Breakfast In America
Replies: 129 - Last Post: Jul 11, 2013 9:02 PM Last Post By: ianw6705
May 13, 2013 8:32 AM
30Anyway Willy - enjoy Cymru (my ancestral home country) - and meanwhile we're off soon to see the cultural delights of Lake Tahoe
Oh geez, don't get me started on the Gaelic on the road signs in Scotland and Wales. Here you have places without shoulders on the roads; where everyone drives on the wrong side; where there's a roundabout every few miles, offering four or five ways to get lost; where there are no signs telling you what road you're on or whether you're headed north, south, east, or west; where it rains all the time so you can't use the sun as a guide; where the road signs and the maps seem to only loosely correlate.
Just to remind you how hopeless it all is, they stick these place names full of consonants on the signs. No one speaks the language those names are in, and it's impossible to pronounce anything. Gaelic? Sheesh, we'd be ahead of the game if they could learn to speak American like any human being should.
May 13, 2013 8:48 AM
31C'mon, Willy, you know there are people who will take you literally and complain about your off-topic xenophobia.
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Weather in Lake Tahoe looks really good for the next couple of days. If you haven't read it, I recommend reading Mark Twain's Roughing It when you get home. It covers a lot of the territory you will have visited. You can find it free online or a good library might have it.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Edited by: nutraxfornerves. Thank goodness no one has replied, so I can correct the date!
May 13, 2013 1:56 PM
32Thanks for re-uploading the picture of Nevada Falls, amazing to see how much water is in there right now. :)
I was going to suggest that you visit the Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, but the site says they are closed until May 15th, so instead I'm posting the info in case you were going there. If you're in the area until the 16th, it is a really interesting place to visit.
May 13, 2013 6:24 PM
33Have made South Lake Tahoe - Howard Johnson Motel room on the waterfront for $56.24 including taxes and breakfast ... what a cheap country!
The drive up and over Tioga Pass was quite sensational ... here is just one scene of so many. Mono Lake was unexpected and interesting as well. And I don't know all the details of gasoline economics in the US, but Regular in Walker CA was $4.99/gallon, but a little further up Hwy 395 at Minden NV, it was $3.43/gallon - which is where we filled up of course.
I'm not sure what is causing me the most nightmares - the very near miss from the rock-slide on the John Muir Trail, or the "promise" to nutrax to try biscuits & gravy again ... both give me pause indeed.
And on the issue of the rock-slide, after some more discussion we realise that a group of about a dozen young people (8th Grade or thereabouts) accompanied by a park ranger, walked past us (from the opposite direction) only about 5-10 minutes before we struck the rock-slide area. They were the last people we saw ... so in fact they were even luckier than we were, since the slide had not occurred as they past us, but had within 5-10 minutes of that.
Had they been 5-10 minutes earlier, they could have been in the thick of it. Very sobering indeed.
And yes Willy - we did visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Beach, and it was superb, and the eucalyptus does very well right along the coast indeed. And we will certainly visit Squaw Valley and Donner Pass on 15 May - so a day too early for the State Park, but not a big concern. Tomorrow we almost circumnavigate the lake counter-clockwise ... should be fun. South Lake Tahoe is almost exactly as I expected it to be ... and anyone who has been to New Zealand will recognise Queenstown and Lake Taupo immediately.
Off for some authentic Mexican tucker next door ...
May 13, 2013 6:50 PM
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May 14, 2013 4:32 AM
But what #31 said.
May 14, 2013 6:29 PM
38A Quick Drive Around Lake Tahoe - An In-Depth Report
My take-away from this experience ... everything on the Nevada side was pretty tacky and looked a bit run-down (although with some genuine exceptions we spotted), and most things on the Californian side are more pleasant, more planned, and definitely more up-scale.
And Tahoe City is much more pleasant than South Lake Tahoe .. by a considerable margin. And this is not a quiet part of the world full of dozing retirees - last night while we slept soundly, there was a police chase in SLT along the boulevard - result: death of chasee around a pole, and meanwhile up near Donner Pass there was another police chase (that exceeded 100mph) - result: death of chasee around a pole.
Obviously police in this part of the world know how to thin the herd!
But overall - Lake Tahoe is absolutely stunning - and if your lifestyle aspirations include golf, sailing, water sports, skiing, and hiking, then you should move there immediately - prices for anything half reasonable start at about $800,000 - so don't delay!
We have ditched Truckee and Donner Pass - I couldn't face I-80 into Sacramento - we have had such placid days up until now. So we will meander along Hwy 50 and take some small detours. And if you ever wondered why The North Face outdoor gear is expensive, we found out today - the company is hosting its entire sales force at the Resort at Squaw Valley kicking off at 3:00pm with some team-building paintball or some-such in the woods. Rooms start at about $250 per night - nice place though.
Looking forward to some Gold Country and then Sacramento Wednesday.
Beautiful Emerald Bay
Sandy Harbor on the Nevada Shore
Stylish Squaw Valley
Marina at Tahoe City
May 14, 2013 6:47 PM
May 14, 2013 6:52 PM
P.S. Lobbyists--last chance. Why should Ian & his partner have breakfast at a family-owned diner, recommended by me, that has terrific American breakfasts, including biscuits & gravy? Bonus points for playing up the "family-owned diner" experience.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
May 14, 2013 7:07 PM
May 14, 2013 10:01 PM
42"Why should Ian & his partner have breakfast at a family-owned diner, recommended by me, that has terrific American breakfasts, including biscuits & gravy?"
Because if it's good, it's a hearty, delicious meal and as American as apple pie?
Listen to this song while you head to Sutter's Mill to get you in the mood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ff5P8rOCpQ
May 14, 2013 10:05 PM
43On "Bizarre Foods", Andrew Zimmern has a rule that he has to try everything (at least) twice before forming his opinion of the food. If Andrew can eat fermented shark meat twice, then Ian can eat biscuits and gravy twice.
Loving the live-blogging trip report, btw. We in California sure do love our high speed chases! Watching them unfold live on the news was one of my top hobbies after moving to Los Angeles. I was personally involved in one on I-5 going over the Grapevine about 10 years ago.... chasee and numerous cops sped by at 100+ mph. Very exciting.
May 15, 2013 4:46 AM
I'm not a fan of the dish either, and I have had good versions. To me, it's simply a matter of liking something or not based on a quality version of the product.
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