However, Today I took a road trip eastward from La Mesa to Barrett Junction Cafe and Mercantile for both breakfast and to put a few more miles on my six month old new Camry.
Preliminary observations: In that part of the country up in the mountains every thing runs slower. The passing of 10 minutes in La Mesa is actually equal to 20-30 minutes in Barrett Junction. Now don't get me wrong. You see, waiting is not waiting up in the mountains. It is sort of like being transported to another star system. Expectations are different. The passing of time is irrelevant. While your chow is being magically prepared in a kitchen, the smiling, friendly, helpful, cheerful, dining room hostess and waitress and server (Yep, she does it all) appears at just the right time with a coffee cup holding at least 2/3 quart of fresh java, and a little chit-chat. At that moment listening to country yeehaw-music and sipping hot Joe makes "today" a good day to be alive.
The food was tasty, and there was plenty of it. I dined on a Denver Omelette, toast and jelly, hash brown potatoes, and 1/2 bottle of Ketchup.
Now before I take my award winning afternoon nap, here for your perusal are some pictures from beyond the maddening crowded freeways and byways of the city:
|A hard working young lady|
|Old timey painted signs, not the inglorious graffiti of the city.|
|Carved bear doing pull-ups!|
|The "Back Woods Quintet" whistling, "We all is a wishing|
y'all is gonna leave your table scraps in the trash can
outside the cabin door!"
|The Chief has a point there. (Man, I can hear the puns already!)|
|Mr. rabbit said to me, "Hey, yeah you, you with the Panama hat |
on your head, come on in to my hutch if you ain't afraid." I was
afraid of a talking rabbit standing in a door way of a very dark shed.
|Wood carving of lizard (?) .|
|Owl wood carving|
|Looked like a hand made and hand painted wooden cowboy|
cafe hawker. Sweet!
|Another front porch hawker to draw you into the Cafe of Barrett|
Lake and its many delights.
|"Looks like ol' Captain Zeelow's|
road trip was a success. And I'm
bettin' he will find his mojo
again. Pretty good start if you