I turned 42 last Wednesday -- the day after I got back from Bend -- and Missy, Kim, and Jan, along with Stephanie, a friend of Kim's from work, joined me in celebrating at the Mobil just outside Lee Vining. Yup, it's true ... we ate dinner and drank mango margaritas (two pitchers, thank you) at a fabulous deli (The Whoa Nellie Deli) that is in a Mobil gas station at the bottom of Tioga Pass, just off Hwy. 395. I know it sounds bizarre, but honestly, the food is the best. I had Seared Ahi, Kim had Lobster Taquitos, and Missy had Carnitas Tacos. Jan had a big 'ole slab of chocolate cake, and Stephanie just stuck with the margaritas -- yup, she'll fit right in with us!
Missy had the server-dude bring out a big slab of carrot cake with a candle for me -- two customers from inside even followed the employees out to join in the traditional serenade -- I'm not telling you what I wished, as I really do hope it comes true. Good eats, good drinks, and lotsa laughter. Happy Birthday to me!!!