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One afternoon while we were in Las Vegas, Captain Cavedweller and I were desperate for a snack. Breakfast had long ago been walked off and dinner was still hours away and we’d somehow managed to skip lunch.

We ended up at a table in Max Brenner’s in The Forum Shops.

CC was a little wary about ordering anything. It was not his type of place, for sure. I talked him into splitting something with me and we finally agreed on a Banana Split Waffle.

This was not a breakfast waffle, let me assure you. This was a pearl sugar chocolate waffle.

It was a plate full of warm bliss, topped with flambéd bananas, whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate covered Rice Krispies, caramel and chocolate sauce.


Yours truly was in heaven.

CC, who is not a big sweet eater, ate more than his half. In fact, he decided we had to go back one evening and share another one before we left town.  He is a very wise man, you know.

While we were there the second time, I ordered a cup of hot chocolate. I kid you not – it was the BEST cup of hot chocolate I’ve ever had. It was the Italian milk chocolate hot chocolate, but my gracious it was delicious.

They serve all sorts of munchies and goodies there. You can sit at the chocolate bar and order specialty drinks. You can also look into a vat of chocolate or shop in the gift shop.

If you ever have the opportunity to experience Max Brenner Chocolate – don’t blink, don’t think, just prepare yourself for an unbelievably wonderful chocolate experience!

She Who Wants Another Waffle

25 days 2011

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Yesterday I posted photos from The Bellagio in Las Vegas, showing their awesome Christmas decorations.
Today, I thought I’d share some photos from The Venetian. Their decorations were also very impressive!


Their center area was filled with this beautiful display of white peacocks, sparkling branches and red poinsettias.

PENTAX ImageBoth striking and lovely!

PENTAX ImageOutside, they held a Christmas parade and tree lighting twice nightly.


There were dancers, jesters, a queen and women in really, really weird costumes walking on stilts. But it was all fun to see. Especially when they lit up the huge tree.

A free concert, ice skaters, a photo booth and fun decorations added to the festive atmosphere.

After the parade, we wandered inside The Grand Shoppes, attached to The Venetian, and browsed in the windows.


I love how the ceiling was painted to look like sky and the store-fronts are so fun and intriguing!

It certainly helped add some jolly to our holiday!

She Who Loves Beautiful Decorations

25 days 2011

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When Captain Cavedweller and I were on the coast, one place we went to eat not once, but twice, was Camp 18 in Elsie, Oregon.

The food is fantastic, the restaurant is pretty awe-inspiring and the museum and grounds are a lot of fun to explore.

Told you it was impressive!

Camp 18 is a dream that began in the early 1970s when Gordon Smith started out with a few rusty pieces of equipment which led to the construction of the massive log cabin. He was joined by Maurie Clark, who had logging industry knowledge. All of the timber used in the building came from the surrounding area and was logged by Smith. Each log was hauled in, hand-peeled and draw-knifed with the help of his friends and family.

Once you walk inside the restaurant, its hard to miss the massive 85-foot ridge pole in the main room, the largest such structural member reported in the US. According to information from the restaurant, it weighed approximately 25 tons when cut and has 5,600 board of feed of lumber in it.

Another not to be missed feature are the hand-carved main doors cut from an old growth fir log. Each door is  4 1/2 inches thick and weighs 500 pounds. So that phrase “don’t let the door hit you on the way out”  you definitely don’t want hit with one of these.

The restaurant took its name from the logging operations in the area in the 1920s and 1930s. At that time, logging camps were numbered. Since the museum and restaurant at mile post 18, the name Camp 18 was chosen.

We sat by some big windows one morning and watched blue jays fight over the multitude of bird feeders outside. One evening, we cozied up to a table by the fireplace to chase away the evening chill.

You can roam the grounds, browse the gift shop and enjoy tasty, hearty-food here.

The Train Car

Table made from a large log.

The tower

This outdoor space was cool with the large logs used to construct it.

I particularly liked the wishbone look of this log.

You can even see a wooden-carved statue of Bigfoot, who apparently is quite popular in this neck of the woods. We did not, however, see him in any of our travels.

There is a creek just below the restaurant.

Where a mossy elephant lives.

And the landscaping was quite lovely.


More bright colors…

Gold and burgundy hues…

Beautiful red leaves…

Announcing fall has arrived!

If you ever find yourself traveling Highway 26 from Portland to the coast, stop in at Camp 18. You’ll be so glad you did!

She Who Loves Log Cabins in the Autumn Woods

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When Captain Cavedweller and I were at the Oregon coast a couple of weeks ago, I took a few shots on the beach just at sunset.

It was quite lovely. And I really liked having the lamppost in this photo.

The sunset, the salt in the air, the sand beneath our feet … you couldn’t have asked for a better evening to snap a few photos.

She Who Loves Sunsets

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