Sunday, May 2, 2010

East Portland visit

We are at the familiar Gateway Elks lodge on the east side of Portland (map). We came here from Troutdale yesterday explicitly to visit our friends Terry and SaTina. They picked us up here last night and we headed just a few blocks from here to McMennamin's pub for dinner and conversation.

These guys are very serious dragon boat paddlers, and their club is having time trials all weekend. Being coaches and officers in the club, our friends have been tied up most of the weekend, and between a very early start yesterday and a very early start today, we had to make it an early night last night. Still, we had a nice dinner and it was great catching up.

The lodge here has power (30 amps if you're early, and 20 amps if you come after the place is half full) so we got to put a good soak on the batteries, too. Not bad for $12, except for the fact that both heaters and air conditioners are forbidden here due to the limited power. The weather is mild right now, though, so no problem for us last night.

In a few minutes we will head out and cross the Columbia into Vancouver. We'll spend tonight at Peninsula Glass/Motion Windows, who made our operable windows, so we can get some new screens made tomorrow, as well as have them look at a leak.

Photo by drburtoni, used under a Creative Commons license.

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