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Okay, so I admit it, I never have known the name of the place. It is on the west end of town, on the right, next to one service station and across from the other and kitty-corner from the road that leads to black rock ranch that motor homes are advised to avoid. It also serves great hamburgers, shakes, and other grill food. have eaten there off and on for 50 years. Even before it was what it is today it was a lunch counter. Pop and I used to go fishing at Silver Creek and Bend did not have a decent place to stop.
Favorite Dish: It is justly famous--okay so it is not known in Paris, who cares what they think--for its wonderful, full flavored, homemade ice-cream and for me, the licorice shakes are only one step from whatever it was that made people kill to get a taste from the holy grail. Yes, the prices are high, it is always crowded and busy. How many people pay to go to the garbage dump and wait for the chance to see the trash? You get what you pay for and in this instance, it is good food, well cooked, and if you can keep from looking at the stressed out cook, the atmosphere is almost carnivale. After eating you can always head up the mountains to the south to some of the lakes, catch some fish, wrap them in butter, onions, tin foil and throw 'em into a fire until the foil is crinkly. nice after hamburger snack.
Written Jan 27, 2006
Of course, the bar is up to what you can carry in. For a weekend or short trip, you can always get away with a bottle of wine. A longer trip, maybe you want to stick to the hip flask. And, of course, the traditional way to enjoy the view along with that scotch is a good cigar. Sit back and watch the mountains change in the evening sky and as the weather dictates.
Dress Code: No coat or tie. Probably best if no jeans, as once wet, they tend to stay wet. Sneakers are fine, though I prefer Chaco sandals.
Written Aug 22, 2005
There are other lakes in the Chambers group once you reach Camp Lake. They require you to climb other one moraine or another. They are secreted away in the geologic complexity of the Three Sisters. The largest lake is Carver Lake which is almost due south of Camp Lake and another 800 feet higher. Another lake can be reached up the obvious path that ascends the moraine just to the west of Camp Lake. Climb up the moraine and wander the bench above and you will see yet another lake to the southwest. Pass far enough and you will eventually meet the Pacific Crest Trail, though you still will have to come back.
Written Aug 22, 2005