And so, to further bring you up to date, a week ago on Sunday, as a surprise, my son and family gave us a get-away week-end in Portland. We rode the Talga train, in "business" class. It was a very pleasant ride south (about 3 hours)' with lots of stops along the way. He had arranged a suite at a hotel in the northwest part of the city, with easy walking, bus and tram rides, to get around. We founf a charming boulangerie for some tasty supper. In the morning we headed to the International Rose Test Garden, where literally thousands of roses are grown. Unfortunately the Japanese Gardens were closed, so we headed back into downtown. We got to see the Portland soccer stadium (very nice, large and right in the middle of the city). We walked around a lot, found some lunch and did the required trip to Powell's Books. We also founf a Peet's coffee (my favorite) for an iced latte and a taste treat. Some more walking and a tram back to the hotel. We had a lovely al-fresco dinner at an Italian restaurant - my birthday dinner - asparagus lemon fettuccini with pistachios. Oh my. (heerlijk). In the morning we got a cab back to the train station and headed north..