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RoadTrip: Tac to Sac 'n' back

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Hallidaymd Nov 15, 2009 10:05 PM

Hello!
Here is my challenge: a dash down to Sacramento from Tacoma for Christmas, leaving the afternoon of Dec 23rd. In the vehicle: husband, 2 1/2 year old and a Chinese student.

We'd like to arrive in Sacramento sometime on the 24th, and avoid Passes at night (Snow chains at night.. ewww).
The way back is much more relaxed, as in, we can take 4-5 days if we want.
Stops I know I want to make: Rice Hill (Icecream), Ashland (Ice Skating?), Rogue River Cremery (Medford).
They are all clustered in one little swath of I-5 though. I have another 500 or so miles to break up! I'd like to stop every 2-3 hours.

Anyone know the name of that diner in the mountains with the "funny" bathroom and a tractor out front?

Yes, I'm going for quirky, fun, informative, adventure... and of course: good food (that is child-friendly and not so expensive that I will wish I flew). Please advise!

Thank you!

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    mrnelso RE: Hallidaymd Dec 13, 2009 05:19 PM

    Dig this (hope I'm not too late.
    Pigeon Point lighthouse hostel.
    Duarte's in Pescadero.

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