“Here’s your Loonie, and here’s your Toonie,” Keith said, by way of greeting at the Vancouver train station, plopping coins into our hands. (A loonie is worth one dollar Canadian—it has a carving of a common loon on it—and a toonie is worth two.) He was providing us with a small budget for our weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Yes, the travel bug has hit again!)
Sometime after my second heart attack I decided to sell my beloved red bike and buy Buzz, the bike I ride today. Unlike my red bike, Buzz is electric. He monitors the effort that I put into pedaling and, when he decides I’m working too hard, offers to help out. Riding Buzz is like being twelve years old again.
Before we begin, some items to consider:
- According to the Oregon Craft Beer website, Portland’s 56 breweries (76 in the metro area) constitute the greatest number of breweries of any city in the world.
- In 2012, Bicycling Magazine proclaimed Portland “America’s Best Bike City.”
- Although Portland does sport the smallest city park in the world, the city’s Vera Katz Park, at 750 square feet (my estimate, which includes a sidewalk down the middle), is darn close.
Okay. Now we can talk about the cocktail hour that Louise and I share almost every evening.