We are one of the few people in the world who have a Father who in a couple months will turn 100. He enjoys visitors more than just about anything and that is the main reason we headed on this driving trip. We had a good time with him, the brothers and sister, the nephews and nieces and even the great nephews and nieces. Really good visit.
One of the things we noticed on this trip was that cost of food on the road. First the good news. No one comes even close to the cost of California. Where has the price of eating out on the road gone up the most from our last trips? North Dakota and Montana. Could it be the money coming into those states from the energy business?
Service at the businesses we used on the road were exceptional. Hotels, restaurants and every other place, the people were friendly, helpful and very were happy with how things are going for them at home and work. Funny…so different from what you hear on the cable news channels.
Finally a very interesting story from this trip. Our favorite restaurant for years on our trips is without a doubt is the Cracker Barrel. We have eaten at them all over the United States(three times this trip) Never ate at one in California because there isn’t one. Here is why. Talking to a person directly involved in getting their first Cracker Barrel in California here is what is happening.
Eight years ago, the company decided to try again in opening their first California restaurant this time in Victorville. Great location on the 15 highway. It is due to open maybe, hopefully, possibly by the end of this year. Every thing that you can imagine to slow down a business from opening in a state was thrown in against the company. They have finally broken ground and are going to stick with it to the bloody end. Sad isn’t it?
Finally, the trip is done but our memories about the experience will last as long as we are around.