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Zipping along the monotonous drive between Los Angeles and the Bay Area on Interstate 5 is a fun place loaded with nostalgic lunch boxes to bring back memories of gone by school days.  Located right off the freeway on Panoche Rd in Firebaugh, California, the Apricot Tree Restaurant has hundreds of old lunch boxes and thermos’ from 1950-1983.

The oldest lunch box is a Hop Along Cassidy and the most current is Rambo.   Hundreds of metal lunch boxes and thermos’ feature Disney, westerns, sports, movies and popular characters displayed high on top of wooden beams and decorate the walls throughout the dining room.   If you had a favorite lunch box from years past, you just might find it in this very large vintage collection.

Continuing 46 miles south on I-5 is Harris Ranch Inn and you will know when you are close by with the distinct smell of cattle feed yards drifting in the air.  Thousands of prime cattle graze near the Coalinga home of Harris Ranch where travelers enjoy a beefy meal and nice gift shop.  A straight shot from the turnoff of Highway 198 and I-5 the Hacienda style facility is clean and relaxing.   Both places make the drive so much easier!

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