|a selfie at Bridal Veil Falls|
|Doug counting rings on Mt Tabor|
|Phnom Penh soup at Ha VL|
Since we were in the neighborhood, I also insisted that we stop by the new Ross Island Brewing to visit my friends, the owners Carston & Maude Haney, and beer slinger extraordinaire Abbey Bowman. After a round of some fantastic collaboration brews, the gang was hungry so we doubled back toward our house and grabbed a table at East Glisan Pizza Lounge. We shared a bacon and a capicola pizza, washed down with more locally brewed beer, of course, and then headed home for a nightcap.
Our alarms went off fairly early Saturday morning as we had planned a day trip along the Columbia River Gorge and up to Mt Hood and I wanted to do the bulk of the driving (and sightseeing) in daylight. It was pouring rain as we left Portland but tapered off a bit when we stopped for breakfast at Shirley's Tippy Canoe just outside Troutdale at the west end of the historic highway. While it wasn't that busy when we arrived at 9:30 a.m., there was a group of a dozen people that was seated just ahead of us. We were given no warning that our food would take additional time to arrive, and we ended up waiting more than 30 minutes for our orders. By the time we ate as much as we could of the massive portions, it was already 11:00. Not the best way to start our day in terms of wasting valuable time!
|chicken-fried steak at Shirley's|
|Doug & Alexis at Horsetail Falls|
|cherry trees in the snow on Hwy 35|
Mt Hood Brewing Co. in Government Camp where we ate burgers and drank happy hour ($3.00 pints!) beer.
Montavilla Brew Works, a participant in Zwicklemania earlier in the day, so I indulged them even though I was ready to be home.
After a good night's sleep, I cooked breakfast for everyone Sunday morning then had to leave the house before noon to return the borrowed Expedition and meet up with my friend Cindy to take her to the airport. She had generously offered to loan me her car while she was out of town for the week, and it made sense to take her up on her offer to continue to be able to chauffeur our guests around for another day. I dropped Greg, Doug and Alexis at the Gateway Transit Center and they took the MAX all the way to Sellwood. I met up with them a couple of hours later at Laurelwood brewpub then we walked around (in the rain) and browsed at an antique shop before settling in at Lompoc's Oaks Bottom Public House for more beer and some happy hour totchos.
|Alexis's parents gave them fifty $2 bills - Doug enjoys paying bar tabs with them|