After a few more quick geocache finds, it was off to find lunch, Since we couldn’t get our lunch time Johnny Dog’s Fix yesterday, we decided to head there for our last meal before we headed home. When we pulled into the parking lot, it was exactly as we found it yesterday… empty. It was at this time that Darrin noticed the sign that they were closed both yesterday and today for private functions… guess we are finding a new place for lunch!
|Chicken Pecan Cherry Wrap|
As we drove around the block, we happened to notice a small welcoming front porch with a sign indicating we had stumbled across the Rock River Lunch Bag. We have never been here before, it’s not a chain restaurant and we were hungry! Guess we found our lunch stop for today!!
This wonderful little place was exactly what we were looking for! This was a quiet little cafe that was cozy and warm. We were greeted by a very welcoming staff that was ready to answer any questions that we had about the menu. When I asked about what they were most known for or what some of the best / favorite options were on the menu, we were told about 2 different options… The first was the Fresh Whitefish dip and the second was the Chicken Pecan Cherry Wrap.
|Fresh Whitefish Wrap|
That was a decision maker for us. Darrin ordered the Whitefish Wrap and I ordered the other! The Whitefish dip is made fresh and tasted phenomenal! The lettuce, tomato and onion in the wrap were the perfect accompaniments to the fresh fish! I think I was lucky to get a single bite of Darrin’s wrap before it was GONE! He literally inhaled it, as well as the chips! My Chicken Pecan Cherry wrap was amazing! The combination of the cherry and pecan in the tortilla was awesome! We will definitely have to come back and check out a few more of the options on their menu!
After an amazing lunch, it was time to hit the road for home. We have already started out list of places we still need to check out when we make our trip next summer. Reservations at the Sunset are already made, just like each and every year. There is one exception for out trip next year… we are tentatively planning on coming up one week later. Each year we see the signs as we come through Escanaba for the fair, which always starts the day AFTER we have to be home. Next year we are planning one week later so that we can stop at the fair on the way up on Friday! I don’t even remember when I was last at the UP state Fair, but I can pretty much guarantee it’s been over 25 years!
Of course our trip hope can’t be without any pitstops… no road trip that Darrin and I make is a straight drive with no stops! This time we made it to Escanaba before we had to stop! We already knew that we had to stop for gas at some point soon, but before we did that, I spotted Sayklly’s chocolates and gifts as we drove through Escanaba. I had to stop to see what new and interesting treats that had in their chocolate case! I found a few chocolates I had to bring home that included toffee chocolate covered pretzels and dark chocolate sea salt caramels. As we were walking through the store, I stopped to check out their HUGE selection of gummy candies… bears, worms, footballs, you name it, they probably had it as a gummy – and this would include those AWESOME gummy frogs that I keep me going back to Orange Leaf! This was the first time I ever saw these gummy frogs anywhere aside from OL so I had to get some!! We have joked around that Matt has an Orange Leaf addiction, as he has to go there all the time, but I go with him just as often just so I can get my gummy frogs with my FroYo – it’s a good thing we are doing a lot of running this summer to make up for the OL and gummy’s that I have eaten! Darrin was laughing at me as I was bagging some up to take home – until he found the gummy bullfrogs and decided that he needed one of those too.
Our final pitstop on trip home was at the Norway Spring – an artesian well, right along the highway. This spring provides clean, crisp cold water constantly. There is an awesome little park at the spring so you can get out and stretch your legs while you fill up your water bottles and can get right back on the road! We always make a point to stop here whenever we drive through the area. This time, Darrin had to do some digging in the car to find a few bottles to fill up. There is nothing that beats awesome fresh clean water. Why would I pay for bottled water when I can stop here? I just wish it wasn’t a 2 hour drive from home to get my water!
As this weekend comes to a close, I really can appreciate everything that I have and the opportunities that I am able to enjoy. I have an amazing family and awesome friends that make each day an adventure!