The Travels of O'Anne and O'David






We like to have fun and go where the winds take us although we may have a general destination in mind. The best memories are the stops along the way, the people we meet, the coincidences that take place, finding a Starbucks or a Taco Bell, and what we end up with when we expected something entirely different. We count firsts (first tornado sighting, first time in a new state, etc), poke fun at things in stores and might be considered to be slightly crazy by most, but really enjoy meeting other good souls with a major sense of humour along the way.

The trips are here for our documentation, and perhaps, your amusement.
We hope you enjoy wandering through our wanderings.


How we rate restaurants and hotels: General total score :
We walk in with zero points and an open mind.
If an aspect is not remarkable, it gets zero points.
If any aspect is remarkably good, it gets one point.
If any aspect is remarkably bad, it looses one point.
Add up the points.  Simple.
-X  = we will not return
0  = We will return only if desperate
1  = We will return if in the area
2  = We will go out of our way to return
3  = We plan entire trips to return

P.S. When we manage to obtain a worthwhile recipe, it is posted in the Baby Boomer Cookbook

Our idea of the perfect hotel room

Restaurant Ratings
California All Else
Mother Lode
San Joaquin Valley

San Francisco
United States
United Kingdom
    Hotel Ratings
San Francisco

United States
United Kingdom
San Joaquin Valley
San Francisco

California All Else

Untied States
United Kingdom


Nevada City - June 2017
Gettysburg - May 2015
Scotia - Jan 2015
Santa Cruz - August 2014
Willits - August 2013
San Francisco - Aug 2013
Gettysburg/Plymouth - May 2012
Scotland - Sep 2011
Gettysburg - July 2011
England - Sep Oct 2010
Cayucos - July 2010
Longstock Santa Cruz - June 2010
San Francisco San Jose - June 2010
Georgia - April 2010
San Francisco Zoo - Aug 2009
Preston Castle- July 2009
Willits - February 2009
Chicago- February 2009
Yosemite - December 2008
Grahm Hill, Santa Cruz, CA - October 2008
Wolfe Manor, Clovis, CA - September 2008
Ione CA, Preston Castle - August 2008
Eagle Meadows - August 2008
Brookdale Lodge, S Cruz - June 2008
Buena Vista, SF - Feb 2008
Lake McClure, sorta - Sept 2007
Monterey Bay Aquarium - August 2007
San Francisco Airport - July 2007
Queen Anne & Willits turkey - Nov 2006

    Clark Fork - June 2006
Celtic Woman - August 2005
Alcatraz - July 2005
Queen Anne, SF - August 2004
Monterey - July 4th 2004
Four Corners - Summer 2004 - 8 days
Queen Anne, SF - August 2003
Big Sur - June 2003
Queen Anne, SF - June 2003
Pacific Grove Band Review - November 2, 2002
Newman Band Review - October 2002
Santa Cruz Band Review - Oct 2002
Antioch Band Review - September 28, 2002
Monterey - December 2001
Antioch Band Review - September 29, 2001
San Francisco, Yankee & Wolf - August 2001
Eagle Meadows - June 2001
Willits - May 2001
Las Vegas Boomer Party - April 2001
Royal Pacific, SF - Nov 2000
Tahoe - July 2000
Kennedy Meadows - June 2000
Queen Anne, SF - December 1999
Leavitt Meadows Stock Drive - October 1999
Serrano Hotel, SF - July 1999
Eagle Meadows - June 1999
Utah - May 1999 - 7 or 8 days
San Francisco kites-  April 1999
Moaning Caverns - Feb 1999

Restaurant Ratings

San Joaquin Valley Mother Lode San Francisco
Applebee's, Merced
Beirut Falafael Hut, Modesto
Bella Luna, Merced
Bistro234, Turlock
BJ's Kountry Kitchen, Fresno
Black Bear Diner, Merced
Branding Iron, Merced
Cafe Deva, Modesto
Center Street Grill, Turlock
Chili's, Turlock
Cinema Cafe, Merced
Cool Hand Luke's, Merced
Country Waffles, Merced
D'Angelo's, Merced
Diciccio's Italian, Merced
Dog House, Merced
Elephant Bar, Modesto
Fajardo's, Modesto
Feed & Fuel, Clements
Fina Estampa, Merced
Five Ten Bistro, Merced
Gyros & More, Turlock
Hamilton Cafe, Hughson
H & W Drive In, Merced
Ione Cafe, Ione
J R Tacos, Merced
Jenny's, Ceres
Josie's Mexican Grill, Atwater
La Hacienda, Merced
La Morenita's, Merced
Meze Mediterranean Grill, Fresno
Mimi's Cafe, Modesto
Olive Garden, Turlock
Outback, Modesto
Paul's, Merced
Piemonte's Deli, Fresno
The Ranch, Merced
Red Lobster, Modesto
Red Robin, Turlock
Reinero's, Merced
Rice Bowl Express, Escalon
Rizzonelli's, Atwater
Rosemary's Cafe, Gustine
Salida's Kountry Kitchen, Salida
Sam's Cafe, Merced
Sir James, Merced
Sizzler, Merced
Strings, Merced
Sweetriver Saloon, Merced
Thai Cuisine 2, Merced
Taste of Little India, Merced
Texas Roadhouse, Fresno
Toni's Courtyard Cafe, Merced
Wool Grower's Inn, Los Banos
Breakfast Club, Auburn
Charles Street, Mariposa
Christopher's Ristorante, Sonora
City Hotel, Columbia
Columbia Kate's Tea House, Columbia
Cravings, Ione
Diamond Jim's, Sugar Pine
Eproson House, Twain Harte
Foothills Cafe, Sonora
Friar Tuck's Restaurant, Nevada City
Gus's Steakhouse, Sonora
Ike's Quarter Cafe, Nevada City
Jeb's Country Cooking, Sonora
Jimtown Frosty, Jamestown
La Morenita's, Cold Springs
Las Katarinas, Nevada City, CA
Little Cottage Cafe, Twain Harte
Lupita's Eproson House, Twain Harte
Mi Pueblo, Sonora
Miner's Inn Restaurant, Mariposa
Mother Lode Coffee Shop, Jamestown
Neighbor's Pub and Grub, Sonora
Papa's New Roost, Sonora
Pete's Family Restaurant, Jamestown
National Hotel, Jamestown
South Pine Cafe, Nevada City
Sportsman's Coffee Shop, Twain Harte
Squeeze Burger, Sonora
Steam Donkey, Pinecrest
Strawberry Inn, Strawberry
Sugar Pine, Mariposa
The Rock, Twain Harte
Three Forks, Nevada City
Villa D'Oro, Twain Harte
Willow Steakhouse, Jamestown
Wood's Creek Cafe, Jamestown
Cafe de Paris, Union at Buchanan
Cafe Pescatore, Mason St
Castagnola's, Jefferson on the Wharf
Chic's, Pier 39
Cinderella's, Balboa
Colosseo Ristoranti, Columbus, North Beach
Crepe & Curry, Embarcadero, Financial Cntr
Curly's, Powell St, Russian Hill
Eritrean Ethiopian, Irving St, Inner Sunset
Fisherman's Grotto, Taylor on the Wharf
Gaspari's, Geary, Outer Richmond
Gold Spike, Columbus, North Beach
India Curry House, Columbus at Francisco
Jones Sports Bar,  Lombard
Lovejoy's Tea Room, Church St, Noe Valley
Massawa's, Haight St
Meze's, Chestnut St, Marina
Mo's, Grant, North Beach
Original Joe's, Taylor, Tenderloin
Pescatore, Mason, the Wharf
Pot Sticker, Waverly, Chinatown
The Ramp, China Basin
Ristorante Buon Gusto, SoSF
Stinking Rose, Columbus, North Beach
California All Else United States United Kingdom
Al's Redwood Room, Willits
Ardella's Kitchen, Willits
BarBelow, Fort Bragg
Bluebird Cafe, Hopland
Bones Roadhouse, Gualala
Brentwood, Lucerne
Broiler, Redwood Valley
Brookdale Lodge, Brookdale
Brookdale Cafe, Brookdale
Carousel, Woodland
Cattleman's, Livermore
Chili's Grill & Bar, Capitola
Country Skillet, Willits
Deb's Great American Burger, Redway
Eggheads, Fort Bragg
El Serape, Pixley
Fontanas, Cupertino
Gilbert's, Santa Cruz
Granzella's, Williams
Gribaldo's, Willits
Headlands Coffee, Fort Bragg
Hoffman Bistro, Santa Cruz
Holder's Country Inn, Cupertino
Hoppe's Bistro, Cayucos
Howard's Station Cafe, Occidental
Hungry Hunter, Bakersfield
International Market & Deli, Monterey
JA Steakhouse, Kingman
Jara's Restaurant, Willits
Jedro's Steakhouse, Needles
Just Breakfast, San Jose
Just Breakfast, Morgan Hill
Lucas Wharf Restaurant, Bodega Bay
Lumberjack's, Willits
Mike's Roadhouse Cafe, Mojave
Miramar's Fish Grotto, Santa Cruz
Nicely's, Lee Vining
Nigri's, Occidental
Rappa's, The Wharf, Monterey
Red Pearl, Boulder Creek
Red Robin, Woodland
The Restaurant, Fort Bragg
Ruen Tong, Ukiah
Sanderlings, Aptos
Schooner's Wharf, Cayucos
Sea Shanty, Cayucos
Silvers at the Wharf, Fort Bragg
Tuck Box, Carmel
Victorian Corner, Pacific Grove
Berghoff, O'Hare Airport, Chicago, IL
Blue Blinds Bakery, Plymouth, MA
Cracker Barrel, Wilkes-Barre, PA
East Bay Grille, Plymouth, MA
Friendly's, Gettysburg, PA
Gilligan's, Harrisburg, PA
Goldies, Williams, AZ
Grand Canyon Caverns Cafe
Happy Days Cafe, Boulder, NV
Isaac's, Plymouth, MA
Joe & Aggie's, Route 66, Holbrook, AZ
Kate's Cafe, Tuba City, AZ
Lincoln Diner, Gettysburg, PA
Magpie's Coffeehouse, Cortez, CO
Mesa Verde Cafe, Mesa Verde, CO
Monte Christo's, Plymouth, MA
Persy's Place, Plymouth, MA
Red Lobster, Flagstaff, AZ
Red Lobster, Gettysburg, PA
Springhouse Tavern, Gettysburg, PA
Antonio's, Falkirk, Scotland
Beefeater, Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland
Buttercup Cafe, Doune, Scotland
Carter's Restaurant, Jedburgh, Scotland
Cookie Jar, Jedburgh, Scotland
Cottage Inn, Alnwick, England
Craignure Inn, Craignure, Mull, Scotland
Dreams Cafe, York, England
Dunstanburgh Hotel, Alnwick, England
Galloway Arms, Crocketford, Scotland
Glenforsa, Aros, Mull, Scotland
La Cappanna, Nottingham, England
Old Post Office, Linlithgow, Scotland
Simply Scottish, Jedburgh, Scotland
Traveller's Rest, Workington, England
Union Inn, Falkirk, Scotland
Verdis Italian, Berwick, England
Union Inn, Portdownie, Scotland
Waggon Inn, Kelso, Scotland
Wild Strawberry Cafe, Keswick, England
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nott, England

Hotel Ratings

San Francisco California United States
Buena Vista, Lombard at Gough
Comfort Inn, Van Ness, Cow Hollow
Comfort Inn, Grand Ave, SSF
Double Tree, SSF (Brisbane)
King George, Mason at Geary, Union Sq
La Luna, Cow Hollow
Marina Motel, Cow Hollow
Queen Anne Hotel, Sutter and Octavia
Royal Pacific Hotel, Broadway, Chinatown
Serrano Hotel, Taylor at O'Farrell

Baechtel Creek Inn, Willits
Best Western Inn, Willits
Bodega Harbor Inn, Bodega Bay
Broad Street Inn, Nevada City
Brookdale Lodge, Brookdale
Capitola Inn, Capitola
Cayucos Beach Inn, Cayucos
Grand Canyon Caverns Inn, Seligman
Hilton Garden Inn, Cupertino
Holiday Lodge, Grass Valley
Ione Hotel, Ione
Lighthouse Lodge, Monterey
Motel 6, Barstow
North Cliff Hotel, Fort Bragg
Outside Inn, Nevada City
Pacific Inn, Santa Cruz
Red Castle Inn, Nevada City
Scotia Inn, Scotia
Sierra Retreat, Coleville
Super 8, Willits
Travel Lodge, Tehachapi
Traveler's Inn, Needles
Blue Spruce Motel, Plymouth, PA
Days Inn, Cortez, CO
Little Round Top Farm, Gettysburg, PA
Navajoland Days Inn, St Michael's AZ
Star Lake Motel, Vegas, NV
Travel Lodge, Flagstaff, AZ
Westerner, Williams, CO
Places to try United Kingdom
SW Hotel, Chinatown, Broadway SF
Castle Inn, Russian Hill, SF
National Hotel, Nevada City

Arrochar Hotel, Arrochar, Argyll, Scotland
Cara House, Berwick, Northumb, England
Cocked Hat, Coventry, England
Elizabethian Townhouse, Berwick, England
Galloway Arms, Crocketford, Scotland
Hadrian Hotel, Hadrians Wall, England
Hall Park Hotel, Workington, England
Hotel 53, York, England
Isle of Mull Spa, Craignure, Mull, Scotland
Premier Inn, Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland
Premier Inn, Queensferry, Scotland
Spread Eagle, Jedburgh, Scotland


Shop Ratings

San Joaquin Valley Motherlode San Francisco
Cloth and Quilts, Turlock
Cloud 9, Merced
Country Comfort, Merced
Dean Floral, Turlock
Dragon's Treausre
Free Bird Company, Fresno
Grandma's Antiques, Merced
Rad Rags, Hilmar
Rainbow Fabrics, Turlock
Ross for Less, many locations
Second Time Around Books, Merced
Urban Outfitters, Fresno
Vintage Market, Turlock
Artemisia Herbals, Columbia
Artificer's Exchange, Columbia
Asylum Down, Nevada City
Banyon Tree, Sonora
Ben Franklin Crafts, Nevada City
Benjamin Fig, Sonora
Bird Nest Tea, Mariposa
Bolton Feed, Sonora
Bright Designs, Sonora
Columbia Clothier & Emporium, Columbia
Columbia Kate's Boutique, Columbia
Crystal Rainbow Rock Shop, Nevada City
Dar Beads, Nevada City
Delightful Treasures, Coarsegold
Dial's Rock Á Fossil, Catheys Valley
Dorothea's Christmas, Sonora
Garden Company, Soulsbyville
Harte of the Kitchen, Twain Harte
Here's The Scoop, Jamestown
Jewelry by Robyn, Coarsegold
Mountain Rose Thrift Store, Sonora
Nature's Whole Food Depot, Sonora
Nest and Nursery, Twain Harte
Sawdust Studio, Coarsegold
Sharon Malone Lingerie
Sonora's Favorite Kitchen Store
SPD Market, Nevada City
Stories in Stones, Angels Camp
Sweet Pea Creek, Coarsegold
Twain Harte Hardware, Twain Harte
Twain Harte Market, Twain Harte
Twain Harte Pharmacy, Twain Harte
Yabobo, Nevada City
Yosemite Gifts, Mariposa
Al's Attire, North Beach
Andronico's Market, Sunset
Beat Museum, North Beach
Britex Fabrics, Union Square
Cole Hardware, Cole Valley
Collector's Cave, Marina/Cow Hollow
Columbus Cutlery, North Beach
Cookin', Divisadero
Cost Plus, Wharf
Crystal Way, Market/Castro
Discount Fabrics, Haight
Dreams of Katmandu, Haight
Earthsong, Haight
Fortune Cookie Factory, Chinatown
Frederickson's Hardware, Cow Hollow
Gamescape, Lower Haight
Genesis Imports', Haight
Goorin Brothers, Haight St
Green Apple, the Avenues
Haight Ashbury Music Center, Haight St
Juno, Chinatown
Loved to Death, Haight
Mee Mee Bakery, Chinatown
Mystery Mister, Haight
Piedmont Boutique, Haight St
Positively Haight Street, Haight
Real Food Co, Fillmore St
So Good Jewelry, Haight St
Tibet Styles, Haight
Tibetan Gift Corner, Haight
California United States United Kingdom
2 English Ladies, Chico
Bead It, Santa Cruz
Book Juggler, Willits
Cali Kind, Hopland
Casa de Fruta, Hollister
Chefworks, Santa Cruz
Clark's Collectibles, Nice
Colleen Toland, Sebastopol
Creative Water Gardens, Escalon
Dragon's Lair, Ukiah
Gallery This, Brookdale
The Goods Shoppe, Willits
Hat Company, Santa Cruz
J D Redhouse, Willits
Logos Books and Records, Santa Cruz
Mendocino Yarn Shop, Mendocino
Mitsuwa, San Jose
Mountain Feed & Supply, Ben Lomond
Oakville Grocery, Oakville
Om Gallery, Santa Cruz
Outdoor Store, Fort Bragg
Pets N Stuff, Ione
Purple Moose Thrift, Willits
Roselina, Willits
Rubaiyat Beads, Fort Bragg
Sierra Azul Nursery, Watsonville
Windsong Books, Fort Bragg
World Market Bazaar, Santa Cruz
Crystal Wand, Gettysburg, PA
Holly Pharmacy, Mount Holly Springs, PA
Spirit of the Red Horse, St Paul, MN
Stems Vases, Seattle, WA
Wilderness Lodge, Gettysburg, PA


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