I love a cafe in the woods.
I especially love a cafe with a friendly name. Who was Beckie?
Minutes from Crater Lake
Don and I passed Beckie's when we left Crater Lake Lodge, last June.
We didn't have time to stop, but I took a photo and hoped we could someday return.
A Week Later
We did! A week later! We had our granddaughter and her parents with us.
We were headed on a road trip from Portland to Austin, Texas. Breakfast at Beckie's was the perfect stop at the beginning of our 10-day trip.
Beckie's is on the Register of National Historic Places.
It sits right on the road, across from Union Creek Resort.
Union Creek Resort
Union Creek Lodge was built in 1922, but it had to be rebuilt after a fire in the 1930's.
You can still stay in the lodge, where famous guests like Herbert Hoover and Jack London once spent a night.
Waiting for a Table
Beckie's probably served some famous guests, back in the day. We weren't famous enough to jump the line. We had to wait a while for table. While we waited, I entertained Charlie with some sticks.
Charlie entertained some other waiting guests, with her jumping skills.
Lots of Wood
When our table was ready, we stepped into the cozy interior and admired the shiny wood walls and ceiling.
I loved the wooden stools. They didn't look exactly comfy, but they amused me! Like giant wooden checkers, balancing on carved poles!
We were shown to a table in a larger room, but I begged (politely) to be seated in one of the little nooks in the front room. The curvy table legs looked like horns!
The red curtains and cushions made the space cozy, like Grandma's Cottage. Or was it Aunt Beckie's house? Who was Beckie?
The name Beckie was actually the nickname of Ed Becklehimer, who ran the restaurant and gas station, until the late 1960's. I'm guessing that's him, standing on the porch.
After Mr. Beckie died, his wife Cecil took over. She evidently had fiery red hair and a glass eye. It's a little hard to tell, but that could be her, next to Ed. When she took over the biz, guests began calling her Beckie. She was known for her huckleberry pies.
Time to Eat
We were hungry by the time we sat in our cozy booth.
We studied the menu and enjoyed coffee in cute mugs.
While waiting on our orders, I chatted with Charlie and tried to understand her pacifier language. She and her Paci have been best buds for 2.5 years!
We chatted a bit about pancakes (her order) and maybe even about pacifiers. I told her we had a "Paci Bed" waiting for her in Texas. (I had a good-by paci plan)
When Beckie's Hotcakes arrived, Charlie promptly removed the paci.
Suddenly Charlie let out a squeal and announced clearly in non-paci-launguage, "OH PANCAKES! THANK YOU!!"
Don's expression is not as over the top as his granddaughter's.
But he was happy with his ham and cheese omelet. He had extra good words for the thick, sweet ham.
My soft, moist biscuit was served in a sea of sausage gravy! Pretty epic! If only we'd had room for some huckleberry pie!
Sadly we didn't all finish our plates. We had no cooler for taking leftovers with us.
We headed for the cars, full and happy. I glanced across the street at the old stone water fountain and the cabins under the tall pines. I don't know when we'll be out this way again, but we'll have to stay at night at Union Creek Resort! Then we can try the dinner menu and even enjoy a beverage besides coffee! And of course, some pie!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.