8/1/2013 – Of eagles and Effie burgers

While we were camped at Kayler’s Bend, Treva showed us a couple of bald eagle fledglings that had adopted the No. 1 green.  Apparently Jeff was running the sprinklers up there one day last week when the temps were in the low 100s or high 90s.  One of the “baby” eagles decided that looked pretty good so he (she?) proceeded to cool himself down under the sprinkler.  Their nest wasn’t far away and when Mama came home with some fish for dinner, she just dropped it on the green where junior was chillin’.  Ever since then, that’s where they eat.  I guess you never know for sure what kind of leavings you’re apt to find after they’ve supped.

No. 1 green was located about 100 yards from where we were parked.  One morning I was out in front of the rig when I looked and thought I saw what was either an eagle or a hunk of dead wood.  I crept a little teeny bit closer and determined that it was definitely an eagle and returned to the Dolphin for my camera.  I didn’t dare try to get very close so I was really happy about the quality of the 14x optical zoom on my Canon PowerShot SX230 HS camera.  This is what I was looking at:

Mama (or Daddy?) hunkered down near No. 1 green.

Mama (or Daddy?) hunkered down near No. 1 green.

I crept a little closer and spooked her so she took off.

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I got a little closer to the green and got a photo of one of the kids (there are two).

This "baby" is almost as big as Mama but not nearly as graceful.

This “baby” is almost as big as Mama but not nearly as graceful.

I also got a few snaps of Mama in the tree keeping an eye on me so that I didn’t mess with her kids.



And a little more dignified pose:

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We said our goodbyes to Treva and Jeff, the eagles, the deer, Jeff’s mom, Bev, and headed back down the river to Lewiston.  Our first stop was to get a bunch of food and supplies for Lulu’s upcoming backacking trip.  After a couple of hours of driving around in traffic and spending copious amounts of money, we decided it was time for lunch.  There are a few good spots to pick from but we decided on a Lewiston classic: Effie’s Tavern.

1120 Main street, in case you're passing through.

1120 Main street, in case you’re passing through.

It’s been in Lewiston forever and their signature is the Effie Burger.  This thing is a beast. Must be about a pound of loosely packed ground beef on a custom-made bun.  It is literally the same size as the paper plate it’s served on.

An Effie cheeseburger and a medium side of tater tots.

An Effie cheeseburger and a medium side of tater tots.

Now, back in the day, some 30+ years ago when we lived in Lewiston, Lulu and I could each finish off an entire Effie burger all by ourselves.  Now we have to split one which is actually the most common way that Effie burgers are eaten.  Cut this baby in half and here’s what you get.:

Makes my mouth water.

Makes my mouth water.

Loosely packed ground beef, raw onions, tomatoes, pickles, mayo, mustard, and both Swiss and American cheeses (or, in other words, a slice of orange pasteurized processed cheese product and a slice of white pasteurized processed cheese product).  All on a locally-made bun.   Along with a side of tater tots and a Bud Light (slim pickin’s at Effies as far as draft beer goes), it was truly what the doctor ordered.  You can also opt for steak fries, regular fries or curly fries and any of these, including the tots can be ordered regular or “seasoned”.

Effie doesn’t run the place anymore.  Chances are she’s passed on.  But, happy to say, her tradition lives on.  If anyone happens to meet up with Jane and Michael Stern, tell them to get their butts to Lewiston Idaho for an Effie burger.  And if you decide to play a few holes at Kayler’s Bend, tell them the Yoders sent you.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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8 Responses to 8/1/2013 – Of eagles and Effie burgers

  1. Joan/Raymond Yoder says:

    The Eagle pictures are wonderful. You are so lucky to be that close. Sounds like you are having a “ball”. Love, Mom

  2. parrot17 says:

    Greeting from Desemboque, Sonora! Has it been a year since we met in Penasco and Phoenix??? I am imagining the “culture shock” you must be going through: after a year on a sailboat, you now pile up so many new places and adventures in a single day! The travelogue in fascinating though. I also wanted to remind you to find Mary Ellen White’s “At Less Than Walking Speed” (mentioned in a post months ago) while you are Stateside. You may be let down, as it is not very well written and the typos and spelling errors indicate that there was no real editor involved. Still, you may meet her on the water again, so it is worth the effort. I do not think it is available in a Kindle version. I LOVE the Dolphin! Enjoy the Pacific Northwest and especially your family. Perhaps I will see you both again in the Fall somewhere down near La Paz….Kevin

    • sryoder says:

      Hey, Kevin. Time flies, doesn’t it? Thanks for the reminder about Mary’s book. I’ll look for it. It’s sort of strange but the shock of moving from our sailing speed of 47 miles per month to our Dolphin speed of 55 miles per hour isn’t as profound as we’d expected. I guess all those many. many years of traveling at that speed have sort of conditioned us.

      We’ll look for you in La Paz.

  3. Coyote says:

    When you head South back to Mexico, and if you go down 395, there are a few great boondocking opportunities you can take advantage of.
    One is across (and down a dirt road a short bit) from the ranger station just off 395 as you head up to Lundy Lake. The turn off 395 is halfway between Conway Summit and Lee Vining. There are 3 sites out of 4 that are large enough for the camper and they are next to a stream, which probably has fish in it.
    Another location is west of the Alabama Hills where a lot of western movies were made. The mountains are just west of Lone Pine and you turn off the highway at the Mt. Whitney Portal road. There are hundreds of sites all over the valley between the hills and the Sierras.
    I have another site near Red Mountain, but it is a bit tricky to find, and only good when the weather is not extremely hot.
    You are going to find that there are as many free or very cheap boondocking sites as Island coves down in Mexico. Once you are old enough, be sure to get the Senior “Golden Pass” for national parks and national forest campgrounds. Entrance fees are free and campgrounds are half price.
    Enjoy the new to you rig and the ability to expand your exploration areas. If you get to Reno, give us a call, it would be fun to treat the two of you to our favorite Mexican restaurant in town. We are listed in the phone book, and not hiding from anyone, so we can be found easily.

    Jim Dane in Reno

  4. vickiel@q.com says:

    love this blog! What a fun on land vacation for these Yoders. Waiting to see what Steve does (eats ) while Lulu back packs .

  5. Hi guys!
    We love, love, love your new ride! It looks just about perfect for the two of you! 🙂 It looks like you’re in Idaho now – what’s the route for the trip down south? Any chance you’ll still be in the Pacific NW in a month? We fly back to Montana Sept 16th and it would be great to see you two again. We miss you!!
    – Katie and Mark

    • sryoder says:

      Good to hear from you two. We’re planning to leave Oregon around the 15th of September. We have a couple of commitments in California later that week. Probably just continue down the coast (Highway 1) to Mexico. Looks like we’ll miss seeing you. But, no fear, it’ll happen sooner or later. We miss you (and Wylie, of course) too.

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