— Food and Drink —
Our first Burmese food results in a top salad winner! Tea leaf salad is pureed tea leaves in oil, nuts, sesame seeds, diced peppers, lettuce. Burmese food is surprisingly different from Thai and is so full of flavor!
Fort George has the best bar stools too.
Former winner, worth noting: Sedona Pizza Company’s Bianco Pizza: Garlic, Ricotta, Spinach, Mozzarella, Artichoke, Chicken, and Balsamic Glaze.
President Clinton’s local BBQ joint. Apparently Mr. McClard once had a busboy show up to work intoxicated so he made him this tamale to sober up. The dish was so good, it made the menu and has remained a staple.
They hand-select their beans seasonally. This dark roast is hard to beat.
Out of Taos, NM. We purchased a bag of beans in Hatch, NM.
— Other Bests —
A 3 piece rock/blues band based out of Austin, these guys are great on stage! After the letdown of New Orleans, we were easily lured in to watch this high-energy, gritty, good timin’ performance. They played a Saturday show at Maggie Maes on Austin’s famous 5th St. The Grit has 2 albums, Rapture and The Feelin’, or go see them live during summer tour 2015!
While going over the Golden Gate was really neat, the trip across the Columbia is hard to beat. Huge ships pass under you while the enormous mouth of the Columbia river passes by. There is no toll and this 4 mile long, cantilever truss bridge has 196 feet of clearance from the water at high tide.
Qualifications for best bridge: Length, aesthetics, the body of water being passed, neat engineering, the view. A bridge free of tolls helps.
23.83 miles, from the north side of the lake into New Orleans. We never used it with the RV, only the car several times. $3 toll while going north.
We can’t decide which is better.
White knuckles! Windy roads! California commuters! The pulloffs provide a much appreciated break.
At a highway pulloff, you must sneak over the edge of a rock wall while other tourist-types aren’t looking. The edge is a rocky out-cliff which reaches about 1/4 mile away from the shore, into the ocean.
Watch the sunset over the ocean at this upscale San Diego restaurant.
We can’t decide
Being in Box Canyon feels like you were plucked from Earth and dropped on Mars. We stumbled on it by mistake after making the decision to drive north through Coachella Valley farms.
The Glen Canyon Dam created a reservoir which swallowed up much of the amazing canyon, what is left of the landscape is worth seeing.
Making burgers with Joel and Karla!