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:
I crept a little closer and spooked her so she took off.
I got a little closer to the green and got a photo of one of the kids (there are two).
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:
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.
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.
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.:
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.