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Making a delicious connection at The Gorge

Pecan-crusted halibut made by our new friend, Josh, was one of the highlights of our camping experience at The Gorge. (Leslie Kelly)
Pecan-crusted halibut made by our new friend, Josh, was one of the highlights of our camping experience at The Gorge. (Leslie Kelly)

We're often asked about the type of traveler we meet on the road, and the answer is probably not very satisfying. It's not exactly been easy to get to know fellow road trippers because encounters are often fleeting. 

Last weekend when camping at The Gorge, we made the kind of connection we'd been craving, though. And, naturally, it was around food. 

While sitting down to dinner the first night, we met a group of people camped nearby and the conversation somehow turned to fishing and the next thing we knew, our new friend, Josh, and his wife, April, Josh's sister, Heather, and Heather's wife, Chase, invited us to join them for a halibut meal before the show the next day. We didn't skip a beat before saying, heck, yes, please! That was before we learned Josh caught the fish.

When he described how he was going to cook it, we were really hooked!

So, it turns out Josh and Heather grew up in the restaurant business. Their family still run a place in Montesano, on the way to the Olympic Peninsula. It's called Savory Faire, and you better believe we'll be going there to check it out very soon because Josh's halibut -- breaded in chopped pecans and panko bread crumbs, before being fried in clarified butter and olive oil -- was spectacular. 

We drank wine and told stories and laughed before getting up from the picnic table to get ready to go to the concert. It was really lovely.

Got us thinking, maybe we need to be more outgoing in the future. Invite some neighbors over for a glass of Chardonnay and a nosh.  

 



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Enjoy the ongoing adventures of Leslie Kelly and John Nelson as they experience all the cool things the West has to offer, from wineries to restaurants. In the process they’ll try out different vehicles and give you fun tips to plan your own cool travel journeys.