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Old 09-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #11
calimusjohn OP
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Location: Sprague River, OR & Salome, AZ
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An Evening with Sandman

An evening with Sandman
By 9:00 P.M. I had eaten enough ice and drunk enough liquids to ensure a multi up/down night. My appetite had returned, so I ventured forth into the night to seek sustenance. The Sandman had a door from the lobby directly into the Denny's Restaurant. Great, I thought. When I entered, I could feel the a tension in the air. The booths and tables were occupied, but there was no food on the tables. Low murmurings sounded like a lot of barely suppressed anger. At the entrance, was a line of folks that went out onto the sidewalk and ended at the Italian Tour buses parked at the curb. I asked, "Uh, What's going on?" I will shorten the answers. . . two tour buses, nearly fifty hungry people . . . One cook - one waitress that went into the rest room and has not come out in thirty minutes - not a happy group. They had been there for over an hour. I decided that perhaps with a bit of luck I could walk to where things were a bit less tense.
A block away, a neon sign flashed "Earl's Lounge" over and over. Across the street was a hamburger stand. Earl won. I openned the door and was hit with cold air, loud music and scantily clad waitresses. How lucky can I guy get? Two - not one - two waitresses escorted me to a table in the dimly lit lounge. Well, not all that dim because there was a BIG flatscreen T.V. on each of the walls displaying four different sporting events. Booths around the perimeter seemed to hold just one couple and they didn't seem to be interested in the other sporting events around and above them. I was fortunate. The kitchen was still open. The menu: Earl's World Renown Hamburger with Fries. Nope. That was it. Perhaps the late hour precluded anything else. I drank two full sized glasses of "Virgin Ice Tea," served by a young lady wearing what I remember as a Peasant's blouse, who liked to bend over - a lot . . . while waiting on my Earl Burger. Macho Man music accompanied the action on the muted T.V. screens. It has been many a year since I was in a Meat Market. They haven't changed much. I have. Eventually a plate arrived with Earl's finest - with a bonus - a big Dill pickle. Tasty. I enjoyed the floor show, smiled a lot at some obscure memories, paid my $30.00 tab and returned to the Sandman. 24 hour Denny's was closed.
Checkout in the morning revealed the room rate as $100.00. I actually thought it would be more. It was very nice. You know - where the bath towels are 1/2 inch thick - a bathrobe is provided - two kinds of shampoo, etc. Headed north. The country is getting rounder - not as many vertical rock walls - still have high mountains running alongside. The vegetation next to the highway is so thick that it is impossible to walk through. I have no idea how big critters move through, maybe they don't. That may be why when I saw my first moose, I saw three. Two were standing with their heads stuck in the vegetation - kind of like - head in sand hideing - the third was mixed with vehicle parts and covered about a hundred yards of pavement. Grim. Along with the scrunched together vegetation - are miles upon miles of dead pine trees - millions of them killed by an infestation of the Western Pine Beetle. The western United States has them also and they are devastating. Another observation. Birds. Few L.B.J.'s. Those are the: Little Black/Brown Jobbies. Quite a few Ravens, and ducks, but only two Sparrows, and one Golden Eagle.
I camped beside the Peace River. Nice grounds. $15.00. No water. No showers. No electricity. No WiFi. Nice grounds.
One more obs: A&W Root beer = $2.68. Hamburgers = minimum $!0.00. Standard breakfasts run from $14.00 to $20.00.

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