Katie and I left the casino parking lot around 11:00 this morning and drove north. We ended up on the 199 to Grants Pass. (FYI - everyone in San Diego says "the" 5 or "the" 101. I don't know why, but when I first moved down there, it sounded so strange. Finally I started saying it, too. Then I moved away and dropped the "the." I moved back and went through the "the" conversion again, and I'm still doing it. I'm sure it will fade away when I've been gone a while.)
Along the way I took these shots:
Shortly after entering Oregon, we were in a small town named O'Brien that had a little store and gas station and post office with a police car outside. I thought this was the post office, and asked the woman. If you click on it, you'll see the Post Office. She said it used to be, but now it is next door, so I went over there and mailed a birthday card for my daughter, Kristy, who is 38 on the 30th. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KRISTY! I hope the card gets to you by Saturday.
I bought some snacks and went outside to take a picture of the police car. I guess this is what happens when a state has no sales tax.
Driving along from Bodega Bay to Grants Pass brought back so many memories of trips taken in the past with people I think about from time to time. Great memories.
We stopped at the Trees of Mystery and I took a photo of the front of the store and of Paul Bunyon and Babe, his Blue Ox:
We ended up in Grant's Pass and got gas at a Fred Meyer gas station for $3.729/gal - I checked my Gas Buddy app on my phone and it was the cheapest around, and the station was close to where we were, so we drove over.
Gas station attendant - I had forgotten this job title existed! I haven't seen one in California for years and years. They were efficient, quick and polite, and I didn't have to get out of the truck. Nice!
Then I searched Wal-Mart on my GPS, and there was a Super Wal-Mart right across the street. I called them, and they allowed overnight parking. As an added bonus, I just found out the McDonald's in the store has free wi-fi. Am I hitting the right stuff, or what???
I dropped $60 at Wal-Mart, and on my trek back to The Palms, I noticed there was an Applebee's a few stores down, so I put away my purchases and locked Katie in the rig and walked over. I ordered the fish dinner, which was really good and then a hot-fudge shooter. She forgot to put the dessert on the bill, said it would be "on the house," so I left her a big tip. And I have enough fish and broccoli left over for two more meals.
I have a full cupboard, fridge and freezer, so I'll definitely be eating in for a while. I even got a huge artichoke at Walmart, so that will be dinner tomorrow. Or lunch, maybe.
We're settled in for the night, and going to bed early.
From Me and My Dog, have a good Thursday everyone! : )