Wagons Ahead

At 4:00 a.m we are both wide awake, so we decide to get up, have a leisurely breakfast and hit the road early.  Today we are driving to Utah, having spent the night in Idaho.

WasatchMountainsMy fibromyalgia is flaring up.  Not sure if it is long periods of sitting, or the over stimulation of passing scenery, or the fact I’m not sleeping well, but everything is adding up to pain and irritability.

Fortunately, we arrive at our destination in Utah by mid afternoon.  The Wasatch Mobile Home Park is set at the foot of the Wasatch mountains.  While the park needs a bit of tic, the sites are generous and the hook-ups are fine.  The owners are helpful in recommending restaurants and places of interest here.  We have decided to book in for two nights.

PrairieSchoonerWe set up, have a rest and then go for an early dinner.  Ric is craving a good steak, so we seek out the Prairie Schooner in downtown Ogden.  We are in ski country, and while I know it is off-season, the town is looking a little tired – or maybe it’s just me.  We find the restaurant easily (well signed from the main road) and pull into the empty parking lot.

“Is it even open?”

I hop out and check the hours of business.  Open.

The restaurant’s exterior is designed to look like an old western town, with a saloon, general store, blacksmith shop and so on.  Inside, the walls are rustic barn board.  Two rooms off the entrance have long wooden tables and chairs reminiscent of the style of the 70’s.  A small bar area sits in a separate alcove, and offers only about eight stools – obviously not a big drinking establishment.

InteriorofPrairieSchoonerA hostess appears in classic western attire and ushers into a dimly lit room made out to look like a pioneer’s camp site with replica kerosene lanterns and a campfire, as well as a coyote, and a few other stragglers.  Covered wagons lined up along the wall house the tables, creating a cosy, romantic setting.

Ric orders the porterhouse (I don’t want to tell you how many ounces) and I order the ribs.  Dinner comes with soup or salad, bread, fresh green beans, and a choice of potato.  The portions are more than generous.

We are glad we took the advice of the locals and checked out this unique spot for dining.

After dinner, I start the laundry, taking advantage of this short stay.  The washer and dryer are stacked the foot of our bed, so this is a good chore for me to do when I need to rest, which I need to do tonight.


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

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