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Monday, February 27, 2017

A Sunday jaunt

Hubby and I head up north, first to breakfast at Rock Springs café

Who are well known for their pies but trust me....they have an amazing breakfast. I have written about this place before and how it got it's name from a rock spring behind it but I had never gone back there before ........... boy what a surprise!

They have lots of seating and have parties out here it seems...
and check out the flagstone...
 comes from where I grew up.

From here we headed on up 1-17 freeway to the Crown King turn off. Although it is only 27 miles from the freeway it takes more than an hour to get there because of the roads..
Many places are one car only wide and many are on blind curves.

You go from 1,000 feet elevation to 5,700 feet and of course the scenery changes right with it. There is no telling what you might see along the way...

 Isn't she sweet and look at those ears! Guess that is why she is called a mule deer.

The goal is the saloon. It has been open since 1916 and featured a 7 room bordello on the second floor. Now it is just filled with old timers, Once dollar bills stuck to the wall of the bar,
and a rip roaring fire..
 look how worn the floor is..

After some refreshment we decided to be really brave it and headed up to Horse Thief basin, now mind you were are not in a four wheel drive...

We encountered snow as we climbed..
This area was devastated by fire in 1972 as easily seen.

We climbed and climbed but finally gave up and settled for this top of the world view...

We headed back to Crown King and decided we would have lunch  at the Mill. I didn't get any pictures but be sure to go to the web site to see some...!1s0x872cc6d378463a57%3A0x8f6f81e6486c9331!2m19!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m13!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!3m1!7e115!!5sthe%20mill%20at%20crown%20king%20-%20Google%20Search&imagekey=!1e3!2s-isCPHF9ac8o%2FV_wfX4B7BSI%2FAAAAAAAABPs%2FzwXsYh_YB1sTX2imN9WB8oaa_TvckZ3bgCLIB&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjygrvw-LDSAhWrjFQKHYe5AtAQoioIeDAO
 I know it is long but it shows a lot of pictures. This place is constructed almost entirely of recycled material from area mines including a huge grinding machine in the main dining room. To say this place is rustic would be putting it mild and I was not sure that we should eat here but hubby and I shared a open face chili hamburger with potato salad and it was terrific!! It was cold and even the waitresses had coats on but so glad we stopped.

It was time to head back the same way we came up and as we drew near to Rock springs I told the hubby...Pecan pie is calling me!!

Nothing like a day of sight seeing and eating:)


Tired Teacher said...

What a fun adventure - gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Worn wooden floors usually means it was once a dance hall. I miss places like that.

Pecan pie, too? It sounds like a perfect day.

Michelle said...

Sight seeing and eating? My favorite combo! The saloon looks like a fun place to visit.

Granny Annie said...

It has been a while since you shared one of your great adventures with us. Glad you did. Enjoyed ever bit.

betty said...

Been to Rock Springs but not any other part of your adventure. Looked like fun and something we might need to do down the road. Bought a pike from Rock Springs (apple) but never got a piece of it, LOL (for son/DIL for a party they were having and we left before they got to dessert :)


Debbie said...

this sounds like such a fun road trip, one i would really enjoy!! low key, off the beaten path a little - not a ton of people!! rock springs is beautiful and i liked the saloon, what a great place to see - i hope it continues to thrive!!!