesquite, Nevada  – clean and comfortable, nothing fancy. – [$42 for the night]

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DAY 3
Quality Time With Sky:
Mesquite, Nevada to Provo, Utah
Route: I-15 N to UT-9 to US-89 to UT-12 to US-89 to I-15 to US-189 

Note: Things get seriously pretty as soon as we cross through Arizona and into St. George. We drove through Zion National Park and alongside Bryce Canyon and is some of the most beautiful land we have ever seen. Our route consisted of taking lesser-used highways through forests heading into Provo.

Nom Nom:
(Dinner) at J Dawgs in Provo, Utah– Incredible Polish dogs. As John stated in a post, “Best dog he ever ate!” – a giant dog is $3, sodas and chips are a $1 each!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Utah):
Drove through National Parks and Forests topless (Sky’s top) – roughly 11 hours and loved EVERY minute!  We bought a National Park Pass for $80 that is good for one year.  The pass gets us into all the national parks.  The only place along our route on Day 3 that cost anything to drive through was Zion National Park, which would have cost $25.00 if we hadn’t opted for the pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:

Days Inn in Provo, Utah – clean and comfortable, nothing fancy – did provide breakfast (cereals and breads). – [$58 for the night]

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DAY 4
Quality Time With Sky:
Provo, Utah to Salt Lake City, Utah
Route: I-15 

Woke up in Provo to a cool sight.


Note: A short drive. No big goals for the morning and afternoon.  In the evening, we hooked up with a friend, Jennaefer, who I hadn’t seen since my high school graduation in 1989.  She showed us a couple of cool historical sites and then shared some ancient history by watching The Breakfast Club with us at a Salt Lake City old-school theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nom Nom:

(Lunch) at Sushi Groove in Salt Lake City, Utah – we had a Travelzoo deal that included a bowl of Miso Soup, One Appetizer, 3 rolls, and a choice of dessert


 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Ruth’s Diner in Salt Lake City, Utah – A local legend with great food! [Dinner Entrees run about $13 and the Meat Loaf Burger was $7, which we rated an “8” on our Burger Ranking: Everywhere Else page]

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Utah):

  • Visited Lehi Roller Mills – the location where scenes of Kevin Bacon working at the mill in the movie Footloose [FREE]
  • Salt Lake City’s Main Library [FREE] – but parking is not free
  • “This Is The Place” Heritage Park [FREE]
  • Tower Theatre to see The Breakfast Club$8.75 per ticket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Little America Hotel – clean, comfortable, and super charming. – [$88 for the night]
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DAY 5
Quality Time With Sky:
Salt Lake City, Utah to Boise, Idaho
Route: I-15 to UT-108 to I-84 to U.S. 30 to I-84

Note: There isn’t a damn thing between Salt Lake City and Boise except Twin Falls. We went to Twin Falls, and then met the Francis family, bought some explosives and started the first day of blowing crap up.

Nom Nom:
(Lunch) at Burger Bar in Roy, Utah [Big Ben Burger and Elk burger with fries cost less than $10] – YUCK.  I can’t even bear to list the address. You can read our “2” rating on our burger page.
(Dinner) at Francis household – thanks for the good eats and hospitality!

 

Keeping Busy (in Utah but mostly Idaho):

  • Antelope Island [$9.00 per car, but the biting gnats are free]
  • Shoshone Falls – [$5.00 per car – pretty cool place all you have to do is find parking, and you can stay as long as you like]
  • Fat City Fireworks – $300+ (Francis motto: Go Big Or Go Home)

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:

Best Western Plus in Meridian (Rama Inn) – clean, comfortable, and served breakfast (cereals, breads, waffles, pop-tarts, fruit, and yogurt) plus it had a indoor pool and a washer and dryer. – [$58 for the night]
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DAY 6
Quality Time With Sky:
None – staying in Boise, Idaho

Note: We went to a penitentiary that closed after a 1973 riot.  Returned to Francis family for dinner and blew more stuff up.

Nom Nom:
(Lunch) at Rockie’s Diner with Sailer family in Boise, Idaho [Cheeseburger costs $5.50].  We rated their burgers a “6” on our burger page.

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Francis household – thanks for the hospitality!

 

Keeping Busy (in Idaho):

  • Old Idaho Penitentiary [$5 per person] – took walking tour with guide, it was included in the entrance fee.  Nice tour.  You can even experience being locked in a cell (again).

Zzzzzzzz:
Still staying at the Best Western Plus in Meridian (see Day 5). – [$58 for a night]
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DAY 7
Quality Time With Sky:
None – still in Boise, Idaho

Note: Packed 10 family members into a cubby hole at Big Jud’s for some giant hamburgers before blowing everything up in a spectacular fashion.

Nom Nom:
(Lunch) at Big Jud’s in Boise, Idaho [1 Pound Burger, Large Fries, and a Drink is $14.99 but only $7 with a Groupon!]. Ah, Big Jud’s earned a “7” on our burger page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Francis household – thanks for the hospitality!

Keeping Busy (in Idaho):

  • Lounging around, waiting to watch a calm neighborhood turn into fireworks central around 10:15 p.m…. the Francis family just might be giving Disney fireworks a run for their money.  Seriously, collectively there was roughly $4k worth of fireworks blown up. Our earlier purchase added to this night of spectacular fireworks.
    Francis Firework Finale – click here to watch video

Zzzzzzzz:
Still staying at the Best Western Plus in Meridian (see Day 5). – [$58 for the night]

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DAY 8
Quality Time With Sky:
Boise, Idaho to Bend, Oregon
Route: I-84 to U.S.-26 to U.S.-97

Note: We exit Idaho and enter beautiful Oregon. We check out a cool rock garden before finding our amazing hotel for the night built by converting a Catholic school. Then, we see Thor in a cool theater.

Nom Nom:
(Dinner) at Pilot Butte’s Drive-In – we chose to dine-in, but they do have the drive up, order, and eat in your car area too.  Their gourmet burgers come with fries but the others do not – most gourmet burgers run about $10.  We rated their burgers a “6” on our burger page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Oregon):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
McMeniman’s Old St. Francis School Hotel – incredible place!  Great furniture in the room, comfy bed, great bathroom, and they even provide a ceiling fan and robes.  – [$150 a night and worth every penny!]
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DAY 9
Quality Time With Sky:
Bend, Oregon to Portland, Oregon
Route: U.S.-26 to to I-205 to I-84 

Note: Took the scenic route to Portland, and once there we stayed at 100-year-old bar/hotel with live music downstairs. Very cool, very glad we booked only one night.

Nom Nom:
(Lunch) at E.A.T. – a hip joint where art and food collide. Inexpensive, tasty, and hip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at White Eagle Café – enjoyed the ambiance inside the bar. Happy hour prices rock!  However, their burger wasn’t anything to write home about.  We rated it a “3,” which you can check out on our burger page.

 

Keeping Busy (in Oregon):

  • Driving through scenic parts of Oregon on route to Portland.  GORGEOUS!

Zzzzzzzz:
McMeniman’s White Eagle Hotel – a completely different vibe from Day 8’s McMeniman hotel experience.  This hotel features 10 rooms; we stayed in Room 1 that overlooks the bridges and has windows that can let cool air in.  The room is equipped with a nice bed and a sink.  There are two bathrooms for sharing with all guests staying at White Eagle.  While our room’s temperature was fine to sleep in, it appeared that other guests down the hall where the room had a small window were not as comfortable. One room had the fan in the door leaving their room exposed to outsiders while they slept.  I guess when you can’t take it, you’ll live on the edge. The White Eagle is a cool experience and much cheaper than the Catholic school. – [Roughly $60 per night]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY 10
Quality Time With Sky:
Portland, Oregon to Longview, Washington and then back to Portland
Route: I-405 to I-5

Note: Saw a bridge built for squirrels in Longview, Washington. We had a near death experience of nearly being rammed by a speeding car while we are stopped. Minutes later we were kayaking along the Columbia River and happy to be off the highway.  Check out Mt. St. Helens. Get a burger with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns (shockingly awesome) and fine dining at DOC for dinner.

Nom Nom:
(Breakfast)
at Voodoo Doughnuts – great vibe, great doughnuts.  Read more about Voodoo Doughnuts on our blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Lunch) at The Grilled Cheese Grill – grilled cheese sandwiches are a slice of heaven, and The Grilled Cheese Grill takes them to a whole new level!  Their grilled cheese burger scored an “8.”  Check it out on our burger page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at DOC – an upscale restaurant.  I love the fresh ingredients the Chef uses, all in season and perfectly selected.  I also love when you walk in this establishment, you walk into and through the kitchen.  An open kitchen where you can watch the crew at work is exciting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Washington & Portland):

  • Nutty Narrows Bridge in Longview, Washington – seriously awesome.  A dude whose office window faced the street witnessed the sad state squirrels would experience when crossing the busy street.  So, he built them a bridge! How awesome is that?  Awesome! [FREE]
  • Kayaking on the Columbia River – NorthWest EcoExcursions offered this tour, which cost us roughly $40 with a discount we found on the Internet.
  • Mount St. Helens Visitor Center – pretty amazing center – cost $8 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Portland International Guesthouse – if you can dig spending time with people you don’t know and sharing a house with them, this place is GREAT!  Our room, tucked off the side of the kitchen, was super cozy.  There were three bathrooms throughout the house, it was super clean, and in a perfect location in Portland.  Great place to spend a week. – [$85 for the night]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY 11
Quality Time With Sky:
None – stayed in Portland, Oregon.

Note: Explored local neighborhood that included the adorable A-Z District.

Nom Nom:
(Lunch) at Slabtown Ribs & BBQ – as we approached the location on foot, the delicious aroma of BBQ filled our nostrils.  We hoped it was as good as it smelled.  Oh, yeah…this place knows what they are doin’ and prices are reasonable. Go Slabtown!

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at iorio Restaurant – some Italian fine dining.  The food and atmsophere of this restaurant made our day.  Fun waitress too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Portland):

  • Walked around the neighborhood. [FREE]
  • Laundry day!
 The random art that appears throughout the
 city of Portland makes me happy.  Sometimes
 the piece is relevant to its location and
 sometimes it left us scratching our heads and
 forced us to poke around the Internet for
 answers, but sometimes answers were not to be  found.

Zzzzzzzz:
Still stayin’ at Portland Int’l Guesthouse (see Day 10 for info). – [$85 for the night]

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DAY 12
Quality Time With Sky:
None – stayed in Portland, Oregon.

Note: Jamie and Mark, our wonderful family, drove down from Washington to spend the day with us. We eat a life-altering peanut butter, jelly, bacon and jalapeño sandwich before finding a Freakybuttrue museum/store. Then we move onto a very large bronze statue, a very small park (about the size of a tire), Voodoo Doughnuts, Church of Elvis, and the enormous and awesome Powell’s Books. See “Rocky Horror” for first time in years at a 96-year-old theater that has been showing the movie every week since 1978.

Nom Nom:
Yes, you are seeing double.  We enjoyed lunch in two places –  splitting a PBJ and then to a sit down joint for the other dish.  

(Lunch) at PBJs Grill – a little standalone grill that makes some seriously out of this world Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches.  The one we really wanted to try was off the menu for the day — one of the ingredients was sold out.  While it is always a bummer to order and find out your item is no longer available for the day, I do appreciate the usage of fresh ingredients.  Nonetheless, our PBJ rocked this world!

 

 

 

 

 

(Lunch) at 21st Avenue Bar and Grill – Sitting on the patio is a delight.  Even though it was a pretty hot day, the arrangement of the patio was relaxing and roughly ten degrees cooler.  Pretty descent food and prices. We rated their burgers a “6” – check out our burger page for the lowdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Sushi Sakura – a random choice.  We were just walkin’ along and found it. We always love the go around the conveyor belt sushi places, but this one stopped sending stuff around about ten minutes into our arrival, and the waitresses went missing.  But we were able to pluck enough dishes from the conveyor belt to not starve ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Portland):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Still stayin’ at Portland Int’l Guesthouse (see Day 10 for info). – [$85 for the night]

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DAY 13
Quality Time With Sky:
None – stayed in Portland.

Note: Have breakfast at Byways Cafe (thanks to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) and say farewell to Jamie and Mark. See punk rock documentary at same old theater from last night and then visit incredible movie store/museum.

Nom Noms:
(Breakfast) at Byways Cafe – A triple-D recommended restaurant and well worth the wait!  Scrumptious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Sylvan’s Steakhouse – a large location, new, quaint, and the bbq smelled like heaven as we walked in.  We enjoyed the burgers at about $10 with fries.  Their burgers were a “6.”  Check out our commentary on the burger page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Portland):

  • Clinton Theatre to see the documentary Bloody and Unbowed – $6 a ticket
  • Movie Madness video store and movie museum [FREE]

World’s Best Video Store EVER!

Zzzzzzzz:
Still stayin’ at Portland Int’l Guesthouse (see Day 10 for info). – [$85 for the night]

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DAY 14
Quality Time With Sky:
A jaunt outside of Portland
Route: The route to falls along the Columbia Gorge.

Note: Eat some pie then head to see some giant water falls along the Columbia Gorge. See giant chocolate water fall (at 20 feet supposedly the longest continuously running one) before heading back to our room.

Nom Noms:
(Lunch) at Pacific Pie Co. – This place is one of those treasures you find and never want to leave.  Great pies and great staff!  Super reasonable prices AND plenty of food in one pie.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at 21st Avenue Bar and Grill – Enjoyed another evening on the patio enjoying a couple of burgers – still rated them a “6.”

 

Keeping Busy (in Portland):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, a dream…a chocolate fall.

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Still stayin’ at Portland Int’l Guesthouse (see Day 10 for info). – [$85 for the night]

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DAY 15
Quality Time With Sky:
Portland, Oregon to Salem, Oregon
Route: I-5 to OR-99 to OR-213

Note: Before leaving Portland behind, we enjoyed a spectacular breakfast at Tasty N Sons.  Then I shed a few tears at the Humane Society viewing “Bobbie the Wonder Dog’s” memorial site.  But the serenity of our next stop, Mt. Angel Abbey put my heart at ease.  We checked out a Glokenspiel, then stopped in Silverton to rejoice in the spirit of Bobbie the Wonder Dog.  My heart-strings were ripped open again, but nothing an amazing Willamette Burger in Salem couldn’t soothe.

Nom Noms:
(Breakfast) at Tasty n Sons – OMG!  This place is out of this world.  Taste buds explode each time their food enters mouths.  INCREDIBLE!  This place would cost twice as much in other big cities.  Thank you Tasty n Sons for quite a culinary experience!

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s my lovely artwork while waiting for the burger.

 

(Dinner) at Willamette Burger Co. – I love their t-shirts.  My favorite simply stated: “Vegetarian’s Nightmare.”   Great food, great service, great fun.  Around $10 for a burger and worth it! They earned a ranking of “8” from us.  Check it out on our burger page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Oregon):

  • Humane Society to visit “Bobbie the Wonder Dog’s” burial site – bring tissues! [FREE] 
  • Mt. Angel Abbey – viewed largest pig furball – donation
  • The Mt. Angel Glockenspiel – reminded me of It’s A Small World [FREE]
  • Silverton, Oregon – Mural celebrating Bobbie the Wonder Dog’s – Silverton
    is the hometown of Bobbie the Wonder Dog. [FREE]
  • Driving around Salem, Oregon – adorable town [only gas]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Red Lion in Salem – nice pad to sleep in, smallish room but perfect for a good night’s sleep…and, man, the a/c worked! – [$71 for the night]

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DAY 16
Quality Time With Sky:

Salem, Oregon to Eugene, Oregon
Route: I-5 to U.S.-20 to OR-99

Note: Took a side trip into Cervallis (uber cool city), before heading into Eugene. Explored Eugene and kicked it at our adorable hotel after eating some wonderful Thai food.

Nom Noms:
(Breakfast) – we concocted a sandwich from some delicious meat from Chops, a company we found in Portland, and some local bread from Salem.
(Dinner) at Sweet Basil – yummy Thai Food.  I will crave it! The ambiance and soups were out of this world.  Definitely a great vibe in this joint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Oregon):

  • Checked out the college town of Cervallis – AWESOME!
  • Walked Eugene and the campus of University of Oregon – great town!

 

 

On the highway to Eugene.

 

 

 

 

 

Raindrops on the hood of our car.

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Excelsior Inn – a comfortable and chic hotel walking distance to the University of Oregon.  The Inn is part of a community of “unique hotels” in Oregon.  They are the kind of place that not only spruce the place up, but leave little treasures for a more enjoyable experience.  Super cozy and wonderful.  – [$110.00 for the night]

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DAY 17
Quality Time With Sky:

Eugene, Oregon to Ashland, Oregon
Route: OR-99 to OR-58 to U.S.-97 to OR-138 to OR-62 to U.S.-97 to OR-66

Note: We take a long detour for our trip to Ashland with the first stop being at Crater Lake – one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We were stunned when we got our first look. We then drove to Klamath Falls – which has no falls by the way. Lots of beautiful forest along the way. We then made our way into Ashland. We walked through the town and enjoyed a nice dinner at a Thai restaurant with a table just a couple feet from a fast-flowing Ashland Creek. The night was capped with an incredible performance of The Pirates of Penzance.

Nom Noms:
(Breakfast) at Voodoo Doughnuts in Eugene.  We did it…had a doughnut from all three locations…and all were tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Thai Pepper in Ashland – food is priced around $18+ for a plate, but they give you plenty of food, it’s tasty, and if you eat on the patio you can enjoy the tranquil setting of the waterflow.

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Oregon):

  • Crater Lake – [FREE for us because we had the park pass] Otherwise, it would cost $10.
  • Walk around Ashland [FREE]
  • Pirates of Penzance at the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion– one word: INCREDIBLE! We had the cheap seats, but there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. Each ticket cost roughly $24.00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
A plain ‘ole Rodeway Inn.  Definitely nothing fancy, but comfortable enough to sleep in. Seems the complex is in the process of upgrading. – [$71 for the night]

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DAY 18
Quality Time With Sky:

None – checked out surrounding towns by Ashland.

Note: Wanted to see more than Ashland had to offer, we ventured to Medford and toured Harry & David – an excellent tour that really impressed me with the quality of their products along with the company history. We then went to a 140-year-old flour mill nearby and toured it. Finally, we went to the wonderful town of Jacksonville. Really neat town, which is a historical site – yes the entire town. The burger joint we were going to was closing, but saw we were coming in, so they opened back up. On our way out, we stopped at Gary West’s store and got some jerkey and an incredible cupcake. The people everywhere in this town were awesome. At the end of the evening, our plans to see a play ended when the power went out and there was no backup generator in place. The power came back on 11 minutes after the show was canceled and refunds had been given.

Nom Noms:
(Dinner) at Gold Dust Cafe in Jacksonville, which is located at 100 E. California Street. Unbeknownst to us, the eatery was closing. But as we were stepping toward the door, it swung open by one of the staff.  “Come on in!” she stated.  They fired up the grill, just for us, and reassembled the soda machine. Talk about service! This place made our day!  While they have many different items, we tried the burgers. On our rating scale, they ranked a “6.”  Check out the information on our burger page.

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Oregon):

  • Harry & David Tour$5 per person – I have a newfound respect for Harry & David…the care they put into their facility, staff, and product is OUTSTANDING!
  • Butte Creek Mill – great tour of the mill, you can be guided or guide yourself.  And, the shop is adorable with plenty of goodies to take home. [FREE]
  • Explored the city of Jacksonville [FREE]
  • Gary West Meats – a beef jerky stop that turned into a wowser-stop!  The two working were informational, hospitable, and truly wonderful people.  If we lived near Jacksonville, Gary West Meats would be a regular stop! [FREE, until you buy something. And, trust me, you’ll buy something.]
  • The New Theatre in Ashland to see The Imaginary Invalid. – unfortunately, a power outage robbed us of our viewing pleasure.  However, the cast came out and sang a couple of songs for us.  An unforgettable moment.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cast treating us to a song from the play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Still stayin’ at the Rodeway Inn (see Day 17). – [$71 for the night]
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DAY 19
Quality Time With Sky:

Ashland, Oregon to Happy Camp, California
Route: OR-99 to I-5 to U.S.-199 to to OR-46 to Happy Camp Road to National Forest Development Road 48 to Indian Creek Road

Note: Cool day with a couple hours spent in the Oregon caves in the beautiful mountains with an excellent ranger for a guide. We then stopped at a site that houses many varieties of large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, cougars, etc. Very interesting and informative visit where we got to get up close – but they still won’t let me in the cages with them. We then had a great and extremely cheap sausage lunch at a place that makes their own links. We then made our way to Happy Camp and found our $39 Groupon room looks out on the Klamath River. Wrapped up the evening at a camp fire with a couple other visitors. Beautiful and very quiet place.

Nom Noms:
(Dinner) at Taylor’s Sausage Country Store – a couple of hot dogs – pretty yummy, and cheap but not lacking quality.  Under $10 for two large hot dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in Oregon):

  • Oregon Caves National Monument – our first cave experience…pretty cool! A guided tour, which takes around 90 minutes, is only $8.50 a person.
  • Great Cats World Park – a remarkable experience.  The connection between the caretaker and the cats is unreal – in a positive way! $14 for a view of the cats and the awesome interaction between human and feline.
  • Amazing drive to Happy Camp – funny…we had the road to ourselves again.  Crazy beautiful and wicked peaceful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see a quick video, click here to see, Kitty go ROAR!

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Klamath River Resort Inn – an inn that feels like the ultimate camping spot but indoors and right along the water.  They even have free wi-fi and a fire pit – s’mores time, ya’ll!  – [Groupon: $39 for the night]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAY 20
Quality Time With Sky:
Happy Camp, California to Fairfield, California
Route: Indian Creek Road to Forest Development Road 48 to Happy Camp Road to U.S.-199 to U.S.-101 to CA-254 to U.S.-101 to CA-20 to CA-16 to US-505 to I-80

Note: This day was all about the trees – big trees. We had to backtrack into Oregon before coming to see the giant redwoods along the California coast. These giants are amazing. We went for a hike at a place called Mystery of the Trees that included an aerial tram. We then drove through the Avenue of the Giants near Humboldt. We drove through three different redwoods – silly, but cool. We wrapped up the day at another Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives joint before pulling into our last hotel.

Nom Noms:
(Breakfast) at Forest Cafe – we stopped here for the theme, which tickled my funny bone.  Only one waitress on staff so order right the first time…thankfully we did.

(Lunch) at Peg’s House – a stop we found in Sunset Magazine – a picnic-table style dining area in the great outdoors. Pretty good food too.  We reviewed Peg’s House on our Burger Rankings: Everywhere Else page – it scored a “7”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Gott’s Roadside – after reading about this place, it was fun to stop in and see what all the fuss was about.  Nice upscale outdoor setting.  It’s like having an upscale picnic with all the fixins.  We ranked their burgers on our burger page as a “7”.

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in California):

  • Scenic Drive to Trees of Mystery – [just gas]
  • Trees of Mystery – seriously some of the coolest trees I’ve seen to date [$14.00 per ticket – Skyrail included in admission]
  • Avenue of the Giants (driving through the Redwoods) – [FREE]
  • Drive through three different redwood trees along our scenic path – each one an experience – [1st place: $7, 2nd place: $10, 3rd place $10]
  • Scenic drive to St. Helena – enjoyed the view of Clear Lake [just gas]


 

 

 

 

I freaked myself out…I just knew I was gonna get stuck. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Comfort Inn in Fairfield.  We didn’t expect too much from this hotel, but they provided above and beyond comforts, not to mention they were super clean and comfortable. Breakfast was included and involved waffles as well as a plethora of continental breakfast item choices. – [$68 for the night]

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Day 21
Fairfield, California to Riverside, California
Route: CA-12 to CA-99 to I-5 to I-210 to CA-57 to CA-91

Note: Started the day with the Jelly Belly factory tour. Got our sample bag with 49 different flavors – apparently they still haven’t perfected the Mac&Cheese yet. Then drove forever and made our last stop for dinner in Pasadena where we got a burger. I then wrapped up two very long days of driving, getting us home safely.

We get to spend one day at home taking care of odds and ends, and recuperating. Then head out for five days of Comic-Con in San Diego.

Nom Noms:
(Lunch) at Triple A Burger in Fresno.  Their burger easily ranks an “8” on our burger page.  Great prices for their burgers too, and the family is super helpful.  You can find this burger joint at 1020 Fresno Street in Fresno, California.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dinner) at Dog Haus in Pasadena.  Dog Haus earned a “10” from us on our burger page.  As soon as our mouths took the first bite…we were in a trance.  Their burgers ARE trancelicious!

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Busy (in California):

  • Jelly Belly Tour [FREE]
  • Driving home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zzzzzzzz:
Back at home in our bed…for one night.

Peace out, Trenquilla