Most of you know it’s been an anxious summer for my family, with parent health issues. Things are stabilizing nicely and last weekend, hubby and I got to take advantage of tickets we purchased a few months back…to ride a steam train. Hubby’s a steam-freak. That comes from growing up in the country where the neighbors built their own steam-run mill. They did such a good job, it’s currently being torn down piece by piece and reconstructed as part of a museum display. (Outdoor, of course.) 🙂
Anyhow, we headed south to Oregon, to a small fishing village called Garibaldi. We had a great time. And I fell in love with the area. Our motel was clean, well-decorated, and friendly…and right on the harbor. We had amazing views and sunsets. The manager even provided the fixings for S’mores over a campfire outside by the crab cleaning and cooking station. I’m telling you, it was heaven! 🙂
But the best part of the whole weekend for me was a little cafe about half a block away from the motel. Irish’s Mooring Cafe was a home away from home for me. I wake up earlier than my husband (he stays up later than me). So when we have a hotel room, I feel like I keep him awake as I type away on the keyboard at 7AM. Well, Irish’s is open early to stock the fishing boats, so I was able to grab a table in the corner and a great-tasting cup of coffee.
But did I work? No. I spent the hour or two there before my husband joined me chatting with fisherman and the owner, Maighread. She’s from Waterford, Ireland. And she and her husband made everyone feel like they were sitting around the kitchen table. Although, I have to say, the food was better than I provide at my own table. Homemade corned beef hash, country fried potatoes, soda biscuits and gravy. We weren’t there long enough to sample it all, but what we tasted was awesome.
So if any of you happen to be on the Oregon coast and passing through Garibaldi (maybe on your way to the Tillamook Cheese Factory?), stop by Irish’s and tell her Laurie and Mark say hi. I tried to talk hubby into moving there, but alas…it’s not in the cards. Yet. LoL. So for now, I’ll have to settle for an occasional visit for some awesome food and conversation.
Have a wonderful end of summer weekend, everyone!
Laurie Ryan (and hubby). 🙂