day two- getting to Oregon
I was up at 630 am. rearing to go. i dont sleep much when I travel. never have. Everyone got ready for our buffet continental breakfast included with the hotel. We were so surprised to find it was a really nice not so continental full breakfast buffet with waffles and sausages and eggs and bagels, cereal yogourts and fruits galore! We grabbed a bite to eat and more for the road ahead and packed everyone into the big beast of a vehicle..our home for the next 10 days!
We hit the road with the goal of getting to Portlando Oregon. Everyone was in high spirits. We came across Sehalis - a small town with factory outlet mall...shopping!!! we stopped in and found a few gems. Mike and I bought helly hanson jackets for 70 bucks a steal of a dea,l and davie got a hat with a built in light. Brandy got a pair of cute plaid shorts and donna -some kitchen gadgets and travel accessories of course! We had a quick car lunch and a pit stop, as everyone needed a recharge and a rest. the sun was out and the day had just begun...only 1 pm! we jumped in the car and drove to Portland.
When we headed into Portland we hit heavy traffic and were amazed by the size of the city. There were skyways of overpasses and freeways and tons of bridges. We parked right in front of the schnitzer? concert hall, where Elvis Costello was playing. We walked down to Pioneer Courthouse Square to check out the Bloomfest and get the low down on what to see. there was a fella by the name of Eddie, a restiree volunteer in the info center. He pointed us to the Alphabet district and was a real character to talk to. We did some window shopping,, sampled delectable pure drinking chocolate a la francaise, then drove to the Alphabet district. We found the Stepping Stone cafe-a super american diner. we had a great server.
So this diner's clame to fame wasn't Triple D, but the pancake stacks featured in Man Versus Food.Truly it was the first real Diner though; we sighed in relief to find the brightly-painted neighborhood cafe sitting on the leafy corner with locals sipping whiskey (and hitting on Heather), (but don't worry Jas, he was old) , the date night couple happy to find the local excellent micro-brew on offer, and various toys suspended from the ceiling that rose and dipped with the opening of the door.
Our waiter was a blast - talked hockey and kept us laughing with tales of revelry on visits to Vancouver; filled us in on Guy Fieri (an asshole) and Mark Atkinson (a nice guy) and really made our meal special. Sadly, can't recommend the food based uponho-hum mac and cheese, but we'd go back just for the great vibes and funky feel. Brandy got our waiter's autograph, we left a big tip and off to the night's hotwire special- an airport holiday inn with floor to ceiling windows, panorama of a massive traintrack, and a real live\nfl player David met in the hot tub!- a retired quarterack named Rick who played for Louisiana Saints.
I can't vouch for the pool but a good time ensued apparently. Mike is training, so he did his 300 pushups, then he and \heather headed to Safeway for the evening's junk food run. There may be beer.