Apr 20, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
Jess's Great Aunt Lou had lived just North of the city for several years and so we headed to see her old house and take the kids for a ride on the historic merry-go-round just a 10 minute walk from her house which they had ridden on previous visits when they were younger
. Sadly, the mall was being completely refurbished and the merry-go-round had been moved to an unknown location. Due to our early start, it was still too early to check into the hotel so we headed out to check out a couple of stores. We then cruised back to our hotel for quick showers and tidy-up in anticipation of our first home-cooked meal since May 8th. We had been invited to dinner at friends of Jan (Jess's Mum) and were really looking forward to the meal. We arrived and were treated to an exquisite dinner. We had smoked organic chicken, the most amazing fillet of smoked sockeye salmon (both were done outside on the smoker while we chatted), salad, fresh baked bread, new season snow peas and matching Oregon wine which was plucked from the downstairs wine cellar in celebration of our visit. We finished with strawberry shortcake with paired dessert wine of course!!! It was so nice to be treated to this stunning meal after being on the road and cooking over the two burner stove for the last 45 days. The kids got to watch TV while we chatted and socialised. Then, too soon, it was time to head back to the hotel for a nice night's sleep in a BED. Off to explore Portland for a second day tomorrow.
Tim was woken at 6am by Jess saying "Is that rain?" Sure enough there were a few spits and spots of rain dropping on the fly of our beautiful, comfortable and dry home (the tent). As rain was forecast and we had dodged the predicted thunderstorm the night before and because the tent was going to be packed away for a couple of days, we rocketed out of our sleeping bags, shook the kids awake and swung into full gear. Within 28 minutes, the tent was packed, car loaded, kids snuggling into their seats still only half awake, and we were out the gate of the State Park and on our way to Portland, Oregon. We promised the kids breakfast at a diner, and just after 8am we pulled into an Oregon chain diner called Elmer's. Here was coffee, pancakes and waffles for the kids, omelet for Jess and a large tray of eggs, hash browns, biscuits, gravy and meat for Tim. Now properly sated, we were prepared for the final 3 hour push to Portland.