May 302011

Today is our last day here at the Escapees Park of the Sierras, and we’ve had a wonderful time playing tourist in a part of California that we’ve never seen before, visiting with some old friends here at the campground, and checking out the local restaurants.

In the two weeks we’ve been here, we’ve been to several eateries, and even gone back to a few of them twice. But I think we saved the best for last. As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, on Saturday we ate at the original Pizza Factory, and it was absolutely one of the very best pizzas I have ever eaten.

Yesterday we had another gastronomic treat. A while back, Greg White exchanged e-mails with a gentleman named Terry, from one of the RV internet forums, and discovered that he and his wife owned a Chinese restaurant in nearby Oakhurst, called Taste of China. As most regular blog readers know, I’m a huge (in more than one way) fan of Chinese buffets, but we usually don’t go to Chinese restaurants where you have to order off the menu. But we decided to give it a try, and now all four of us are sorry we didn’t go there sooner, because we would definitely have gone back a few times while we’ve been here! Miss Terry rated the food 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, and said she can’t remember having a better meal anywhere. I don’t think anybody disagreed with her.

I am very allergic to onions, which can be a problem at some restaurants, but our pretty waitress, who was the owner’s daughter, made sure my food was cooked to my needs. The service was just as good as the food, and when Greg told the young lady that he had been in contact with her dad by e-mail, she called him at home, and he drove down to the restaurant to meet us and visit for a while. If we didn’t have to be in Oregon in a week, I’d be very tempted to extend our stay here just to go back to those two restaurants again. And again. 🙂

When we got back to the RV park, Miss Terry had a treat for us, a wonderfully delicious pastry called a kringle, with caramel and pecans, which had our taste buds thinking that they had died and gone to Heaven.

We have been busy getting a lot of last minute chores out of the way around the motorhome, and it feels good to have accomplished so much. Well, okay, let’s be honest, it feels good that Greg has accomplished so much.

While we’ve been here, I have published some more of my books to Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. Besides my new mystery novel Big Lake (99 cents), I also uploaded e-book versions of three of my RV books, The Frugal RVer ($2.99), Work Your Way Across The USA ($2.99), and Meandering Down The Highway – A Year On The Road With Fulltime RVers, which became available today for $3.99.

When we roll out of here tomorrow, I have no idea where we’ll end up at the end of the day. We’re headed for the Oregon Coast and have about 600 miles to go and a week to get there, so there’s no big rush. We may poke around along the way, or we may make it a quick trip and settle in early. Either way, we know we’ll have fun.

Bad Nick knows it’s hard for him to get to the keyboard when we’re in travel mode, but he had an important post to make to the Bad Nick Blog titled It’s Not About Cookouts. Check it out and leave a comment. 

And to all of our veterans out there, thank you for your service to our country. It’s because of you that we all can live our dreams, whatever they may be.

Thought For The Day -  A veteran – whether active duty, retired, National Guard, or Reserve – is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made “payable to The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including my life.” 

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  4 Responses to “Saving The Best For Last”

  1. Kringle is an old Danish treat that is very popular in SE Wisc. We lived near Racine Wi., and there were many Danish bakeries that offered it. It came on a large paper covered cardboard almost like a pizza does. It is a desert that has many variations, most are frosted with fruit centers. All I can say is, if you’re ever in the area, stop by a bakery and pick one up.

  2. My wife and I grew up on kringle in Racine Wisconsin,
    cherry cheese is the best 🙂

  3. Nick:

    From on Viet Vet to another “Welcome home!” and THANKS, brother.

  4. Nick, thank you for your military service!

    Now, if someone asked for your advice, telling you that he had to be in Oregon in a week, and it’s 600 miles and a whole week to get there, but he’d really like to stay where he is for a couple more days and go back to a particular restaurant, what would you tell him? Why you’d say, “Well, stay for a couple more days and go back to that restaurant! You’ve got a whole week to travel 600 miles, and you can do that in two or three days.” Physician heal thyself!

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