And off we go! Here I am at Mile Zero in Seattle, packed and ready. Naturally I got a late start today (Tuesday August 11). I will be late to my funeral.
I drove south to Portland along I-5, known as "The Slog" in the Pacific Northwest. I have several Lake Wobegon CDs, so Garrison Keilor helped me pass the time.
Love my GPS. Mine is a TomTom. Really handy.
Had dinner and brews with my niece Kate and her fiance Andrew at Deschutes Brewery in downtown Portland. I had Ocho Negro IPA -- excellent. Also trooped by the world famous Powell Books.
The three of us decided we need to open a pub in Portland like the Bulldog, their haunt in New Orleans (they both went to Tulane), with 50 taps and dogs allowed on the patio. Our chosen name: The Happy Puppy (think of the logo possibilites!). I suggested fire hydrants in the restrooms. Your ideas are solicitated. So now the remainder of my journey will focus on locating local breweries and doing research. All a write off, of course.
Tomorrow (Wednesday August 12): Boise.