My Disneyland experiences from childhood to the present. Ride tickets to general admission. The joys of attending with babies and toddlers using all Disney has to offer making your life easier. Also how to make Disney magical even after you’ve attended year after year. There’s always something new to keep the magic alive if you look hard enough and if you believe.
Last year Hubby and I ran across a candy called an Idaho Spud. Heres the face I made when I took a bite back then.
It was the nastiest candy I’ve ever eaten. It was very deceptive too as it tasted nothing like a potato. I guess that would be good for a chocolate candy but at least potatoes taste good.
Fast forward to this year. We stopped to get gas and I bought another one because I feel like my kids should try it too. I need a second opinion and I’ve always heard you have to try it twice before you decided you don’t like it. I asked the cashier if she’d ever tried one and she smirked. She told me it was her grandpa’s favorite candy. I added “it’s the grossest candy I’ve ever eaten” and laughed. She said “yeah she thought it was pretty bad too”.
Not only did they have an Idaho Spud but they had a Huckleberry Gem. Had to buy one of those too. It’s by the same candy maker. They can’t make two nasty candies can they?
Number 3 son was the only brace sole willing to try the Idaho Spud. He ate a small piece. Chewed slowly and said it wasn’t bad. When I asked he wanted more he politely said “No thanks”.
Ok so I broke my rule about no chain restaurants. Well in my defense it was an old style A&W Drive-in. On a hot day. It really love coney dogs and rootbeer floats. I caved ok! So we stopped at a place in Montana before getting to Glacier National Park.
This location had the old drive in order speakers and a few other details that made it special. I even met a few fellow Warriors fans. They saw my 2017 NBA Finals hat. Turns out, Tatiana was from the Bay Area too. She was showing her live of the team with her Strength in Numbers tee.
On to my coney dog and rootbeer float, take 2. After leaving Glacier and driving a few hours away, hubby found me another A&W.
This time I added onion rings. Unfortunately this coney dog did not even come close to the first one. Maybe it was because I was so hungry the first time, but it just did not hit the spot. In fact I only took two bites. The float was ok but they put it in a paper cup. Having it in a chilled glass mug is the only way to have it.
It was good, just not great. Breaking “my no chain restaurant” rule was necessary. Don’t judge me.
What is your favorite road trip food stop? The one that you’ll instantly take the exit for when you see it.
I spent a few hours after we returned answering emails and completing feedback requests frim hotels, camping sites, restaurants and sightseeing locations from our trip. When you’re staying away from home for 17 days that’s a lot of places to rate.
Most places were rated as excellent. Some were just ok. A few were completely bad. There is no way I could recommend them. I will go into more details about the individual locations another time.
Like I said most stays were excellent. I try to complete all of my opinions and experiences. Not just the negative ones. Plus within a negative experience there may have been a bright side. An employee who did everything right but wasn’t able to correct the problem. That employee deserves the recognition for their positive effort.
I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to an overnight stay. A hotel needs to be clean with clean bedding and have a working toilet, shower and mainly bathtub. I enjoy soaking in a tub after sitting in the truck for so long and especially after hiking around hills or downtown for hours. One day we walked over 15 miles. Yep, I was looking forward to a bubble bath that night. Unfortunately that was the night in Victoria at the lighthouse, no shower or tub available until the following day.
If I’m camping out then I want flushable, non-smelly toilets, a clean shower and hopefully quiet time. It’s camping after all so you can’t expect too much. I do my best to not camp near killer beasts like bears. The less bugs the better but that ines hard to control. The location dictates the bug problem. I never needs my Shoo-Fly device so I have no idea if it works or not. I’ll have to try it on our next trip.
I filled out a few from restaurants after completing our meal as well.
In my other part time job, these surveys are highly coveted by the corporate offices. Proudly I will say I have a very large number of highly satisfied customers who have completed the feedback email. My employer does offer a discount on the customers next purchase if they complete the survey, but still they are completing it with a positive experience and those positives ones are hard to get. Most customers only write about the negative parts.
So I ask you:
- Do you fill out feedback forms?
- Do you only fill them out if you get a freebie or discount by providing your experience?
- Do you only fill them out for negative experiences?
- How important do you think these feedback requests are and do you think they make a difference?
Ironically while writing this blog I just received another hotel Etsy feedback request. Off to complete that one while it’s fresh in my mind. Incidentally it was a positive experience.
I’ll let you know if I get any responses from my recent road trip.
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Traveling through Idaho my stomach was rumbley. I was starving. Not a whole lot of choices that were not fast food restaurants. Seeing the signs for a small town up ahead with a sign for Sam’s, we took the next exit.
It looks like an old drive-in. Covered parking where you can imagine roller skating waitresses carrying burgers and fries to waiting customers. Walking in the doors I saw a hometown dinner filled with locals. As new customers came in they were greeted by their first name. I think the tables and booths could handle about 60 customers. I loved the atmosphere.
Hubby and I first noticed the table had 4 types of Tabasco sauce.
Do you see that pile of tots? My omlete was huge. I saved 2/3 of it for dinner. Hubby ate his whole burger and the tots with his new favorite Tabasco sauce, Sweet & Spicey. I felt guilty because he used half a bottle. I’ve never seen that sauce locally. It almost rd tasted like a spicy BBQ sauce. I’ll have to search the internet for some.
The servers were friendly and provided fast, attentive service. The decor is fun andreminded me of a country style kitchen. In fact it reminded me of my grandmas kitchen. The windows surrounding the booths and tables, let in the bright sunshine. Everyone was smiling,
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If you’re driving through be sure to stop in for a delicious and filling meal. Tell them you heard about them from me. Be sure to let me know about your experience too!