This meet up has been a few years in the works.
By now most of you that read this blog have seen on the Adventures of ScooterBob's blog that Troubadour and I met up with ToadMama and her husband Mike while they are on the west coast visiting family.
We attempted this adventure previously, but a freak Oregon snow storm kept us from heading north.
Luckily, the stars were aligned and our spring unseasonably warm this year. I took yesterday off work and we left the house about 9:30 am heading north to Centralia, Washington to meet at the McMennamins Olympic Club. It is a 3-hour drive up I-5 from our house providing traffic through Portland isn't too obnoxious, and a 2-hour drive from where ToadMama was staying. Not only was it fairly centrally located but the Pub menu online looked quite varied as well. View menu HERE.
Traffic slowed down to a stop near Wilsonville south of Portland. Luckily the map/gps app on Troubadour's phone let us know that due to the traffic slow-down on I-5, we'd be better off taking the I-205 around Portland. Good choice.
We arrived without incident and within minutes the four of us were seated in a booth perusing the menus and chatting like old friends.
|(Trobairitz-Troubadour-ToadMama with ScooterBob)|
(Thank you Mike for taking the picture)
We were stunned when ToadMama brought forth ScooterBob. While I knew Robert had sent it on to the next participant, I had no idea it was going to ToadMama, or that she'd bring it all the way from Virginia.
Alas, I forgot my camera. What kind of blogger heads to a meet-up and forgets their camera? Um, unfortunately, I do. My new cell phone is new enough to me that I am not comfortable with the camera yet so ToadMama graciously said I could pilfer her photos for this post and even emailed them to me. You rock!
|(Trobairitz-Troubadour - ScooterBob hanging out with veggie burgers and fish tacos - and beer)|
(Photo by ToadMama)
We had a terrific time getting to know ToadMama and Mike and hope to visit with them again soon. While I don't always post as often as I'd like to or should, I am continually grateful to this blog and the blogs of others. Without them I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, and good people just make the world a better place.
|(ToadMama and Mike)|
Thank you Kathy and Mike for making the trip to Centralia to meet-up and have lunch and also for the cool Virginia is for Lovers swag. Look for those to show up in a riding post later this summer.
- Au Revoir
"When you meet someone for the first time, that's not the whole book. That's just the first page." - Brody Armstrong (Australian musician)