The time came to slowly start making our way back from where we came but not before one more stop at our favorite Bend brewery, Rat Hole Brew Pub. Owners Al and Susan have done a great job with their start-up enterprise and we wish them much success. Along with the growler filled with their Fence Post Porter, I had to have another smoked brat and Karen had the pulled pork sliders with Kimchi – wow, their food is as good as their beer! Head chef, Kurtis, came out and chatted with us for awhile and then handed Karen his recipe for the Kimchi that he had been busy writing down as we ate. We’re going to miss this place but Al told us where we could buy bottles of their porter in town so we made that our next stop.
We made an overnight stop in Twin Falls, Idaho, so we could see in person what we saw a painting of in a Jackson art gallery, Shoshone Falls.
We both agree it was well worth the stop. However, it would be that evening before the true purpose of routing ourselves through Salt Lake City would be fulfilled. That, of course, was the required overnight stop in Sandy, Utah, so we could have dinner at Los Cucos Mexican Cafe, our favorite restaurant back home! After all the chips and salsa we could handle in one sitting, which was just as good as we get at home, we both had the beef fajita enchiladas, also just like home. Heck, our waiter was even named José, just like at home! But we weren’t done yet. Knowing it would be four long weeks before we could do it again (back home), we had them fill the quart jar, that Karen so wisely brought just for this purpose, with their best-ever salsa. Jake and Peggy didn’t get left out, either, since we also got a couple of beef fajita tacos to go. That should keep us happy living wherever we go for the next few weeks!