Nov 062015

Since we didn’t have any plans or anything on our calendar, we treated ourselves by sleeping in yesterday morning. The fact that it got down into the 30s overnight was added incentive to stay snuggled under the covers once we woke up. Like we needed an incentive. Not!

Eventually we did get up, and after logging onto the Internet to see who we are at war with this week and checking email, we decided to drive the 10 miles back to Paso Robles to check out the Pioneer Museum, which we had spotted when we came in on Highway 101 the day before.

As we were leaving the Elks lodge campground, longtime reader Jim O’Briant introduced himself. Jim runs the Overnight RV Parking website, and while we have exchanged email many times over the years, this was our first time to meet in person. He’s here with a group of friends from the Gilroy Elks Lodge for a few days, and I’m sure we’ll get together to visit at some point.

We love small town museums, and the Pioneer Museum was an excellent one, with exhibits on the history of this region from the Native Americans who once ruled the land to the Spaniards, ranchers, and others who followed.

Pioneer Museum outside

Exhibits include a replica of one of Paso Robles’s streets, a nice collection of antique automobiles, buggies, and wagons, and an early day gas station.

Street scene small

Service station small

We spent a couple of hours exploring the museum’s exhibits, then went outside to check out the jail and the one room schoolhouse.


Schoolroom small

If I ever tried to escape from jail, this is what would happen, with my luck.


We’ll have a feature on the Pioneer Museum in an upcoming issue of the Gypsy Journal.

When we left the museum we stopped at Walmart to stock up on some things we needed and ran a couple of other errands, and by then it was late in the day and we were hungry. When we said we’d be in Atascadero for a few days, several people suggested The Grub Shack, and they all said the small restaurant in the Kmart shopping center a mile or so from the Elks lodge served good food.

What an understatement! The garlic parmesan french fries were very good, Miss Terry’s fish was excellent, but the Triple Pig sandwich was absolutely the best sandwich I’ve had anywhere in the world, and I’ve been around a long time. Pulled pork, ham and bacon topped off by Asiago cheese. Wow! Just wow! It was way beyond delicious.

Triple pig

I told the owner that the only thing wrong with it was that it was so darned good I’d never order anything else on the menu. And with 65 choices I’m sure I’d be missing something else I’d love, too! This place is definitely worth checking out anytime you’re in this area. You’ll be glad you did!

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Thought For The Day – The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.

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  2 Responses to “The Best Sandwich In The World”

  1. Wow what a sandwich. Ate the whole thing?

    We use Jim’s website often. Has been quite a money and time saver while on the road.

  2. I faithfully follow your blog in anticipation for the day when my husband retires and we can also hit the road. I live in Paso Robles and am so glad you are enjoying our area. The Pioneer Museum is a favorite of our out of town guests along with the WarBird Museum.

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