I’m back in Burbank after traveling around for over two weeks, as well as back permanently since I’ve moved home, yippee! The last few days gave been spent seriously cleaning out my room, and it feels amazing (paperwork, old notebooks, things I never needed to begin with, etc).
The last few days on the road (from Redmond through Washington and Oregon and in SF for less than 24 hours) made it difficult to blog, but here are some of the things that I was up to:
1. Seeing Mount Saint Helens! I’ve always liked volcanos since I was little, so getting to see this one up close and personal was really exciting. The trees are still sideways on the surrounding mountains because the whole area has been preserved for research.
2. Eating dinner in Portland. We Yelped for a salad place and found a cheap place that ended up being really good and that I totally would have gone back to had I been staying longer. Salad was necessary that night after what we had had for breakfast that morning (see below).
3. Breakfast at The Buttered Biscuit in Sumner, Washington. Having left Redmond that morning at 7AM and taking an extra long (and semi-unnecessary detour to see Mount Rainier), we decided that we felt like going to a diner. Cue stumbling upon The Buttered Biscuit on Yelp, after which I felt the need to read the entire menu out loud, which only made us hungrier. After finally getting near and going to the address listed (where there was no Buttered Biscuit to be found), we eventually found it near the railroad tracks not too much farther away. That was seriously the hungriest I’ve ever been, and I felt like my stomach was eating itself. The place itself had a great atmosphere that made it even better: the booths were ripped and the building rattled when a train came by, but it was sooo goood. Here’s the description from the menu of what Stephen ordered (and didn’t get close to finishing):
**The Don’t Be A Chicken**
Our 12-ounce chicken fried steak loaded on a split biscuit, double loaded with SOS gravy, spuds, gramma eggs, cheese and grilled onions. Served with cornbread! Whew-wee!!!
It was seriously enough for three people. I got eggs benedict which came served on a biscuit with bacon, ham and sausage, but I barely had room for any of the meat. Oh, and Stephen’s also came with a piece of cornbread that was the size of my head. Amazing.
4. My friend Ryan came back from his au pair stint in Paris on July 12. Very strange that he had already been there for 10 months because I missed him terribly but I feel like he just left. Also, I came back from France a year ago on July 13, which is also strange.
5. Stephen took me to the Natural History Museum a few days ago, which was awesome. Dinosaurs!