*Restaurant Review Tangent* -
I had never been to the Raven cafe before, but had heard good things. The atmosphere is kind of hippie-cool, and attracts a very diverse group of folks. Me and D opted to get some food. She opted for Pain Perdu (french toast with fresh fruit), and I got the Huevos Rancheros. Iced tea and a latte also accompanied.
The tea was good (says DaNece), but I was unimpressed with the coffee. Anywhere that serves me a coffee in a GLASS is immediately under suspicion right off the bat. The taste was okay (though a bit sweet for my buds), but it wasn't hot. I mean, I should HAVE TO SIP my coffee to start with, but no I was taking full on gulps with nary a fear of burned tastebuds. Combine this with a tall glass that is inefficient at holding in heat, and within about 5 minutes you have COLD LATTE! Un-impressive.
As far as food - the french toast was good. I love fruit so I was somewhat envious of DaNece, and at $5.50 I would call it a fair deal. The huevos rancheros on the other hand were a bit disappointing. When I see 'topped with Salsa and Chipotle Cream' I expect some bite to my meal. Not here. The tortillas, eggs, beans, and even the salsa were all tasty. But there was no spice in the dish, which was a disappointment. The potatoes that came with it were delicious though! At $9.95, I would not call the Huevos Rancheros a good deal.
Also - Rich and Sadira both agree that they have good hot tea there, though I didn't try it.
Back to the Dells
So after breakfast R & S invited us to come out to Watson Lake with them to boulder-hop through the Granite Dells over to the dam. Man was this a blast! We took Scrappy do with us (of course) and he had a grand old time as well.
The lake was up almost all the way to the high water marks, which was great to see. It has been a LONG time since it was this full. The water was muddy, but still provided some great photo ops. All in all it was a great time spent with new friends!
Blue Skies and Muddy Water:
Rich taking pictures with his fancy Canon 30D camera:
A view of the dam from above:
And another view from dam-level:
And of course, the ever-lovely DaNece: