We were having a family get-together in Sunriver, so the drive wasn't too far.
If you enlarge this photo you may see what I was trying to capture - the whole side of the road was purple with wild lupine, it was so beautiful! And it was uncharacteristically cloudy that day.
The hills are aliiiiiiive with juniper and sagebrush. :)
Rolling, rolling, rolling.... behind all my other family member's vehicles which almost all happen to be red.
Ah! Made it!
The place looks like a shack but don't let the humble exterior fool you!
Reservations have to be made sometimes months in advance.
There's a story about a chuck wagon waiting here at the halfway point for cowboys driving stock and thus explains the name. By the way it smells delightful as you go inside because the grill is outside over to the right.
Before we go inside I want to make a disclaimer that some of my photos aren't the greatest and I had to use flash because, as they say on their website, "No credit cards, no electricity, no kidding."
You can have water or coffee but most of us prefer pink lemonade or....
You can see the remains of someone's salad there, which is served with their homemade honey mustard and ranch dressings. Bean soup is the next course but I don't eat beans (and yes I catch a lot of flak for that) so I didn't take the time to photograph it. :)
The fluffiest, yummiest dinner roll/biscuits.
And when your entree arrives you will be getting one of two choices which you were asked to specify when you made your reservation. Did you order chicken? Well you get the whole chicken. And a baked potato just in case that plus all the previous courses didn't satisfy you.
Or did you order steak? Which is about 2 and 1/2 inches thick and as big as my face.
And if you're STILL hungry there's always dessert which usually reflects the season. This time it was shortbread and berries with real cream. REAL CREAM. Oh my goodness I think my mouth is actually watering at the memory.
Word to the wise - bring a cooler to take your leftovers home!
And since we had those uncharacteristic clouds that day we also got an interesting sunset.
The Cowboy Dinner Tree website, for more information, can be found here.