After roughing it down the coast from Alaska, it is time for a little urban pampering. Thus we make a diversion to Portland Oregon for a week, and rent an efficiency in the Kern neighborhood. The efficiency is lovely, and placed in a wonderful area to walk, and near busses to take us daily into new areas. It is wonderful to have a bed that is not eight inches off the floor, have ample hot water for showers, clean, and where we keep our food in a refrigerator that makes ice, rather than a box that we put ice in to keep our food cold.
And we had a TV with which to see the end of the Olympics (although there is not much more on worth seeing) and Wi-Fi. Ah, I think it is called civilization.
Portland is quite the town - we found an outdoor dance festival, an outdoor Shakepearean production, an outdoor food and wine festival - all quite good. We visited the Rose garden all a blooming, the Chinese garden, and the Japanese garden. We enjoyed two movies at brew pub theatres, we tried multitudes of local brew .... and of course Ron couldn't leave without a VooDoo donut. He had the Old Dirty Bastard one. Seemed quite happy as he ate it thoroughly from end to end, not a crumb wasted.
It is quite a green city, very bicycle oriented, mass transportation is good - and more tattoos per square body part than I've seen anywhere that I can remember.