Golf, Sushi & Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

Union, Oregon: What? Are we still in little Union, Oregon? Can't help ourselves - we are having so much fun.

Do you remember a few months ago when we went to Mariner Spring Training in Arizona? One afternoon at a baseball game, we talked to a guy who had a booth set-up in the stadium concourse advertising Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union, Oregon. He gave DT a coupon for a free round of golf with a cart! That coupon has been in our bus since March and today we cashed it in! We played 18 holes, with a cart for $44 combined, on a fabulous links-style course in the middle of nowhere. Spectacular.

buffalo jump.

La Grande (pronounced La Grand) has a population of about 13,000 and is, of course, historically caught-up in the whole Oregon Trail, gold mining, cattle, railroad story of Oregon. We did a driving tour of the many huge old (perfectly maintained) historical mansions on the hillside of La Grande.

Foley Station, a steak restaurant set in - what else - an old historic building) is one of the most popular spots in the entire valley. But, we didn't want dinner - just a snack and a cocktail, so sat in the pretty bar at the back of the restaurant. However, we soon learned tonight was "sushi night". What? Seems the chef makes sushi once a month and tonight was the night.

Every person we have spoken with in the area has referred to this restaurant as "Nell's In-and-Out, though it clearly says Nell's-N-Out on the signs. Nell's-N-Out is just a little travel-trailer-sized restaurant, with no indoor seating. The drive-through, located at 1704 Adams Avenue, is famous for their burgers and cream beverages. We just ordered deep-fried cheese curds. All that healthy sushi was quickly forgotten. But seriously, what could be better than a battered and deep-fried cheese curd?

Until my next update, I remain, your I'm running 692 miles tomorrow correspondent.

Not really.

Until my next update, I remain, your cheesy correspondent.

RV Park:
Eagles Hot Lake RV Park
65182 Hot Lake Lane
(Hwy 203 & Hot Lake Lane)
La Grande, OR 97850

Situated on Highway 203 between Union & La Grande, Oregon, this nice park is a good location to explore the area. 90 foot full-service gravel pull-throughs with 30 & 50 amps, heated pool & spa (in season), store, laundry, bathhouse, free wifi, pavilion, tent sites. Set in a meadow below a hill, this park is nothing fancy, but has good facilities and is quiet (though there is an occasional train about a half-mile away). Cell service. We paid $27 per night with Good Sam discount.