Spending the Minimum
This is a picture of the view from the Entrada clubhouse window. The window makes it look a little hazy. Anyway, the view is always great but the food at the restaurant is decidedly not. However, we have to eat the minimum which is $175 a quarter. That’s a lot of bad food. Our three forays into the restaurant have been two lunches and a dinner. The first lunch consisted of salads with grilled shrimp. My salad greens had seen better days and the shrimp on both of our salads was not freshly grilled. It was over-grilled to rubberyness at some point but not when we ordered it. Our second lunch was better. I had a Philly cheesesteak with fries and John had fish and chips. The sandwich was very bland. John’s fish was good. But the fries seemed to have been fried sometime earlier in the day. Perhaps for the big event downstairs? We sent them back and got some fresh ones. Lastly the dinner where I had a filet of beef and John had veal made me sick. We haven’t spent the entire minimum, and we are not going to.
Oh, here’s something they forgot to put on the menu! On our way to the car we encountered this snake. John said not to worry, it wasn’t poisonous. You know, I am so used to just accepting everything he says as the absolute truth, John being who John is. But why I would think that he also knows all there is to know about snakes? Nonetheless, we approached for a closer look but the snake slithered off into the flowers.
After totally overdoing it yesterday playing tennis for too long in the heat, we decided to have a quieter day today. But not a day doing nothing. After a leisurely early morning breakfast and sudoku, we headed off to the Utah Motor Vehicle offices to get our new registration. I know this doesn’t sound newsworthy but I would say that from the time we walked in the door until the time we left couldn’t have been more than about two minutes. Amazing! From there we headed off to Springdale (Gateway to Zion National Park) to shop at Worthington Gallery. Oh, so many things to buy! Ooh, salad plates that match our set! Wow, look at the fabulous bowl! It will go great in our kitchen in Pleasanton. We actually went there for a present for our German friends who are putting us up for a couple of days this summer. However, we did manage to acquire several other things for ourselves.
Then off to Oscar’s for lunch. It was a beautiful day and we sat outside enjoying the view.
The view was pretty nice looking across the table as well.
We had our standard phish tacos. The corn tortillas are really good. Today the fish was a bit overcooked but, hey, since this is Utah, we’ll give them a break. All in all a nice day in a beautiful place.
Today John and I decided to take a hike. The trail we took, the Broken Mesa Rim Trail, was only a few miles from our house here in St. George. We hiked uphill to the top of the mesa and were treated to views of Pine Mountain with the remnants of this year’s snow. The hiking was sometimes a little difficult since there was a lot of rock broken off from the lava flows. During our whole hike we were the only people around.
Along the way there were tons of wildflowers — desert sage, lupine, rosemallow, rattlesnake weed, mojave asters and this one, the sego lily. It is the state flower of Utah. The plant has an edible tuber which the pioneers (read Mormons) ate. The Native Americans shared this information with them. Seeing as how now the Indian population is smushed into arid reservations, it was probably not the wisest thing to do.
It may not be the most picturesque but this giant water pipe provided handy seats for us to have our picnic lunch. Although the pipe had been baking out in the sun, it was surprisingly cold to the touch.
During our hike, while looking at the ground so that I wouldn’t stumble over some debris, I found this rock. I immediately decided that it was an ancient artifact from some long ago people. Obviously they had used some flint tool to flake off the edges. Excitedly I took it over to John who told me it was just a rock. I’m saving it anyway.
Seriously, who takes a picture of their salad? And it’s not even a restaurant salad. That’s the trouble with digital photography. Why not take a picture of your salad? It’s just bits, as John always says. Can you imagine wasting film, flashbulb and developing on salad? Back in the old days, only very special occasions warranted a picture.
Gotta say, though, the salad looks pretty yummy – lettuces, tomato, roasted golden beet, avocado, potato, and scallion. I wish making a salad didn’t always seem like such a chore.
We had a lot to do this past weekend. Part of what we did was have Jon, Sam and Nathan overnight on Saturday night. They arrived around 10 AM and John and Jon went out to play tennis. Sam took a nap and Nathan and I played a game that he calls something like, “Going to sleep and getting up.” This is actually a truck game as most games are with Nathan. I am the inspector of a yard which houses trucks and heavy equipment. I make sure all the vehicles are back at night and are in good shape. In the morning I send them out on their various assignments. The game gets a bit more elaborate every time we play it. Once a new segment is in place, it must always be a part of the game. This time we added the fact that the fire engine was visiting the local school to talk about fire safety. I am apparently so good at this game that even Zayde is not allowed to play. Only Beeba.
Here are the guys watching a video. It’s one way to get them all together in one place sitting still!
The other big thing I did over the weekend was go into Burlingame with Sarah to get our hair cut and colored. As you may recall, Sarah went from blond to brunette the last time we were there. However, she decided that brunette was just not the right color for her especially when her blond roots starting showing and it looked like she had been covering up gray! The process of going back to blond was much more complicated. Many, many steps. Sarah and I arrived at the salon at noon and she was back to blond at 6 PM! Many thanks to Gretchen, our hair guru, for making Sarah blond and happy again.