The 8 western states have been embroiled in a heat wave, and normally temperate Portland has been no exception, with temperatures reaching into the 90s and even 100s. My trip was supposed to be an escape from the debilitating heat of Sacramento, but so far, there hasn’t been much relief.
My host, Pat, has been very gracious as always. Of course, since we are exes, we have a few little snarls now and then, but we always are able to talk them out and get back on track.
Friday we went with another friend, Gary, to Rooster Rock State Park, a designated clothing optional beach. It is always so freeing and relaxing to be able to be unclothed outside with other people. I sometimes wonder why we wear clothes at all. The hike to the clothing optional part of the beach is a good 15 minute jaunt, and once there, we swam across the the river to this island. The sun felt so good, and really lifted my spirits.
We dropped Gary back off at home and headed to one of Pat’s nostalgic favorite pizza parlors, Flying Pie.
Saturday, I had breakfast with a new friend, Brian, and went to take a look at a room he has for rent in North Portland – it’s a bit small, but it might work for a temporary solution. We shall see.
Later that day, we went over to my longtime online friends, Ernie and Greg. I had known them online since the late 90s back in the Livejournal days, and it was so wonderful to finally really hang out in person. They had several other friends stop by for a barbecue, and I visited for about two hours, but then I left to meet Pat for dinner.
Sunday was a work day for me, with a couple of bodywork sessions, then made a chicken and rice dish for dinner. We cooled off in the bedroom with the AC and Wimbledon, watching Andy Murray defeat Andreas Seppi in four sets.
Today, Pat got comped, so he is on call until 3pm, but as I write this, he’s already passed the first deadline, and so it’s unlikely that he’ll be called in. Yay! So, we are making the most of the day off. More later.