Same trip.... back the other way.... Bullhead City to Bakersfield

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this is the internet cafe I used...

We arrived in Bullhead City and ate at Perkins Restaurant. I don't want to talk about it .... I wanted a local restaurant but didn't know of any to recommend... so Perkins it was. The meal was good. But I still don't want to talk about it.....

Sunday morning we ate at David's mom's house. It was oatmeal and fruit. Actually better than a restaurant. We shopped at Ross for several hours and went to coffee. We went to Avi for dinner. (Avi is a casino on the Nevada side). David read that the Avi Indian Harvest Buffet had Greek food. We found the buffet but it didn’t have Greek food. It had a large amount of Mexican food, Italian food, Chinese food, some meats and a million desserts. We decided to stay. I got Chinese food and practiced with chopsticks.

our car at one of the rest stops
It was a good meal. My mom had three desserts. She was so proud that she picked them up herself on her walker… just lined them up on the seat! (moms… gotta love ’em) Everyone had fun.

Our moms wanted to go play on the penny machines. David and I wanted to find an internet connection and my dad wanted to play 21. David and I found out the internet would connect in the food court by Panda and Subway. My dad has macular degeneration and has limited vision in the dark. He got set up in the card area. He did amazingly well maneuvering and playing cards at the different tables. But he didn’t come out a huge winner. Our mothers found a penny machine and gambled their hearts out. My mom was the big winner of the night with $12.42. She did have $12.43 but dad dropped a penny… (Oh… the harassment he has gotten about that darned penny).

SS Minnow ... Poor Gilligan is really lost now!!

Monday morning David took me to a place to use the internet while everyone got ready for breakfast. It was called the Fire House.  It was a great place with lots of police and fire things.  I really enjoyed it and the coffee I had.   But they were no longer serving breakfast when everyone got there soooo...... We went to breakfast at IHOP…. I don’t want to talk about it. I wanted a local restaurant but I didn’t know of any.(I know I am repeating myself…) The breakfast was actually quite good. I do have to say IHOP has it together…. Their only issue is the macaroni and cheese on the children’s menu …. Everyone adult wants it and they only offer it to under 12’s unless the manager approves it……. That’s a big mistake because I have only been to IHOP two times in the last 35 years and both times the mac and cheese were an issue….

Ok….they need to offer it as a side order. Nuff said….

We shopped part of the day. David was our driver. My mom hadn’t shopped in a long time and OMG… she is a shopping fool. Wow. She bought Dad ten shirts. When she finally wore out we went home to regroup. Helen chose a little restaurant near her house. It was a really cute restaurant called De Angelo on Riverside Drive. It was a tiny little place. Great salad bar. Great ravioli. Great Eggplant parmesan. Fun waitresses. Local place. I was happy. The prices were incredibly reasonable.

We decided we would stay until Wednesday. But sadly when we saw the weather for the Los Angeles and San Bernardino area David decided we have to leave early as the winds were supposed to reach 40 MPH with heavy rain and we are driving a van.

David & I.... Mom and Dad....
We were really sorry to have to leave a day early but the weather was too bad to stay longer.

On Tuesday morning(after first going to a coffee shop with wi fi to show Helen and my mom the blogs and pictures.  We then shopped some and did some  exchanging  of the prior days purchases) we headed out towards Eureka. We expected rain and wind.

As we drove the wind was whipping and the rain was pelting on the windshield. Then it got ice particles then sleet then we got SNOW! Lots and lots of snow.

Bad news for us as it’s a new van and we hadn’t purchased chains yet. (it’s on our list now). We drove across the desert towards the Tehachapi mountains on highway 58.

David and I with Garth (yes, david closed his eyes but I'm pretty sure garth did too...)
There was snow on the road and on the sides about 4 inches deep. We didn’t slip but we didn’t have four wheel drive if we did start to slip. David stopped at a gas station and we carefully walked in across the snow and water to use their restroom. At any time mom and I thought we would wind up on the ground… laughing while we walked didn’t help.

We loaded back up…. It was a little exciting to see the snow… every once in a while mom would roll down the window so I could take a picture without the window tinting…. We crested the highest part and the snow stopped and it began to warm up. The rest of the trip to Bakersfield was uneventful….but at least I saw some snow…..

We decided to stay at the La Quinta again.

Band on stage
I wanted to go to the Buck Owens Crystal Palace for dinner. The sad thing was I didn’t remember anything about it except the street T-boned where it was….. So we started out…. I got nervous about where it was (I have no sense of direction) and I told David to turn into the hotel next to ours as it had a restaurant. And then from that parking lot we saw the next place was the Buck Owens Restaurant…. So it wasn’t up the street. It was three doors down from our motel and not located at a T intersection. The dinner we had was way above average. Huge portions (big enough that when I go back I’ll ask for a half plate or get a hamburger). The inside was great. There was a convertible turned sideways on one wall. Statues of country singers, show cases full of memorabilia, and millions of pictures. Buck Owens was on Hee Haw so there was one display dedicated to that show. We were surprised when a group got onto the stage and sang. We listened for an hour and really enjoyed it. We’ll definitely go back.

Tomorrow we are going on to Sacramento. I am hoping to stop by and see Roger and Judy in Visalia (X_Drive and Hummingbird) if they are available.

 

 

sylviandavid says:
Hi Valerie, It was fun! A nice surprise that there was a show.... Dad enjoyed it too.... Love you! Sylvia
Posted on: Jan 21, 2010
valerieb says:
Everyone looks so happy in the restaurant picture!! Despite a little snow looks like a great trip. Yay for you!
Angie said to let you know you are featured today...I couldn't find where she was referring to.
Have a safe, fun trip home!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2010
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this is the internet cafe I used...
this is the internet cafe I used...
our car at one of the rest stops
our car at one of the rest stops
SS Minnow ... Poor Gilligan is rea…
SS Minnow ... Poor Gilligan is re…
David & I.... Mom and Dad....
David & I.... Mom and Dad....
David and I with Garth (yes, david…
David and I with Garth (yes, davi…
Band on stage
Band on stage
Internet cafe... Fire fighter shir…
Internet cafe... Fire fighter shi…
Hmmmmmm   low fog bank in distance
Hmmmmmm low fog bank in distance
a quick look at the desert
a quick look at the desert
a train whizzing by
a train whizzing by
the odd trees at the rest stop... …
the odd trees at the rest stop...…
snow is starting!!
snow is starting!!
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
snow
Windmills in the dnow
Windmills in the dnow
wind mills
wind mills
wind mills
wind mills
rocks
rocks
snow in the mountains
snow in the mountains
a farm house in the snow
a farm house in the snow
snow stopped
snow stopped
Train
Train
spooky tree outlined.....
spooky tree outlined.....
snow in the hills....barely there
snow in the hills....barely there
We arrived!
We arrived!
La Quinta Suites
La Quinta Suites
the wild floor carpeting
the wild floor carpeting
Buck Owens Crystal Palace... the …
Buck Owen's Crystal Palace... the…
buck owens restaurant
buck owens restaurant
buck Owens Restaurant
buck Owens Restaurant
restaurant
restaurant
restaurant... it was really cute i…
restaurant... it was really cute …
blurry picture.... but I kept it
blurry picture.... but I kept it
My Steak, Mashed potatoes and gree…
My Steak, Mashed potatoes and gre…
band on state
band on state
a jacket with sequins
a jacket with sequins
memorabilia
memorabilia
Buck and wayne newton ...
Buck and wayne newton ...
buck as a pilgrim
buck as a pilgrim
Hee Haw....
Hee Haw....
rhinestone coat
rhinestone coat
jacket with sequins
jacket with sequins
Sylvia singing a duet with Garth B…
Sylvia singing a duet with Garth …
Garth brooks
Garth brooks
singer
singer
Taking a bow with Garth...
Taking a bow with Garth...
The King
The King
Elvis
Elvis
singer
singer
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
singer
singer
Buck Owens
Buck Owens
crystal windows....
crystal windows....
Crystal windows
Crystal windows
Bakersfield
photo by: sylviandavid