Bull Udders? You betcha.

Trip Start Dec 17, 2011
Trip End Jan 27, 2012

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We had a good sleep last night and woke to a toasty warm hotel with a temperature of 2 degrees outside! We had a free breakfast at the hotel (toast, make-your-own waffles, pastries, cereal, biscuits (scones), English muffins, and Jan pleased to find a banana and a real tea-bag so she could have a cup of tea – something that is definitely missing in hotels for someone who doesn't drink coffee in the USA!)

Funny things today: A huge car sales yard with a permanent kids merry-go-round (stick your kids on an endless ride & come buy a car!!). A service station attendant thinking we were from Canada – do American’s think the Canadian accent is so different from theirs?

Highway 101 along the California coast was very scenic, with some beautiful wild beaches and of course, the Redwood forests to drive through, though we couldn’t find anywhere to stop and take photos. When we reached Klamath, CA, we stopped at a tourist destination 'The Trees of Mystery’ which had two huge statues of Paul Bunyon and his blue bull. Kate ran to the bull so we could take a photo of her and after we had she ran under the bulls tummy and yelled out, "Mum look, I can touch the udders." All of us just about wet ourselves laughing and I had to explain to Kate that they were actually the bull’s ‘boy-bits’ she was touching! LOL. After a walk around the gift shop to stretch our legs (we didn’t have time to go walking in the forest to see the huge trees) and purchasing some delectable Maple walnut fudge made on the property we headed off again.

A glorious drive through a huge forest with steep rock walls and a pretty river at the bottom of the gulley and then we hit the state border to Oregon. By the time we reached Grant’s Pass in Oregon I was busting to use the Little Girl’s room, but do you think we could easily find a restaurant we liked to use the restrooms?! Eventually we spotted a Denny’s sign and swerved into their parking lot. Turns out it was a good decision as we had one of the nicest meals and friendliest waitresses we’ve ever had. Every request was met with an accented ‘You betcha’ and a smile. The menu had some holiday specials on it and I decided on a turkey dinner – I didn’t know whether to be insulted or not when she asked if I wanted the senior option! Jeez, I know I’m going to be 40 in 4 days but surely I don’t look 55! Anyway, the turkey dinner came with a bowl of chicken noodle soup, which was a huge plate and would have easily done me for lunch by itself. We all enjoyed our meal and Fred and the kids each had a taste of my ‘Red Velvet pancake puppies’ sundae which was huge for only $2! (see photo if you don’t know what a ‘puppy’ is – basically it’s a type of sweet dough ball, probably deep fried.)

The temperature is definitely dropping (2 degrees outside again), the mist/fog has dropped down over the tops of all the pine/fir trees in the moderate sized down of Grant’s Pass, but once we started climbing up hill we once again saw blue skies and sunshine. There is nothing like cruising on the US highways with the wide blue sky above you, your favourite music pumping from the stereo, passing huge trucks glinting in the sun and having your breath taken away when you round a corner on the road to see America in all its natural beauty rolling away to the horizon. Love it.

An 30 minute jaunt to a Walmart near Eugene, Oregon, turned into an hour shopping spree – one of the flaws of Walmart is the stuff is so cheap, it’s hard to resist! By the time we came out at 5.40 it was pitch black (gets dark here early). Another hours drive to the Comfort Inn in Salem, OR where we all went for a swim (well, the kids did, Fred, Jan & I soaked in the hot-tub) and chatted to a guy and his son from a small coastal town in Oregon – he said he’d never met a New Zealander before and had only travelled out of Oregon once when he was a kid. Domino’s Pizza for dinner, we’re too stuffed after travelling all day to go out again.
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Mike.g on

Hi All,
Sounds if though you are all having a ball of a time. Looks if though you may yet see some snow. Dont worry Tracey, I know how it feels to be mistaken for a senior. Remember in Denny's restaurant in New Lynn when I was asked if I required a senior's meal, how insulted I was, and you told me not to worry! So my turn now to tell you not to worry! Keep the reports coming, love hearing where you are all at. - M.G. -

Janine on

I would of said yes, so you could get the Senior Discount

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