Well, sometimes you need to run away from home for a weekend, to get what I like to call a "Couple's Retreat". Rob and I have some great friends. Since moving to
Oregon, we get to go out more, with adults. When Rob was in the Army, we didn't have time to do a lot. I worked in a hospital that I was on duty, on the weekends and he was at home with the kids, shuffling 2 of the kids to their father's for the weekend. SO
we really never had a weekend to relax in a long long time. It was even hard to get with my side of the family as well, due to me working over nights and on call a few days of the week.
But again, since we retired to the beautiful state of Oregon. We've grown very close to Tim and Toni Marsh. A great couple. I met Toni on
Allrecipes.com a few years ago, when in passing, I saw a comment she made about
living in Grants Pass, OR...right where my in laws live. I got soo excited and basically stocked her, just to have a conversation with about being able to meet when we were to move up here. We tried to meet April 2011 but with time lines...that didn't work.
However, we met in person later that year in August. And since then we have gotten our families together for many a gathering. Birthdays, camping, playing cards.....just for dinner and trips to the coast, like just this last weekend. Last time we took a trip
to the coast with them was last May...a really needed de-stressing trip for myself because we had some family turmoil and Toni thought just getting away for the weekend for me would be great. And boy was she right.
This year, we have been less stressed on the homestead (even though, a lot of my stress now, is more so with my sister being gravely ill) but can tell you the release
of stress, when traveling over to the coast for just a mere few days will do wonders for your sanity. We may have run our little butt's off but really, it was relaxing and peaceful. SO we went with them to their favorite haunts like we did last May and you
know, we saw a few things this time we didn't see last time. Soo I cataloged our trip in order, with some of my favorite photos...not all of them. I used my iPhone mostly but did pull out my camera on Sunday when we stopped along the highway at the beaches.
I hope you enjoy looking at our travels as much as we enjoyed doing so with great friends.
This was taken on the deck of our bungalow's...we stayed at the
Inn at the Beachcomber , a quaint little place right with in yards of the
beach...obviously this is the view LOL! We sat on the deck playing cards, eating some snacks before dinner, we are a funny set of people...Rob and I drove over to the local grocery store and picked up an oil lamp w/oil...returned and played cards by lamp light...hey
it worked. The deck lights didn't come on but it was nice! I was covered in a blanket and was cozy. We had hummus, Goat Cheese covered in Blueberries, Crab ball, beef jerky & crackers ;-) We know how to roll with the punches!
Then at 8, we headed over to
Spinner's a local dinner restaurant, we've been to before, for their amazing
Crab cakes. Well honestly this time, the quality wasn't great...it was okay, and the waiter was, as Toni put it..."stumbling all over us". The waiter lied to me, when I asked if there was skins in the mashed potatoes and he said no...but there was, I was picking
them out. But My crab cake (picture to the right is what Toni, Tim and I all ordered) but my crab cake looked extra crispy on the outside, almost burnt looking and so I removed that layer and...saw no lump crab meat, which should have been totally filled with
huge lumps. It was all mush like, as Tim put it...."it was like a can of tuna or cat food with spices." I agreed. The look wasn't that appealing. While it tasted okay, Toni and Tim have been here way way more then Rob and I, so they knew the standards had
dropped and we chatted over the whole meal....puzzled. Rob said his fish and chips were okay. Which is the picture to the left.
Just after we got outside, Toni saw one of the waitresses, that she offend seen when eating here. And by the time, we all got to the Beachcomber, changed and met up in their room for cards, Tim received a phone call from the restaurant,
basically apologizing for everything and comped meals for the next time. And that was a great part on them, to do that. I don't know what our waiter was fumbling all over us, it was just us 4 and 2 other gentlemen in the bar area...but oh well. And just so
you know, it's rather peaceful in the bar area. Maybe we'll get the nice lady we had the last time on the next go around....The one thing I told Toni and Tim was, the guy brought us a second basket of bread, but less then 5 minutes later when he brought our
meals....he took the bread back, I was like humph?! we didn't get to enjoy it LOL...
After spending the evening playing another round of "Oh HELL!" Off to my room with hubby, he climbed into the comfy bed and off to sleep he went. I should have taken
photos of our quaint room with the gas stove. I climbed onto the 2nd bed to turn on the laptop...it was slow..and dozed off right where I sat. The next morning, I was up and ready for coffee...but none of the outlets in our room would power up my frother or
Gusto...and I wanted a Caramel cappuccino something awful! So after we packed up, Rob drove me over to a coffee stand and got my large coffee to go. We met up with Toni and Tim, then got on the road to Bandon, OR.
It was such a relaxing drive. We pulled into this little bitty mom and pop motel called the
La Kris Inn , got our rooms and they were just so cute and adorable. Rob and I
got a small Queen-size jungle themed room, which I loved, because the chair matched my laptop bag. Toni and Tim got a ocean themed room with sailboats and had two beds...one for Jack Riley and Pootie, their dogs... But we took the dogs with us for our outing...they
are awesome dogs! Might have to try and teach Princey Poo-Poo how to travel with us.
Just after we checked in, Tim or Toni (not sure which one) spots
The Human Bean!!!! My favorite place to get coffee...I love love love coffee
from here. Better then Starbucks! And since we don't have one in Cave Junction...I love the Dutch Bros. Coffee...But The Human Bean is the best! I was quick to run over there and get my usual..but not before telling the lady at the window, I loved her! She
just about busted in laughter! As I know Tim did because he walked with me as we got our lovelies a coffee drink too.
After that, we drove basically down the hill to downtown Bandon. And stopped at another restaurant we've eaten at before and it's soo good!!! This is the
Bandon Fish Market where we had Fish N' Chip Baskets. Last
time I had the chowder here and it's great! This time, I shared with hubby. Of course I let him have all the fries...and the coleslaw ;-) Then after lunch we looked in a couple of shops and then got on the road to Coos Bay and Charleston, OR for some shopping
and crabbing. We drove over and stopped in a flea market mall where I found a few things I couldn't part with. Then walked next door and that was funny.
Toni had been telling me, we have got to see my goat. And she explains this goat was, hmm?! Over stuffed. And it was quite funny. Must have been there an extremely
long long time...I was laughing just at the thought of it...then I saw it in person and well...he was packed alright. But he was in great condition at the
Oregon Auction House There was something I wanted there, but wasn't in the
mood to pay the $70 they were asking when I was there in person. They had some great items, that I'll be looking at and watching closely since I know the web address.
I then spotted this collection and thought of the TV show, The Big Bang Theory...my favorite sitcom. But I noticed the collection isn't complete...Where is Captain Kirk?
After that we drove over to the Hospice Thrift Store, and wasn't there long, Rob rushed me out of there LOL! I guess he thought I was going to spend lots of money in there, truth was, I hadn't finished
looking. I barely spent a dollar at this point. He jumped the gun on me and run me out of the store. We were headed over to do some crabbing. Tim pulled over and said, "hey, we are going back to the Thrift Store, do you mine? Toni's parents are there?" I said
"heck no, I don't mind..let's go!" SO back down the street we went again. And I got to meet them both...they were awfully nice and Toni got a chuckle out of me in the store with her mom. I can't go into the full details...it was sort of "R-rated" because of
something that happened a few weeks ago at a local Goodwill with a weirdo..and that's as far as I go on that one. But had a great visit none the less. And Vi and I got Toni laughing pretty hard. And to add to my dollar I spent the 1st time, I only spent a
total of $11 there. And then it was off to Charleston, OR for some crabbing.
Here's Rob supervising Tim...hahaha he's never been crabbing before and you will find he has to sit a lot due to back issues. But he was still learning the ropes from his chair.
Here is Tim, setting up 2 pots that they brought, with bait from Davey Jones Locker from across the road from where we were, they don't have a web page to link..so trust me on this...another great
mom and pop convince store, where you can buy bait for $2.75(notice the photo..the bait is huge) and you can also rent crab pots, great a hot meal, coffee,drinks and so forth. Toni and Tim have been coming here for years and know people personally inside the
store. So it makes me comfortable to say, the store has a lot of quick needs for your crabbing experience.
So after Tim loaded the pots with bait..he ropes them to the pier and throws them over. After about 20-30 minutes, pull them up and see if you got anything. We got a few crabs, but none were keepers.
We tried a few times. You're not allow to keep them if they are under a certain size or if they are female. If they are Red rock Crabs, the size doesn't matter but still can't keep the females. It was a great experience, one that I'd like to do again.
After that, it got dark and cold, we got things off the dock, and loaded back in both vehicles and headed back to our motel. We walked a block over to dinner, at a place called the
Asian Garden Restaurant. The service from the bar was horrible. The
bartending waitress didn't have but a few people in there besides us and barely waited on us at all to serve us like she was suppose to. Barely gave us menus when we asked, (if memory serves be correctly, she put them at the end of the 3 tables that we sat
down at, so you had to get up and lean over to get them...not hand them to us, just laid them down in passing) and just had an overall issue with doing her job. She served us something to drink when we asked, took our order, and gave us our tickets when we
were finished. We did complain though, because we had to ask her for service, for her to even come to our table. I mean honestly, there was 2 people leaving a table when we got there, 2 guys playing single tables of pool, and 2 people at the bar, when we showed
up, it wasn't like there was a dozen of us. Wasn't that hard to say, hello either. But it was. We didn't take photos because, Toni and I were charging our cell phones in the wall next to our tables because they literally died. But a kind lady from the restaurant
side was excellent. She totally made sure we got everything we needed and at the end of the meal and walked over to us and made sure things were okay. I walked her over a tip and left the bartending waitress a penny! The Flower soup was excellent, soo was
the tempura shrimp and the egg rolls were fresh, not box frozen...the food was great. I'm not sure if it was that we came in later for dinner, or the fact we didn't order a bunch of alcohol...Toni was the only one with a beer, or just plainly, she didn't want
to work. I'd eat there again, because the food was great and what service we did get was great from the opposited side of the place, might want to see who's working the barside before we sit down. Sad someone else had to do that lady's job. We didn't let the
poor service from the bartending waitress get our spirits down because over all...we were having a great time. After that, we headed back over to our rooms and sat and played 2 rounds of cards and off to our rooms for sleep.
We, agreed...we would stay at La Kris Inn again. The price was reasonable about $55 for the night and we had a microwave, frig, TV, plenty of seating, a large bed and a great shower. We couldn't hear
any traffic roll by, so sleeping was good, unless you have a bear sleeping in the same bed with you, like I do...that's the only noise I heard all night.
Day 3, we headed back down the coast towards home but stopping along the way at sites, more or less, the beaches. This photo above was a cranberry bog, the 1st one I've seen with cranberries in them
since our last trip up the coast. Not ready to harvest, but these cranberry farms are all along the coast from Bandon to Coos Bay...it was amazing to see these like the commericals on TV.
This was in Port Orford, OR...amazing and we stopped an got a little snack a round the corner from this view.
There my sweet sweet hubby Rob is, trying out his new binoculars....he had soo much fun!
Aww there he is ;-) soo happy, there was a surfer out on the ridge and was telling me I needed to see.
There was the surfer.
This was the pier we stopped at, that has this little whole in the wall restaurant. That serves fresh clam chowder.
This is Griff's
The don't have a web page but are on Facebook, so the link will go to their facebook page. In this little restaurant, they have a small museum, Tim and I walked over to get some chowder for our lovelies while they sat in the vehicles and we looked in the museum
while we waited. This photo below got me! It was amazing. To see such an interesting thing. I had tweeted and FB'ed it as a Box Starfish, only to be wrong. I actually called Griff's and asked again. And the gentleman told me it's called a Basket Starfish or
other wise known as Brittle Stars....here is a link to some photos of them alive...just beautiful!
Isn't that amazing!?
This photo reminded me of the grandpa...he was quite the fisherman...but of catfish. I had to snap this photo.
Ah...here's our clam chowder by the seaside. Rob and I shared this bowl because a huge lunch was coming later. It was totally delicious! Then on the road again, heading south.
This stop was just north of Brookings, OR, like a mile outside. And it was soo windy, it would cut your breathe off. But amazingly beautiful.
This is one of my favorite shots, I love how the wind made lines in the sand, and the view was drop dead gorgeous!
Someone wrote, "Life Time of Love" in the sand! and the water was washing it away. It is a beautiful message.
Soo, when we got to our final food destination in Crescent City, California...I saw SEA LIONS!!!!
I never knew there were Sea Lions there. Rob and I make little day trips to Pebble Beach in Crescent City a lot, to take photos or look for
And it's not far from where we live in Cave Junction, OR. Matter of fact, we aren't but 20 minutes to the border of California and an hour total to Crecent City from our house.
This was saying, strike a pose y'all!
Aww so much lovin'
But to my funny "acting like a school girl excitement" was hysterical seeing the Sea Lions on the pier to where we had lunch. I was soo excited about seeing them, that I didn't realize there was a sign that said, say 100 feet away
from them....oops on my part, I was shown the sign when I walked back to Rob, Tim and Toni...I had already taken the photos...there were soo many people around that the sign was over looked in the passing. Know my lesson now.
Soo this was also something I saw while we sat at the bar in the restaurant..it was packed, but the bar wasn't, and we had a great view of the ocean. Here at the
Chat Room Restaurant,
Hmmm, I thought these were snow men, they put up at Christmas and forgot to take them down, when we drove up, I didn't see they were crab pots until Rob started laughing at me...hahaha funny!
This is where we had the best of everything! Toni, Tim and Rob all ordered the Fish N' Chips plate...and Rob let me have a piece of his fish, I leaned over and told all of them, I needed a private
moment alone...I was in Heaven!
And this was my lunch....a bowl of a some awesome clam chowder and a 1/2 crab and Swiss sandwich, I only ate half of that sandwich but dang!!! It was off the hook great! I dipped the sandwich into
tarter sauce and found that it was just fabulous! Rob and I will eat here again and again..
I have to thank Toni and Tim Marsh soooo much for having us tag along with them, making new memories for us and just having the best time. It was nice to hold my
hubby's hand and walk with him when he could and lay my head on his shoulder as we looked over the ocean and really really just got to spend time with us as well as our dear dear friends. We always have fun just hanging out and cutting up. Makes a trip like
this worth while! TY for joining us in looking at our adventure.