Travelin Tiger Archive

May 1, Sisters OR to Home

Today we dropped Scout off to get some punch list items done at the Provan dealer in Redmond. After dropping them off we visited a couple of breweries in Bend, two new ones, we really enjoyed River Bend Brewery, the other was just ok.

Driving home all of the mountains were out even though the day was much more hazy than yesterday so Ton did not bother with many pictures. We will be home for a few weeks while Ron does some consulting.

April 30, Manton CA to Sisters Or

Today was another travel day heading north. We had a slow start due to the after affects of last nights wine. We stopped in Reading to check out the Sundial Bridge there. It is a nice piece of architecture, and we observed a new form of dance. Three people were hanging by lines from the Sundial part of the bridge and were practicing a performance “dance” while suspended from 30 to 60 feet above the ground.

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Then we continued north to Bend where we stopped to pick up a growler of beer from Ton’s favorite brewery Boneyard. We then did our obligatory pass thru Costco, and finished up the day by trying a new for us brewery in Bend, Worthy Brewery. Breweries are spring up in Bend and every time we come it seems there are 2 or 3 new ones to check out.

We called it a day early today to watch the three game 7’s of the Stanley Cup Playoff’s. Tomorrow we will be dropping Scout off at the Provan dealer to get some warranty work done.

April 29, Yosemite NP to Manton CA

Today we are begining to head home so the primary goal was to get north. We recently joined an organization called Harvest Host which allows people who join to dry camp in participating wineries. Our friends and fellow Malayan owners the Cooks recommended the organization. After an uneventful but windy drive mostly on I-5 we arrived at Indian Peak Winery in the very small town of Manton California.

The drive from I-5 was interesting as we entered a whole different environment closer to eastern Oregon than the Sierra foothills we had been in. As we approached the winery we had several nice views of Mt. Lassen, and determined to return later when the roads thru the park are open all of the way.

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We were not quite sure what to expect when we pulled into Indian Peak. It is a very small winery closer to the scale we are used to in Oregon than the massive wineries we have been seeing in California. The tasting room was nice but empty when we walked in, and suddenly we heard a voice from upstairs saying I’ll be right down. The voice belonged to Donna the co-owner along with her husband Fred. We tasted and enjoyed all of the wines, with Fred relieving Donna about half way thru the tasting process so she could return to doing her paperwork upstairs. After completing the tasting we purchased a bottle of wine that we intended to drink with dinner, but before we could leave Fred grabbed a couple of the bottles from the tasting table and said “why don’t we go outside and enjoy the day and drink some wine.” We couldn’t pass up an offer like that, and 3 hours later we had drank a lot of wine and had an impromptu barbecue with Donna and Fred. All in all it was a wonderful evening that we thorougly enjoyed. Good company, good food, and good wine. Donna and Fred have certainly set a high bar for future harvest host visits and we would like to thank them.


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