We bid farewell to Mike today, as he returns home to the east coast. Mike, we are so happy that our arrival in Portland coincided with your trip!
This morning Scott went to meet our friend, Ron, who has flown in from Austin Texas to join us for a tour of the Columbia River Gorge.
I head to my cousin Denise’s house, just south of the city. Scott and Ron will meet us a little later today. I realize it’s the first time that Scott and I have biked separately since leaving Houston. He has the GPS, I have a paper map of Portland. Denise doesn’t even live in Portland, so basically I know I need to follow the Willamette River and then hang a right at some point. I have scribbled the remaining directions on a piece of paper. I’m traveling the old fashioned way, like it was back before GPS, googlemaps and siri navigation. Even with the GPS we oftentimes don’t know where we’re going, so we have developed a high tolerance for being lost. I reach my destination without incident, though Denise forgot to mention she lives at the top of this…oh my, that is steep.
It is a treat to see friends and family along our travels, familiar faces among the sea of strangers. The last time I saw Denise and her husband, Jeremy, was before they had kids. The twins are now four and the baby, at two, is not a baby anymore. It’s been a long time. It was great to catch up with them and meet their adorable kids. They are busy!
Denise and Jeremy took us out for amazing sushi at Bamboo Sushi. The only disappointment was I forgot to take pictures of the excellent presentation of dishes like the Tuna Poke, Ring of Fire, Green Machine and California Sunset. The sashimi plate came out with a fried shrimp head. Ron, being raised for a time in Alabama, the heart of Dixie and land of shrimpin’, was not fazed by the arrival of the edible fried crustacean. Denise and I tried one of it’s deep fried legs. Crunchy goodness, proving you can deep fry ANYTHING and it will be delicious.
For desert we headed over to a nearby ice-cream shop that was highly recommended, Salt & Straw. They set themselves apart with interesting flavors of odd combinations like goat cheese marionberry habanero, strawberry with cilantro lime cheesecake, and pear with blue cheese. None of us were brave enough to try the goat cheese or blue cheese varieties, but the flavors we did try were worthy of their reputation.
Thanks again Denise & Jeremy for another great exploration of Portland’s culinary delights!