Sunday, July 3, 2011
From the 138, it's only about 14 miles to Lake Hughes. The Rock Inn was built in 1929, and is a cool building constructed mainly out of river rock (of course I didn't take a photo of it, but that monument across the street gives you a feel for it). Major biker destination, with great burgers. The owner's late mom passed on her secret pickle recipe to him, & you can buy a jar for $8. They are an unusual blend between dill/sweet. They'd be great in a tuna salad.
It was a relief to get out of the heat and back to the mountains. You felt a really dramatic drop in the temperature when you passed the sign in Cuddy Valley for the Darling Ranch black angus.