Labor Day Adventures

My college friend Todd flew into town on Thursday afternoon, and we’ve been on the go for the last few days!  After an afternoon walk in the hills, we had dinner, then decided on a bottle of Caol Ila (no, I don’t know how it’s pronounced), like so:

We sampled a bit of this smoky scotch, then headed out for the First Thursday events down in the Pearl district.  On Friday we drove up toward Mt Hood, and did a nice long hike, with the main attraction being Ramona Falls, which looks something like this:

I found out about it from the band project of the same name, and it is indeed a pretty spot (photo by Christopher Monsere).

That night we just made it to the set by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears at Mississippi Studios.  These guys out of Austin TX play a pumping brand of soul and blues numbers that was real good fun.

Then on Saturday we headed south, passing through Eugene, where I picked up this book on Andy Warhol by poet John Yau.

We were on our way to a town called Florence out on the coast.  Todd’s mom lives there now, and we were able to navigate to her house just on the basis of the address (small town!).  That night we walked over to ‘Old Town’ which is a nice street of restaurants and shops on the banks of the Siuslaw River.

On Sunday morning we went to a church service at the Church on the Rock, where Todd’s mom likes to attend.  The service included several songs with a band at the beginning, then a sermon based on Matthew 26.  I have to admit I have not been to a church service in decades, and found this one interesting at least in terms of lessons about human nature if not all the biblical specifics.

In the afternoon we drove a few miles north, first stopping at the Sea Lion Cave, which unfortunately has been abandoned by the seals as of a few weeks ago!  So we went a bit further up to Heceta Head Lighthouse, a very pretty spot on the wild coast.  My camera started acting up, and I think perhaps the sensor has gone bad, but finally was able to get this lo-fi picture, Todd and I by the lighthouse.

After that I dropped Todd and his Mom off at her house, then headed home.  All went well for awhile, then a electric warning light came on somewhere along the way.  I hoped to make it home, but near Salem my speedometer suddenly dropped down to zero, followed soon after by the tachometer…  and soon I had to pull off to the side of I-5 as the car was dead.  As usual AAA responded well, and we determined that the best thing would be to tow it to Portland, and get it fixed later (probably the alternator has gone out).  So I made it home a bit later than expected, but no real damage other than $107.50 in towing fees.

Today I went to a mid-day yoga class, much needed on this Labor Day.

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  • oakhill193  On September 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend, minus the car trouble. Remember the original Honda I had? I remember you and I were driving back to Boston in it one time and right around Hartford we hit something in the road. Your immediate reaction was to check the dials on the dash. Everything seemed to be working fine, so we just kept on speeding along.

  • MRVEGAS  On September 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Seems like an exciting and adventurous way to end the summer… Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears… very cool !

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