This blog captures interesting facts and just fun stuff that you, our friends and customers, will enjoy reading as much as we enjoy sharing them with you.
It could be the latest Dwayne-ism’s (the quirky hopefully enduring things that come out of Dwayne’s mouth on a regular basis… which are apparently genetic as his youngest granddaughter, Faith does the same – we call them Faithism’s), or Dwayne and Sharon’s travel posts, how they’ve found the eclectic pieces hanging inside the restaurant, or news about local artist stories and so much more… this space is really about letting you in to our lives.
We are so much more than a family restaurant, we are open hearted and active in our community. Walking into our restaurant is like entering our living room… you are welcome here!
The Third “Diamond in the Rock Youth Talent Search” ended this past Sunday evening with a full house at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. The 11 youth competing were absolutely awesome, a wonderful highly talented group of young people. Each Wednesday evening for all of April and May 3 to 4 young people were judged on their performance with the week’s winner going onto the final. The Winner of this year’s “Diamond in the Roc” are twins, Alanna & Brianne (14 years).
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS ALANNA & BRIANNE FINN MORRIS
For more on this go to www.whiterocksun.com and check out the Night Owl section.
You may have already seen the Twins perform on the Weekends at the Roadhouse and if not check out our entertainment schedule. Several more of these talented Youth will be featured on Friday and Saturday evenings.
OPEN MIC for youth 19 years and younger living in the South Surrey/White Rock area STARTS again the LAST WEDNESDAY EVENING between 7pm and 9pm June 26th and continues each last Wednesday of the month. A great opportunity to gain experience and provide great entertainment for our Guests.
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For those staying on with us Thank you. We appreciate the support we have received in the Community and we look for ways to give back.
Dwayne & Sharon Jacobson, Lise Houweling , Chef Young and Staff
McJac’s Roadhouse Grille Restaurant
Recently the Peace Arch News, our local and amazing newspaper, asked me, Lise, and my husband Paul, if we would be willing to be interviewed for an article in their 2013 Wedding Showcase insert. They had seen a few pictures as my dad, Dwayne, was showing them off and they had wanted to do an article this year on a more “mature” bride…uh hem since I am 38 I now fall into that “mature” category!
Paul and I agreed and viola Melissa S interviewed us separately and did an amazing job telling our story.
I feel so blessed and honoured not only to have met Paul and been given such a HUGE second chance at love I never thought I would have, but also by the emails and responses I have been receiving letting us know how our story inspired them and brings hope. I have to say that that really is what life is all about.. at least a big part of it! sharing our stories one with another and inspiring others through our trials and victories!
Thank you to the Peace Arch News and Melissa for sharing our story!
February 1st marks the Roadhouse Grille’s 16th Birthday!
In a day and age where corporate is king and the little guys are becoming smaller we are SO very grateful for our 16 years.
To celebrate our Birthday we are offering a special 16 day Birthday menu with items 2 for $16 from Feb 1 to Feb 16. This 16 Day Birthday Menu features items from our Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menus.
Check out our Birthday Ad in the Peace Arch News and the Now Newspaper for a contest entry form to win a $160 Gift Card to the Roadhouse Grille!
Also make your reservations today 604-531-3167 for Valentine’s Day Dinner Feb 14th 5-8pm with a special menu and LIVE music!!! Romance at the Roadhouse! <3
We wish to thank all our customers for 16 amazing years! we look forward to continuing to serve you for generations to come!
The Roadhouse is in my DNA … I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s my second home! and so when Paul proposed and we started planning our wedding I knew there was no other place I wanted the Reception to be other then here at the Roadhouse. 130 of our closest friend and family… some family travelled very far to be here with us! joined us as we celebrated our New Beginnings together as Mr and Mrs Houweling. I never imagined that I would make a second trip down the aisle and I never imagined that there was a man as kind gentle loving and overall amazing as Paul but he continues to smash my “nevers” into a thousand wonderful pieces.
My wedding day was perfect as the sun decided to come out and shine on us in a string of typical rainy days… it was amazing. The reception at the Roadhouse was exactly how we wanted it to be.. no head table.. no formal structure… just an evening of amazing company with delicious food (we had Prime Rib cuz honestly it IS the best in town) and had an absolute blast dancing (yes we can fit a dance floor in our retro room)… it was perfect.
Thank you to all who came and supported us and for those who couldn’t be here but sent your love … we are so blessed! We are so excited to be married and walking our new journey together, hand in hand, side by side… exactly where we know God wants us to be!
It’s that time of year again, when people smile a little bigger, they open doors for others and hopefully don’t have parking lot rage :0) It’s a time of reflection and making amends. With the New Year approaching it’s a time for taking stock of ones life and making positive changes.
For me, Lise, it’s also a time for walking down Christmas Memory Lane.
Growing up we didn’t believe in Santa… we were raised in a pretty Christian household and Santa just wasn’t a part of the belief system. We did get a stocking though filled with oranges and a candy cane and 1 present.. we were allowed to run down when we woke up and get our stocking. My sister, Shannon, who is closest in age to me (I am the youngest of 4 girls), and I would eat our oranges, suck on our candy cane…which did NOT taste so good at first after the oranges and sneak carefully under the tree to try to squeeze shake and poke our Christmas presents… the excitement and anticipation was palpable in the air! We would gingerly try to wake up our parents… ok I say gingerly they may say loudly and irritatingly… so they would wake up and we could start the day!
Our mom and dad would make breakfast together…poached eggs and toasted Christmas Bread (the big wreath bread with the candied “fruit” and nuts in it! we still have that same Christmas Breakfast every year! oh and I wouldn’t be me without doing a shameless plug for the Bakery which makes this wonderful Christmas Wreath Bread! ) and we would get our Christmas dresses on and wait for the family to arrive. We have a BIG family and dinner was usually at our house. I can remember sitting backwards on the couch looking out the window anxiously awaiting the arrival of more family.
The house would fill with people… the windows would get all steamed up as the Christmas dinner and all the people would fill our house with warmth. The smell of turkey will forever be stamped with a feeling of warmth happiness and contentment.
Opening presents would happen after dinner, which at times would mean the dinner tables would stretch out the entire length of our living and dining rooms put together! One of my favourite Christmas memories was the year my mom bought herself a nightie.. a decent one there were children present! and wrapped it up and gave it to my dad for a Christmas present.. my dad opened it held it up to himself and started laughing the only way my dad laughs.. he could hardly see through the tears he was shedding as he belly laughed himself off the couch and slid on to the floor… the rest of us were laughing so hard we were crying as well. I will never forget the way my mom laughed at her good joke and my dads response. Love and laughter were in the air.
From my family to yours Merry Christmas and may the Reason for the Season reign in your lives!
Sharon and I presently are on the Cruise out of Galveston.
Our travel from the Maritimes to Galveston had many wonderful experiences.
Maine offered beautiful small towns and seaside resorts. It was here that Sandra left us and headed west. Not sure where she is now but she has no problem travelling alone (well not completely – she has Lacey with her) and no problem meeting people.
Glenn and Darlene Gregory of Thunder Bay and ourselves carry on in tandem.
New Hampshire – again beautiful scenery and a before you know it you’ve gone through it.
Massachusetts – We drove into Boston and walked around the Freedom trail, had lunch at Dick’s then on the road again but this time to Cap Cod and an overnight stay close to the beach. Absolutely Beautiful. The girls (Sharon and Darlene) and Cooper tried out the water in Cap Cod Bay. The next day we stopped in Providence for lunch. Delightful old city.
Connecticut – also offered beautiful scenery and drove right on our way to the RV camp site in Jersey City.
New York – Well both Glenn and myself, fully reliant on the GPS, found ourselves driving on a road that soon became restricted to vehicles as high as ours. We turn off and find ourselves in the Bronx, dodging traffic and train trestle structures. After what seemed like hours we were on 3rd avenue which became Park Avenue, a trip through the arched opening in the Met Life building onto a raised roadway leading us down onto Broadway Ave amongst hundreds of yellow cabs – rush hour traffic – and no where to turn off (side streets read “Cars Only” ) – By now we have spent close to 2 hours in New York Traffic on streets restricting RV’s – Glenn following me went through several red lights in order to stay right behind. Police were in sight of several of his infractions but did nothing. We get to the entrance of Holland Tunnel and see the sign “NO CAMPERS _ NO PROPANE” and there’s a police officer just to the left of us. We both hop out of our coaches and turn our propane tanks off. The cop leaves his car and walks across in front of us into a small building – not looking back at all. We proceed through the tunnel to Jersey City – get into the camp site and flop – recounting the just finished journey.
New York – we take the sub into the city delivering us at Ground Zero. We tour the site – very very interesting. Next we take a sub to Times Square and walk around gazing at the billboards and people. Lunch then a walk to Central Park where we take a horse and buggy tour of the Park. Wow! much bigger than ever imagined and so much going on inside. This is a DO NOT MISS this part of the City. We head back to our Jersey site then take a very long walk to the waterfront looking over at New York skyline , Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty. Then a long walk to a Cuban restaurant for a delightful meal. It has been 2 very full days. New Jersey to Gettysburg where we camped and then toured the Battlefield the next day. I found my rear brakes were failing and spent that night camped in the rear parking lot of the Brake shop. We spent more time touring Gettysburg while waiting for the finished work on the coach. Work done around 4;30 pm then on the road again.
West Virginia – beautiful rolling hills – run into a thunderstorm that almost stops all traffic.
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – we camp here for 2 nights – spend a good part of the day in Dolly wood and take in the Dolly wood Stampede show. All very enjoyable. Do a window shopping walk around the town in Gatlinburg before on the road to Nashville. We arrive in Nashville Sunday to find no Grand Ole Opry until Tuesday – so we miss it but head down town to dine and listen to those wanting to make it in the music business. Make a stop at Coyote Ugly – and although the servers may be pretty the place is downright Ugly. After several other stops we head back to camp to rest our bodies. Leaving Nashville we take a secondary road that takes us through residential (estate) neighbourhoods and small towns, countryside – very scenic and much better than on the free-ways. We are headed for Harvest, Alabama where Glenn has a generator door waiting. We arrive at Kerry’s place where I swap the rear 2 right tires (one is wearing too much on the outer edge). We look over Kerry’s handiwork in formed aluminium. Amazing work. A heavy rain downfall then sunshine. We are on our way again headed for New Orleans. Walmart – here we spend our first night dry camping in their parking lot. OK except for the garbage truck at 4am.
New Orleans: we find a lovely camp site at a marina and tour the French Quarters, find a free outdoor music fest in the Financial portion of the City then walk another 1/2 mile to a Cajun Dine and Dance restaurant. Great food, music and fun dancing. Swamp Tour – the final day we are together we take a Swamp tour – where we get to see more than a dozen 5 to 6 year old alligator’s, some turtles, Birds, and an Armadillo. Nice trip. A lunch together then we say our good byes with Glenn and Darlene headed East to Florida and ourselves West to Galveston.
Our time with Glenn, Darlene and Cooper has been rich. We have loved their company, humour, cook off’s, crib games, tours and relaxing times.
Galveston Island. We take the trip from the east that takes us across to the island by ferry. We find a camp site on the far west end of the Island where they allow us to store the Coach – plugged in, while we cruise. We spent Saturday driving around Galveston, walking the beach and having lunch at a beach side restaurant. Awesome beach that goes for miles and miles. The owners have built this camp site up over the past 7 years to include, a pond with fountain, a mini-golf game, outdoor theatre horse back riding, tame ducks, palm trees, full service with picnic benches. To add to all this they drove us to the cruise ship terminal and will also pick us up next Sunday morning.
We have travelled more than 10,000 miles so far.
Dwayne and Sharon Jacobson
White Rock BC
This report covers out time in Newfoundland, return to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
Thank you for all those who help make this a wonderful experience for Sharon and I. I hope we have been a
blessing to you as well.
I am writing this while camped in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. having driven here today from Gettysburg where we spent 2 days. It was there that I discovered
no fluid in the master brake cylinder serving the rear brakes. I imagine I had been driving the last few thousand miles with only front brakes.
Well all 4 rear received new seals, riveted shoes, wheel cylinders and bearings greased. The parking brake does nothing. What a difference.
And to think back to driving some of those hills, city streets, the Bronx, New York . . . . . . . . .
Across Canada Rolling Rally – Last leg in Canada
We finally boarded the overnight ferry (the short northerly route) to Newfoundland. Warning – if you are going on the overnight one make sure to book a state room well ahead of your sailing date. The reclining seats only partially recline and not far enough to be comfortable for sleeping. The cost for this ferry and the return one (Longer route) was just over $1000.00 for our 26 ft coach, 2 passengers, reclining seats on the shorter route (6hr) and a state room on the long route 16 hr).
We stopped in Corner Brook for some brake fluid. Coming into the plaza I spotted what I thought was a guy I know from White Rock. I run after him, calling his name and whistling. He stops his rented RV and looks at me with surprise written all over his face. Soon his wife comes out from the store and again the surprise effect. They tell us of their ventures on the Island sharing places that are a must see.
We arrive in our Deer Lake campsite for the first evening. Stopped next morning in Rocky Point to buy tickets for the Boat cruise in Western Pond in Gros Morne Nat’l Park and headed for it. Sandy decided not to join the Gregory’s and ourselves and went on to Cow Head where she would secure a campsite for us plus buy tickets to the evening live play.
Western Pond – to get there you hike in approx 3 km. The boat holds about 50, and it was full. The trip into the Fjord was fairly smooth, bits of wind and the odd wave coming aboard. A beautiful scenic tour. High rock cliffs on both sides, waterfalls cascading down the rock face in several locations. Roughly a
1 ½ hr one way ride. On the return the wind had increased and swells of 3 to 4 ft occurring with many
Leaping on board soaking those on deck. Both Darlene and Sharon got soaked just before we docked. A delightful tour and recommend it to those who visit the Island.
It was a wet night in Cow Head and a entertaining play by 2 local actors. The next morning we headed north on the Viking Trail arriving at the tip of the Island where we toured the Museum and grounds of where the Vikings landed 400 yrs before Columbus. This is very well presented and worth the trip.
For the evening we headed into St. Anthony’s, ate at a local restaurant (OK) (Sandra did not join us but decided to head to our campsite. She got about ½ mile and her coach quit on her. Start, run a bit then quit. We found her by the side of the road and tried to figure out what the problem was. She spent the night there in a parking lot and the next day had it towed to a local garage that discovered after 2hrs that it was a dirty fuel filter (one by the carb.). We in the meantime did some shopping and a lunch out by the Lighthouse. Had Cod Cakes and beans, excellent!
It took us a couple days to get into St. John’s and stayed in the RV park located in the city. Darlene and Sharon walked to the downtown waterfront and got Screech –in at Trapper John’s. Glenn and I spend a day and half caulking the coaches. We finally made it down to the waterfront in our coach and found parking and our wives, walked around the waterfront area and had a meal. Finding our way back home was a bit of trial and error.
The next day we made our way to the ferry that took us back to Nova Scotia.
We very much enjoyed Newfoundland however the architecture I had envisioned was not there having been replaced with a coating of Vinyl Siding. I realize the homes would now be better insulated and comfortable but I would have liked to have seen more thought go into the selection of materials and colours.
Back in Nova Scotia we were met by Hugh and Rosemary Macdougall driving their 78 Palm Beach.
They joined us as guides to Peggy’s Cove where we camped. From there we toured Peggy’s Cove,
Part of the cottage coast line and Halifax. We took in a great tour of the Alexander Keith Brewery, shopped, and ate some more great seafood chowder. We continued together to Lunenburg where we were joined by Corwin and Rose Marie Hirtle of Bridgewater in their 77 Hughes GMC 2600. We spent the day touring the waterfront, shops, café’s, horse and buggy ride and viewing the work in progress of the Blue Nose. That evening we shared a lovely campsite meal together. It really was delightful spending the time with these two couples. Hopefully we will meet again and enjoy more time together.
After saying our – until we meet again – we headed for the Digby Ferry that would take us on a 3 ½ hr trip in the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, NB.
Upon arrival in NB we followed the GPS plus phone instructions to Adam Raeburn’s residence where we
spent the night camped
in their front driveway. What a wonderful family. Our time there was short but enough to see the many projects Adam has done, underway, starting and dreaming of.
Our last stop in NB was St. Andrews by the Sea. Visited the street market where we tasted the local fare, I had my hair cut, the dogs got their exercise and then we were off to the USA.
That ended the trip in Canada. I highly recommend you do it at least once.
Dwayne & Sharon Jacobson White Rock, BC 77 Kingsley
Glenn & Darlene Gregory Thunder Bay, Ont. 76 Glenbrook
Sandra Shull Seattle, Wash 76 23 ft.
We are now sitting in a Tim Hortons in St. Anthony,NL
After arriving early Saturday morning on the Island of NewFoundland we were all tired and sore from trying to get some hut eye on those not so comfortable reclining chairs on the ferry. We were told to be at the ferry terminal by 8:30pm for the 10:30 departure. Well after patiently waiting until 1am we were finally underway. Ride was smooth.
Arrived and drove to Deer Lake and set up camp for the night.
ON the way Glenn had problems climbing the hills – so he stopped and changed the coil and module, but stll not the fix needed. He stopped again in the parking lot of the Ski Hill resort and changed out his electric fuel pump and walla – resolved.
Sunday we drove up to Gros Morne – Western pond and hiked in the 3K then boarded the boat for a
2 hr ride up into the spectacluar fjord. Waterfalls, awesome rock cliff formations and a strong headwind. ON the return to the dock the winds picked up resulting in 3 to 4 ft swells. Just before docking both Darlene and Sharon (who were standing outside) got soaked – skin deep.
Again on the road to Cow Head to our campsite. That evening we had a meal at the local motel/hotel then to the Theatre for a live play.
Monday we were on the road again headed to L’anse aux Meadows for the Viking exhibit – awesome. we have rain all the way but when we arrived at the site the rain subsided enough for us to enjoin the grounds tour.
Next was a trip into St. Anthony’s for dinner. Sandi decided not to join us for dinner and headed back to the RV campsite. we finished dinner, gassed up and headed to the campsite only to find Sandi stuck on the roadside. She could get it started but when power was needed it would quit. She was able to pull into a buildig supply parking lot and spent the night there. Glenn and I along with our wives and Cooper spent the night in the campsite. Rained all night and continues even now. Presently we are waiting for a tow truck to haul her coach to a local garage. We figure the problem is with fuel supply. So it looks like we will be here in St. Anthony’s for a while. OUr plans are to head back down the Island.
The local weather reports several areas flooded on the west side (which we will be travelling on) and s\t.John’s hit with some roof being lifted off.
Hear that Nova Scotia got hit hard with flooding.
Our plans are to return to Nova scotia on Saturday arriving in Nova Scotia Sunday Morning.
Happy trails to you until we meet again (Name that tune)
This trip so far has been rich in developing new friendships, seeing how beautiful this country is, sharing awesome meals together, helping each other with mechanical adjustments, laughing, winery tours, historical tours and so much more.
What started out from White Rock with 12 coaches into Whistler, braving the 13% grades (more than one) on the trip between Whistler to Boston Bar where Kim and Patricia welcomed us. Many descended into Hell’s Canyon with trepidation. Our Stop in Hope where Sandi had her muffler changed plus spent a night there for distributor work. Our fuel pump spouted fuel in Boston Bar and a fast run to Hope in the hope of finding a fuel filter there, however Dan Borlase came to the rescue with a spare. Great help from Arnie and others and we were back in business.
Next stop was Kelowna under Dan and Judy’s care. 2 days of dry camping on a farmers field. We were joined by 2 other gmc owners. After a wonderful winery tour we sat down to a corn roast then the delightful entertainment provided by the farm family (not sure exactly how many members but at least 16 playing stringed instruments aged between 6 and 65. It was truly wonderful.
After saying goodbye’s 3 of us headed north – Jim & Judy, Sandi and ourselves driving right into Jasper. A long haul and least to say we were all tired. We did stop for a photo shoot at Mount Robson Park. Our reso for a campsite wasn’t until the next day so finding a place to sleep was a challenge. Next morning Jim discovered his fuel pump was pouring gas not only through it but out of it. I was filling at $100 while Jim filled $150 worth. We could not locate a pump anywhere within a 6 hour drive one way, so Jim set out to do a temporary mend and the Teflon on the plug held until we got to Carol Grays in Calgary where we changed it.
We made several stops between Jasper and Lake Louise. The first one was stunning – Athabaska Falls – this one is worth the stop – even have pictures of a rainbow over our heads. when we get the photo’s loaded you’ll see how heavenly we are.
Lake Louise was delightful then onto Banff where we were greeted by Gordon and Luci and found another new GMC owner from Lacombe Alberta camped there – Bob MacLeod. He had bought what was a transmode and used as a travelling Library then converted. The first day we took the gondola up Sulphur Mountain then walked the town shopping area. A so so meal at the Spaghetti Factory then back to camp.
Now on our way to Calgary and stopped at Carol’s house to do the fuel filter changeover. The ladies did the laundry.
On the road again to Drumheller arriving in a downpour but did get there in time to enjoy the Dinosaur Museum – a must stop.
Next day we drove into Saskatoon and set up camp in the Gordon Hull Campsite. We arrived with time to go to the Saskatoon Berry Barn Restaurant. A lovely setting and full of items related to Saskatoon Berries. We tried the perogies and Borscht and ended with Saskatoon Berry Pie – Although I was excited to bring eveyone there the meal results were much less than expected. I will be doing a food blog an report on this later.
The next morning we took in the cultural museum which was great. On the rad again. . .
this time to Yorkton for a night and the next morning we said goodbye to Carol, and we headed to Brandon where we were greeted by Bob and Jean Horton. It was there I changed one rear tire that now had thread showing.
Next stop was in Portage la Prairie and onward from there to Dryden where we camped for the night.
Next day to Thunder Bay where we were welcomed by Glenn and his side kick (wife) Darlene. Darlene was runing out to the street snapping photo’s of our 3 coaches as we entered their yard to our campsite in the rear. They welcomed us into their home, some used their shower, then they fed us. WOW! such a warm loving couple. We then found out they had decided to join us. The next day we toured Fort William – what a great historical site. A few of us went canoeing, Jim and I threw axes (he was better at it – I think from te experience of throwing tools around) then went to a roadhouse restaurant for a great lunch and back to camp. The next morinng we stopped at the Terry Fox memorial before carrying on east around Lake Superior.
Will continue later. . . . now in Quebec City and going into the Old city to tour.