|Drove from Seattle, Washington to Newberg, Oregon to stay with Donna and Gerry, friends of a friend ... yes, that's right, they'd agreed to have us to stay without knowing us at all - just on the basis that Sam had given us a good 'reference' - thanks Sam, we owe you! Great house, on top of a hill with amazing views ... and the warmest welcome.
In the evening we were invited to a Crab Feast at the Grand Order of Elks with Donna and Gerry and their neighbours ... was good fun, real local community stuff. The Elks are a bit like the Freemasons (I assume) ... the top guy was titled the "The Exalted Ruler"; woman are now admitted (there's an 'Elkette of the Year' position!).
Back at the house the party continued ... great bread pudding and whisky sauce Donna!