We've settled into the new way of driving being on the 25% team. Long gone are the days of driving 11 hours, stopping just long enough to put in your mandatory break, and then taking off for another day of 11 hours of driving. With trips of no longer than 200-400 miles, the days are now quite relaxing, although I must confess there are still days, or should I say nights of driving. But as Craig says, 5 hours driving at night isn't as bad as 11 hours.
We're discovering new joints to take the place of the ones we had to give up when we went regional. No longer can we plan on a great meal at Dos Amigos in Weed, CA, but we can count on a fantastic meal at Ramblin' Jacks Rib Eye in Chehalis, Washington, off exit 72 on Interstate 5.
We were not disappointed, and can see why Ramblin' Jacks is known as Chehalis' best restaurant. We started our meal with deep fried dill pickles, and made a mental note to try the deep fried bacon and gravy as an appetizer the next time we stop there. Craig had a tri tip french dip sandwich, and I had a bacon/blue cheese burger, but swapped out regular fries for sweet potato fries. We only finish half of our lunch as we wanted to leave room to try a dessert.
We opted for the cowboy cookie, which was a warm chocolate chip cookie, piled high with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. We we both happy that we had only eaten half of our lunch, as we had no problem finishing off the dessert. They offer quite an array of dessert with include fresh from scratch fruit pies in season.