A Rainy Day In Newport

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 132011

We woke up to rain yesterday morning, and it never let up all day long. It wasn’t a hard rain, just one of those gray, drizzly Pacific Northwest coastal days that I remember so well from the years I lived in this region. The temperature never hit 60 all day long, and we used our electric space heater to take the chill off. About 11 p.m. the wind picked up, rattling our slide awnings. All in all, it was a good day to be inside working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal.  

And that’s just what I did all day long. I got a lot finished, and only have about three pages to go, so hopefully I’ll be uploading it to our printer’s server sometime tonight or Tuesday morning. Then we can get back to playing tourist.

While I worked on the paper, Miss Terry was busy putting her recipe column together, and experimenting with some formatting styles to make it easer to lay out. She also put together a delicious dinner of garlic anchovy aioli, which was so good I wanted to lick my plate when I finished eating. We make a good combination – Terry loves to cook, and I love to eat. Especially all of the great meals she comes up with.

Actually, I didn’t work on the paper all day long. After dinner, I succumbed to a full tummy and the rainy day, and stretched out on the sofa for a nap. When I was a kid, I hated naptime, but now I love naps!  I could take a nap every day, except that I always feel guilty afterward for being lazy. Don’t get me wrong, I still nap whenever I can, I just feel guilty about it!

While I like Newport better than I do Florence, we liked staying at the Florence Elks lodge a lot more than we do at the lodge here in Newport. Florence had 50 amp electric, while Newport only has 30 amps, which is no big deal for us. But the parking lot in Florence was huge, and the RV site we were in was in the back corner, where it was fairly quiet. The parking lot here is much smaller, and a lot of cars cut through the parking lot to get from one street to another, making for a lot more noise.

Once we get the paper finished, we want to touch base with our friends Butch and Jodie Spiller. Butch and Jodie have an RV lot at Outdoor Resorts Pacific Shores here in Newport, with a nice view of the ocean and lighthouse. At our Gypsy Journal rally in Yuma, back in March, Butch told me that if they were not using the lot when we were in the area, we were welcome to park there for a few days. He also said that if they were using the lot, to give him a call, and he and Jodie would take us to dinner.

Well, as it turns out, they are here in Newport, so it looks like I have a free dinner in my near future. I warned Butch that I’m a big eater, and that it might be cheaper for him to just buy me my own RV lot! Butch has promised to raid the trust fund to spring for a meal, so I’m researching the most expensive restaurants on the coast. It will be good to get together with Butch and Jodie. They come to many of our rallies, and Jodie presents a lot of craft seminars for us, but we never seem to have the time to visit away from all of the hustle and bustle of a rally.

Thought For The Day – The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. – Tom Clancy

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  2 Responses to “A Rainy Day In Newport”

  1. Sharky’s down by the wharf. It is a small restaurant, but the dishes he serves up are incredible. I do not like eating fish, but I have to tell you his method of preparation is like nothing you have ever seen. Our friends who were staying at Outdoor Resorts, we were in a 5er across the street, are real gourmands, and the raved about how everything tasted. Me, I loved watching the prep. The name is either “Shark’s” or “Sharky’s” but it is well worth looking up.

  2. While in Newport I’d highly recommend Georgies restaurant. I had the best oyster scampi!!

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