I made the trip all the way across back in '88-89, when in the Air Force. First, in boot camp near San Antonio, I see these strange Wise Chips packages that were red
, with a totally different UPC. And that must have been as far as it went, as I never saw them any further West.
The local cake brand was Mrs. Baird's (which is also the bread), and then you had Colonial Break (Campbell Taggart, now Earth Grains, but has since dropped the entire line of cakes). This is where I first encountered the Shake Cakes, which were like Zingers, but chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Had never seen any of this stuff back east!
In the next stage of training in Denver, they also had the Break's, but the accompanying bread label was Rainbo.
Then, finally, permanent station at George AFB in the Victor Valley. I know now they have closed the base and turned it into a regional airport.
When I was there, nothing but Hostess and Dolly Madison (as far as snack cakes), except in the Von's, where they were actually carrying Drakes
! (And in LA too!). It was a deal with one person working with that one store chain (and a flea market thrift store on Main St. LA), and only family packs; and when he shortly died, they were gone! (at least until recent expansion attempts, if some of you say yoou can get them out there). I also did see the Breaks at a rest stop between LA and San Francisco, and this was the last time I was to see the Shake Cakes.
I also wonder how often you all in the desert see tarantulas? (Something you all can keep
!) I always thought they were in the tropics only. It wasn't until the movie Wild, Wild West that I realized they were here in our western deserts. So I was actually out there with them!
I wasn't even thinking about stuff like that then. The base was surrounded by desert, and I used to walk into town sometimes and remember that former Rt66 road and seeing off into the boundless desert, but never saw any of those things, thank goodness. I just remember nothing but Joshua trees.