The guests of honor eat a delicious vegan meal not purchased at the Mexican place right behind them
I utterly fail to go vegan, instead having a pork belly sandwich from Lardo, dressed with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, aoili and arugula
After that we piled into two cars and drove out to the Columbia Gorge in hopes of viewing the aurora from Crown Point if (a) the clouds cleared and (b) the current solar outburst actually drove the aurora this far south.
The Gorge near dusk from Chanticleer Point
(a) didn't really happen, and according to the forecast, neither did (b) — solar intensity was 5 on a scale of 10, and 6 or more would be required to push the aurora to our latitude. But we did have a great time touring about.
My chemo-addled self did not make the walk up to the viewing bridge, and in fact I spent most of this small road trip in the vehicle of
Even though we had no aurora, a very satisfying evening, even if I didn't get a lick of responsible work done. Heading to the Gorge always reminds me of one of the biggest reasons I moved to Oregon. It's freaking pretty here. I love sharing this experience with friends.
Photos © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
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