April 26-May 1st: So it’s finally here, move in day and Chrissy’s B-day! Guess what Ron got me for my b-day, a new house!!! JK! ; ) So we found a house to rent in Salmon Creek/Vancouver, Washington. No, we did not move to British Columbia, but as the election looms closer, Canada does look pretty good! Salmon Creek is an “unincorporated” part of Vancouver. We are still learning exactly what that means and what services we get out here. We are 15 minutes north of downtown Portland and about 10 minutes north of downtown Vancouver, also known as, “The ‘Couv”. We still like Portland, but in this market, had to go a little further out to find what we needed and not sure we’re ready yet for “city-life”. The slogan for Portland is “Keep Portland Weird”, the slogan here is, “Keep Vancouver Normal”. The downtown offers restaurants, a large farmers market, breweries, an independent movie theater, record stores, etc. It’s like a smaller, cleaner Portland. : )
For my birthday we go to a little German place in Portland that we found on our last visit out here called Prost! I thoroughly enjoy my beer cheese soup, sample sausage plate and wash them down with a delicious Franziskaner Weissbeir. Prost indeed!
As they say, “only in Portland”…here’s a bike shop/bar/restaurant. Get your bike repaired while you sip a beer and chow down on a burger! It was across from a mini mall with a deli/bar, smoke shop, hairdresser, and downstairs, an antique mall! Kinda reminded me of the old Bergen Mall, it just needed a doll shop, chapel, and a baseball card store.
Our first meal in the new house, pizza! We are so crafty using the box as plates since we don’t have any of our boxes from NJ yet!