DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

Here is a map of our tour, starting in Likely, moving counter...

On the way over the Warner mountains one comes across

many streams and creeks

just begging for a flyfisher to sample the waters, but it'll have...

The view from our coach, the last patch of snow disappeared last...

but the view from up here at 7,000 feet looking toward 9,500...

Of course all the streams were still running at full capacity

When one gets to the top an looks over the other side...

this is what you see! beatiful valleys, lakes, and of course, more

mountains! that's Nevada over there across the valley.

A wide variety of eco- systems in the 5,000 ft elevation change.

beautiful scenes laid in front of us.

south end of Surprise Valley looking north

did I mention it was dirt over the mountain till you get...

Even amongst the harsh environment there are patches of beauty around the...

neat old church

A nice old church in Eagleville

typical of downtown Cedarville, an old town

this building houses the Surprise Cafe'

we had a mid-day refreshment here.

while sitting at a table outside on the stoop

the building has been used for a variety of business over the...

including general store, bank, feed store

and now probably THE BEST eatery in the county!

We found more old buildings up in Fort Bidwell, about 20 miles...

We think old buildings exhibit as much character as people.

Especially when you look at the many sides of the building, you...

all it's gone through, turmoil, glory days, and now in it's aged...

perhaps some neglect. . .

Every town around here has one

funny, though not a hot day for us, we didn't see a...

of Fort Bidwell

Been around awhile hasn't it.

If you have the time drive over Fandango pass, be sure to...


Rebecca and Dave were married 14 years ago today. For our anniversary we took a driving tour we had heard was very enjoyable. It’s called the “Hundred-Mile drive”. Starting from Likely we drove east over the Warner mountains, a beautiful drive leading to the very scenic Surprise Valley. Turning north and going through Eagleville and Cedarville. We also took a side trip up to Fort Bidwell, famous stop over for the opening of the west back in the 1860’s. We couldn’t find anything left of the original fort, but instead discovered a sleepy little community caught up in the 1930’s in architecture. It was charming in its unkempt way.

We had wonderful mid afternoon refreshments at the “Surprise! Café’” in Cedarville. This fine establishment is owned by local entrepreneurs Adrien & Josh. In addition to the eclectic setting, design and ambience their food is uniquely fabulous! We don’t know for sure but it’s probably the ONLY place in town with WIFI. Remember, Eclectic . . . For more info go to: www.2mysurprise.com

We left Cedarville driving on hwy 299 going toward Alturas. Our original plan was to drive over “Fandango” pass, but for us the dirt road was too rough and we’d have to slow down to much for the time we had left in our day. Instead we settled for a leisurely drive on hwy 299, headed for our dinner reservation at, “The Brass Rail”.

The Brass Rail is a typical old style Basque restaurant where food is served family style. The food is superb; the prices are reasonable, $19, 20, and 22 for a complete meal. Try it you’ll like it, guaranteed! While we waited for the restaurant to open, we had a discussion about our 14 years together especially the last 4 year and 9 months on the road. We reflected and discussed the joys and surprises of our travels. The only surprise we came up with was the fact that we had NOT seen as much as we’d hoped to have by now. With about one-third of our projected time on the road, we anticipated when we started to be on the road 12 – 15 years, more states need to seen and more of the states visited need to be seen! “We ain’t gonna slow down!!”

So enjoy the pictures of our day out, raise a glass to your own joyful life and give thanks.

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