Snake River campground with all you can eat pancake breakfast

I’m jumping a ahead on our travel because I got behind while I had no cell service and lost 2 completed ready to post blogs. 

Last night we stayed at the cutest campground I’ve ever seen. Snake River RV park and campgrounds. We pulled up planning to stay over night in the tent we brought. Tent camping makes my trips much cheaper. 

When my hubby went to pay he asked if these mini cabins up front were availed? Wouldn’t you know cabin “#2” just got cancelled. For a grand total of $50 we got to stay in a cabin with a queen sized bed and a bunk bed. The screened Windows and ceiling fan was perfect. 

They gave us a stuffed snake with our receipt as a thank you please come again gift. 

After a nice hot shower I was exhausted. I tuned into the SF Giants game on Sirius radio and fell dead asleep. No idea who won the game. 

Waking with the sun I showered again since my hair was sticking straight up. Going to sleep with wet hair is never good. 

Dressed for the day I remembered the all you can eat pancake breakfast for $3.00. Settling down eating as much as I could equaled this. 

About 1 pancake and half a sausage link. Everybody who knows me knows I’ll be stuffed until dinner. 

Now it’s time to pack up and hit the road to Yellowstone.

Come join me in my adventure…. I’m ready to go!!!!!

Just driving around 

Leaving Nevada crossing back into California heading north to Oregon. Not a lot to see or stop at on this drive. Didn’t have cell service for most of the drive. It made stop and think about how traveling has changed so much since I took road trips with my mom and sister. First having cell phones with the ability to navigate and reserve a place to stay for the night. Since no cell service at some rest stops we actually saw pay phones. I don’t think I’ve seen one in years. 
Next I realized how I take for granted having music without changing channels. I don’t listen to regular radio often. I listen to KGO AM station that airs the San Francisco  Giants games  or Golden State Warriors. Even then it’s usually my satellite stations on Sirius XM. When traveling now the stations on satellite stay constant. No static then turn dials looking for the local station playing the music you listen to. If you were lucky you’d see a billboard with a radio station call letters and channel. These billboards saved so much headache, I hate the sound of static. Like nails on a chalkboard (shivers). I also play music my iPhone, which brings up cell phones and everything we do on our phones. Like typing my blog while my husband drives. Thing have changed for sure. 

I have to make sure I put the phone and ereader down so I don’t miss anything. Some of my best stops come from stopping at small stores and diners I find with my eyes and not Google. 

Mystery of the Roadside “SHOE TREE?”

Driving north on California highway 395, about 14 miles south of a little town called Doyle we passed a “tree of shoes”. One quick u-turn later and we pulled up to a man made odditie that needed a closer look. 


It was amazing. Hundreds of shoes hanging from the limbs like fruit Some that had fallen to the dirt below. As I got closer I noticed people had also signed the trunk and branches. 


While reading and admiring this amazing site, two young girls pulled in beside our truck. I greeted them and asked if they knew anything about this shoe tree. They had no idea either. In fact they had flipped a u-turn to come view the tree closer as well. They were driving opposite of us going south. 

I asked their names and where they were from. Journie and K ayla (beautiful names btw) were driving almost opposite of us coming from Oregon and headed through Las Vegas then to Yosemite. They are on their own two week road trip. I asked if they would like to pose as if placing their offerings on this roadside attraction and be a part of my blog. As you can see they jumped in and posed for me. I told them I would investigate why the tree of shoes existed and post it in a few days since cell service was scarce on this stretch of highway. 


I bid them safe travels and wished for them to arrive home untouched, unticketed and unharmed. A small prayer an old friend used to say whenever traveling. 

I added my own gift to the tree. A bright sequined pair of slippers signed and dated as Shotgun a Rider. Hubby added a lottery ticket and a penny. 


Now I need to search for answers to the roadside shoe tree…..

To be continued..,…….

Our mystery adventure

Leaving Reno we have no idea where we are going or what our landing stop is tonight. The only decision we have made is head north. 

Kind of scary since I’m a planner and like to be prepared. While driving we like to stop at unique stores. Again, not chain retail stores or outlets. It’s a lot more fun talking to store owners and they appreciate your business in general. If I find any of those places on this mystery drive it will be my next post. Well, that or where we eat. I don’t want this trip to be entirely about food however. 

The real adventure starts today!

No chain restaurants on road trips~ Meal #1

Shotgun Rider Road Trips Rule #1

No chain restaurants. If we can help it. We try our best on this one. other rules are more flexible. We will go over other rules as we travel. 

We have made a deal to avoid all chain restaurants on our road trips. With that said I will post food and other pictures of where we eat. I will try to give my honest opinion of these locations too. 

Our 1st meal was at The Depot in Reno, Nevada. It’s on 4th street. http://thedepotreno.com/

We stumbled upon this trendy looking resturant when I decided I didn’t like my original dinning choice which was nearby. 

The front of The Depot is bright, clean and very inviting. They have indoor and patio seating. We chose to sit inside. 

The menu was trendy, moderately priced and would please just about anyone. Lots of food I’m sure paired well with their beers. Since I don’t drink beer I was glad the food tasted good even without washing it down with a cold one. 

We ordered from the dinner menu. 

Snacks: Poutine, Pickled Green Beans (pickled in house) and the Charcuterie Board. 

For our main meal we spilt the Marinated Tri-tip. 

(See more pictures of our meal below)

The Charcuterie Board had 3 cheeses, a goat, blue, and a cow with lavender. The meat was salami, Italian prosciutto and Smoked prosciutto. The bread was fresh. The sides were whole grain mustard and a local honey. I have decided this trip should truly be an adventure, so I tasted everything even though I’ve told myself I don’t like blue or goat cheese. It was delicious. Guess you never know until your try. 

The pickled green bean were a new and different snack. I love all pickled veggies so I was good with these too. 


For those readers who don’t know, Poutine is fries, gravy and cheese curd. Never heard of it until I became a food tv fanatic. That’s for a different post though. The Depot used an oxtail gravy. These were my favorite. Chunks of oxtail meat in the gravy, creamy cheese curds and yummy fries. 


Lastly the tri tip was tender, not over cooked and so tasty. Hubby devoured that plates of meat and cheesy potatoes. 

The Depot Craft Brewery Disillery was a yummy satisfying dinner find.


Sorry I can’t give a review of the beers. Hubby and I just don’t drink much and I never drink with meals. That’s also more for my about me page. 

Our waitress Bethany was very attentive and awesome! Ask for her to be your server while you dine. If you do stop by, tell Bethany Shotgun rider blog sent you. I don’t get anything for it just think it would be cool if someone tried them out just because they read my blog 😁


We walked out to the patio area and found some folks playing corn hole while having a cocktail. Just another fun thing at The Depot.

Eve of my Road Trip or Getting ready for my trip 

I’m a list maker. I like to write down everything I want to pack and I try to be very thorough. Everything from blankets, tarps, first aid kit and other off the wall things you’d never imagine but have come in handy making my husband stop doubting my packing techniques.  

However on this day before we start this trip I can’t seem get it all together. I’ve packed enough clothes. Check. Everything not so much. 

We have purchased new bikes to add exercise to our trips. I have been riding for 2 days and my legs are feeling it making me not want to worry about what still needs to be packed. Guess if we forget something it’s not like we can’t find it, do without it or buy it. It definitely adds mystery to this trip.