January 5-6, 2007
I continued north to Alcove Spring. Located next to a location where pioneer wagons forded the Blue River. The spring was found and named by a member of the Donner Party in 1846. This location was also the site of the first recorded death in the Donner Party - 70 year old Sarah H. Keyes, who died from consumption (pun not intended).
The spring is productive all year around, but it also is fed by a small seasonal waterfall that was active this day from snow runoff. There was even more snow here, and I was the first person to visit the springs/falls since the last snowstorm. It was quite pretty, and the sun almost came out.
A long detour kept me from making my next stop before dark, so I drove down to Junction City where I would spent the night at the Econolodge - simple, clean and only $40 a night.
I planned to revisit Seoul Oriental Restaurant in Junction City for supper, but found that it has closed permanently. My second choice was to revisit Pusan Restaurant & Korean Dinner, but it had a sign that it is closed indefinitely. I did find a good new restaurant, Korea Garden. A small, stark, but very clean restaurant which opened in August.
The Osam Bulgogi (squid & pork belly mixed with spicy sauce) was very good. "Pork belly" turned out to be the lean bacon-like cuts of meat that I have been recently enjoying at the Korean buffet in Johnson County. I thought it was pricey for Junction City at $19.95, but it was a huge serving and came with 8 tiny sides including rice, 2 kimchis, sprouts, potato, and a coleslaw like noodle dish that was very good.
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