In the summer of 2003, Charlotte and I decided to take a trip across the country by rental car (why a rental? Don't ask--it's complicated, dull, and annoying.), stopping at various friends along the way, seeing the sights, and culminating in our annual visit to the Burningman festival in Nevada. This is the diary we kept along the way.
|25-26||Hot Springs AR|
|?||Oklahoma City OK|
|31||Mesa Verde CO|
|?||Grand Canyon AZ|
|11-13||Los Angeles CA|
|16-24||San Francisco CA|
|24-Sept 1||Black Rock City NV|
|2||Salt Lake City UT|
Google doesn't believe "repatinating" is a real word, but the National Parks Service does. Apparently, many petroglyphs are slowly succumbing to said scourge even as I write this.
I've gotten really behind on my cullinary prose.
OK City featured breakfast at Classen's, a low hot-pink structure just off the freeway, and another Eat Yo' Way tip. Scruffy/funky interior, a menu that's a good mix of the stylish and the familiar. The mesmerizing OJ machine would give Krispy Kreme a run for its money for entertainment value. We each had nice burrito-y things, and Lotte ordered Classen potatoes--deep-fried mashed potato balls dipped in ranch dressing. Quite yummy.
In Albuquerque (which I've finally learned to spell) we went to El Norteno, a mexican joint with excellent tortillas, goat burritos,and a waiter who was friendly to the point of unctuousness.
Breakfast today I shall treat on in a subsequent entry.
For lunch, sick of asking Mapquest for Eat Your Way addreses, we set out to find a random café and ended up at the Pink Café, an attractive spot in the touristy part of Santa Fe with satisfying and inexpensive spicy stews, decent beignet, and overpriced mixed drinks.
After some hours of wandering around Santa Fe, we felt like a little supper. Lotte picked the AmeriCafe, which looked to be the sort of cutey-wootey "retro" pseudo-diner that usually gets on my nerves. However, the small meal we had was very impressive, showing attention to detail without show-offiness. The fried chicken was crisp and tender, the coleslaw was light with just a little mustard, the mashed potatoes with gravy were tasty & rich.