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1999 Teardrop Adventure - Page 11
by Teri Fahrendorf

24 DAYS ON THE ROAD

On the way to his house for dinner, Tim showed me the rows of stately old homes in the older section of Salt Lake City. His wife Jodi was home, and the two of them got to work cooking up a storm. I sat there relaxing with a margarita that Jodi mixed up for me. Then right in front of my very eyes she whipped up a batch of the best guacamole I'd ever tasted, then went to work on making coleslaw from scratch. Meanwhile Tim worked on the coals and the ribs, and the homemade baked beans were already in the oven. In between all this, Jodi managed to give me a tour of the house, and Tim showed me their construction projects, which included a new roof and wood deck. I was very impressed, especially with their prowess and teamwork in the kitchen. A little while later Jenny and Dale arrived, and we all sat down to dinner and fabulous conversation. A memorable last night in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the morning I got up just as Jenny was leaving for work. She had set out some cereal and a banana for me - what a sweetheart. After a shower, I said my goodbyes to the dogs, Peyson, and Callie, an akita, which they told me was a Japanese breed, bred to hunt bear. (And he looked like a bear too.)

Heading northwest, the scenery was somewhat nondescript until I got to Idaho. Harvest had descended upon Idaho, and evidence of it was everywhere. Lots of corn, hay and alfalfa fields. It was interesting to note that in Montana they rolled the hay into giant round bales, while in Idaho it is made into huge rectangular bales. Stopped in Idaho Falls to check out Shoshone Falls and the Thousand Springs area. Neither was as spectacular as I was expecting, mainly due to the fact that you can only view them at a great distance.

It was really hot that day. Pulled back onto Hwy 84 and headed west. I felt sad as I really felt I was heading home now, and I was having such a great trip that I didn't want to head home yet. Saw a sign for Three Island Crossing State Park, so I exited the highway to find camping for the night. Followed the signs through Glenns Ferry, Idaho, to the park. Along the way I noticed signs also pointing to Carmela Winery Restaurant. Decided that would be a good place for dinner.
Checked out the campground and backed into a spot. I had gotten pretty good at backing the teardrop up. The winery restaurant was right next-door, and in fact had conveniently placed signs along a trail leading from the campground, past a vineyard, to the winery-restaurant-golf course complex. Wonderful!

Walked through the tasting room to the restaurant. Clean and tastefully decorated and with only one other table occupied. Picked a table facing the white bluffs across the Snake River. This would be the one fine-dining restaurant meal of my 24-day trip, and I wanted it to be great. Luckily the Carmela Winery-Restaurant didn't let me down. My server, Nancy, recommended the local farm-raised sturgeon, and to this seafood lover, it was heaven. Buffalo burgers and boneless ribs are nice, but there is nothing like a fresh piece of fish cooked over a wood fired grill. Mmmm!

Click here to go to 1999 Teardrop Adventure Page 12.

The story is 16 short pages total. You can jump to other sections of the story here:

Page 1 - Departure
Page 2 - Washington
Page 3 - Idaho
Page 4 - Glacier
Page 5 - Montana
Page 6 - Yellowstone
Page 7 - Tetons
Page 8 - Denver
Page 9 - Colorado
Page 10 - Utah
Page 11 - Idaho Again
Page 12 - Wild Horses
Page 13 - Oregon
Page 14 - Enterprise
Page 15 - Lovely Drive
Page 16 - Home Again

And here are some recipes:

Recipe 1 - Pancakes
Recipe 2 - Guacamole
Recipe 3 - Bread


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