Friday we traveled north to the town of Garibaldi. They were celebrating their founding with Garibaldi Days.
We did some geocaches along the way, of course. One was located at the local oyster shucking plant in Bay City (also home of Tillamook Country Smoker). We didn't find the cache, but it was interesting watching the shuckers at work.
From there we went on to Garibaldi. It is located on Tillamook Bay. There were booths set up with local crafts which were interesting. The most interesting to watch was the chainsaw carver. He was working on a fishing bear.
The steam train is a big attraction in Garibaldi. We looked over the stationary one as the real one was readying to travel to Rockaway Beach.
We didn't ride the train as the passenger car was open and it was a cool, overcast day.
As we walked around Garibaldi we found the local Coast Guard Station. It is built on concrete pilings in the bay.We found 2 local restaurants that looked good for lunch--Trollers and Fisherman's Korner. We chose Fisherman's Korner. Bob had fish and chips while I had the clam strips. Both meals were the best we have had so far.
We drove to the north end of town for our last cache. We found it near the sign explaining how Robert Gray discovered Tillamook Bay, mistaking it for the Columbia River. As we stood at the overlook, a fishing boat entered the bay on its way home.We returned to our campground stopping at the Tillamook Country Smoker and Fred Meyer to pick up some things. We enjoyed our stop at the Smoker as they had pictures and letters all around the store from soldiers in Iraq enjoying the jerky and beef sticks the Smoker donated.
Saturday we rode back to Garibaldi to watch the parade and to look in the Maritime Museum. Garibaldi is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi--the Italian hero, but he never set foot in the town. The first postmaster was a fan of Garibaldi and it was up to him to name the town!
The parade started at 11 a.m. and with colors presented by the Coast Guard.There were clowns from Astoria...
more old cars....
and an old fire engine.
One of the most interesting cars was a 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner--the car whose hard top retracted into the trunk at the touch of a button.
Many of the cars will also be at the Tillamook County Fair for Pig 'n' Fords. Check it out at the fair's site under events--I can't begin to explain it! http://www.tillamookfair.com/
We enjoyed our trip to Garibaldi and the Maritime Museum. It chronicled the history of Tillamook Bay and had many scale replicas of ships used in the area.
From Garibaldi we returned to Tillamook and stopped at the Cheese Factory to make some purchases. Then it was on to the rv. Time to pack up and be ready to travel on Sunday.