This morning we were on the road for about 3 hours on I-84. We noticed the change of topography as we traveled from the Columbia River Gorge to Eastern Oregon. Using the Passport America directory, we found Pioneer RV Park in the city of Hermiston in Umatilla County, Oregon. According to the U.S. 2010 census, the population of Hermiston is 16,745. It must be a large enough town as there is also a Super Walmart Store.
After registering, with help from Debby (left) and Amanda, we went to look for the best "local" restaurant in town.
Hales Restaurant Steakhouse, Lounge and Bar was originally established in 1906. This small eatery is unassuming. We were warned by Debby that it is a bit of a "cowboy" atmosphere but the food is excellent and the portions tend to be large.
J.J.'s order of beef ribs came with soup and dinner roll followed by an enormous dish with 4 large ribs, mashed potatoes with home-made gravy and a generous portion of broccoli.
I asked for the vegetable wrap with portabella mushroom. When the server brought out my dish, I quickly asked for a box to take home 1/2 of the portion. Whenever I see a large spread of foods, I usually feel full just by looking at the plate. Therefore I practice putting away 1/2 of my portion first so that the amount of food in front of me would not overwhelm my appetite. The quality of the food was excellent.
We were also told that there is not much to do in Hermiston. So to utilize our time wisely, we went to a car wash and gave Honu a much needed bath.
Talk about being productive, we also did 5 loads of laundry at the Pioneer RV Park, which I must add, has immaculate amenities.
I now need to organize our shelves and do some catching up with my correspondence using the free WiFi. Ah, life is wonderful.
Aloha -- Cathi