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Multnomah Falls


Multnomah Falls
* Columbia River, Oregon *

A spectacular panoramic waterfall along the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side, just east of Troutdale. It drops in two steps split into a upper falls plunging 542 feet, and a smaller bottom level with a 69 foot drop. It is Oregon’s tallest waterfall, and the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. It is fed from underground springs coming from the Larch Mountain, augmented by spring runoff. The park is free and ample parking is shared by east and westbound travelling along the Columbia river corridor. A must stop for anyone travelling in the area. Great rest stop as well with restaurant, cafe, gift shop, and restrooms. A highly popular tourist stopoff.

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Willow Park Rest Area in Victoria, Australia

Willow Park Rest Area
* 2433-2511 Princes Hwy, Rosedale VIC 3847 * Victoria, Australia

Along the M1 in Victoria is the “Willow Park” Rest Area. Great spot to stop and rest when not in flooding season. Unfortunately during our lunch pitstop on April 18th, it was flooded, and mosquitos were “outta control!” Its just outside of Rosedale near the Latrobe River. Often you can find solitude here. Apparently (we didn’t know at the time) it is one of Australia’s few free campsites. Dog friendly. Has public toilets, water, shade trees, picnic tables, campfire pits, and space for caravans and tents. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Reviewed by Leaf McGowan.

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Roadside Pad Thai

Roadside Pad Thai

Many travellers just don’t really get the picture of how simplistic cooking can be, especially when on the road. Its pretty easy to equipt your car, vardo, van, or better yet … RV with kitchen stuff. Basically all you need is pots n’ pans, a camping cooking stove, utensils, and ingredients. Patience and taking a moment out of your crunched travel schedule to actual “make” a healthy meal rather then succombing to pulling through a fast food drive thru and indulging in something that’s not good for you just because its fast or cheap.

One of my favorite meals on the road for the rest area dining experience is Pad Thai. “Reststop Pad Thai”.

What you need:

  • Pot for boiling water and rice noodles
  • Frying pan
  • Oil
  • spices …. I like cayenne, curry, ginger, garlic
  • spatula
  • camping stove with fuel and matches (or lighter)
  • strainer, plates or bowls, forks, napkins
  • Ingredients for the dish:
    • Rice Noodles
    • water
    • olive oil
    • cayenne, garlic, curry, ginger
    • potatoes and fresh vegetables
    • tofu or meat
    • 2 eggs
    • pad thai sauce

Boil water with rice noodles. Once soft, drain and rinse with cold water from your jug. Set aside in a bowl.

In frying pan, add olive oil, garlic, and sliced or chunked potatoes

Fry up tofu and or meat. Once potatoes and tofu (or meat) is lightly browned, add in vegetables.

Add ginger, curry, and cayenne to taste.

Add in two eggs/fry in with the tofu (meat) and veggies.

Stir frequently with spatula.

Add in rice noodles.

Use home-made pad thai sauce or store bought sauce. (can also get peanut sauce to go from Tokyo Joes)

Season and stir to taste.


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