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Disneyland and Mickeys Trick or Treat Party 2017! So excited I’m already packing.
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.
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.
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,
Check them out on Facebook ~
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!
Day 3 was spent doing a lot of driving on Highesy 101. We were headed to Cape Outlook State Beach for the evening.
It was lunch time so hubby and I were debating, not arguing yet, about where to eat. We passed several diners & small cafes before making a u turn at the BBQ sign. We love BBQ on road trips..
Wild Oakes Grill. Port Orford, Oregon
They are On Facebook. Check it out.
On the window I read “veteran owned and operated” (US Navy) and I smiled. What a great find. Just another reason I want to eat here.
Upon walking in I noticed an empty table fully set up with complete place settings and American flags. On the chair is a POW drape. It is set in remembrance of our missing and fallen military men and women. This memorial originally started during the Vietnam war. It is a very powerful sight. Make this now a 3rd reason finding this place made my day. Learn more about the missing man table here.
Our waitress, Amanda, told us about our choices and specials of the day. A sandwich called 3 pigs and a cow was a tempting option but we decided on the 5 meat plate. Of course I want to taste it all. The smoked meat consisted of: brisket (my favorite), park ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and tri-tip. We added smoked mac & cheese and smoked chili. For dessert we had a fresh warn brownie topped with cherry pie filling.
I asked for some BBQ sauce but soon realized I did not need it. The meat was moist and delicious without any sauce. I always put sauce on my BBQ. Not this time. The flavor in each of these meats was amazing. I don’t like fake, overly smoke flavored meat. This was cooked to perfection. I still added a little bit of sauce to change it up but trust me no sauce was best.
The mac & cheese had bits of smoked meat folded in. The chili was spicy with shredded meat, topped with crispy fried jalapeños. Everything exceeded my expectations.
A perk of eating at small places is getting to meet owners, cooks, other diners etc. part way through our meal the owner and BBQ Pit Master Rob came out for I’m the kitchen to ask how we liked our meal, and sat down at a table nearby to chat. After I gushed over how much I lived the food, Rob told us some stories of his travels. He even gave me some ideas for future road trips.
Our waitress Amanda came out with the simple chocolate brownie with the cherries. Hubby and I fought with our spoons to be first to taste. In case you were wondering, I won. I agree with Rob, it’s such a simple dessert but tastes like chocolate bliss. The cherries add a tart note which cuts the sweetness perfectly.
Amanda helped us pack up our leftovers for tonight dinner.
If your ever passing through Port Orford, Oregon, be sure to stop in, say Hi to Rob and Amanda. Tell them Shotgun Rider sent you. You won’t regret stopping for a bite.
Great people, even better food!
My absolutely favorite pizza is an hour drive away for me. Oh it’s so worth it. Pizz’a Chicago in San Jose, CA. I first had this pizza over 20 years ago. Hubby brought me dinner one night and I was hooked.
The decor inside the resturant is full of signs and sports memorabilia. We try to make the trip every few months or so. It’s just so worth it.