Good news and bad news (well more annoying than bad) for me personally this week. My county, Washington County, enters Phase 1 of “reopening” starting Monday June 1st. There is some trepidation on my part. Are people going to go crazy? Will people be considerate and follow the rules? Given my feelings on humanity in general lately I feel the first one is more likely.
The bad news is that for my job we’ve delayed opening to the public until June 22, adding two weeks to the original plan. Basically we’re just not ready yet and there are a lot of moving pieces to pin down. I don’t envy our executive leadership right now.
I took a chance today to head out for a good bike ride up into the hills surrounding Portland. Skyline was packed with cyclists today. I think half the riders in PDX must have been up there today. One of the reasons for my route choice was to eventually drop down to the Helvetia area to check out the supposedly haunted Dick Road train trestle. There is even a Facebook page dedicated to it.
Other than it being really imposing as you stand under it I didn’t see or feel anything weird. I do dig a good urban legend though. The trestle itself is kind of a cool bit of engineering if you ask me.
Heading out this way also brings me by the famous Helvetia Tavern and the Roloff Farm. Yes, those Roloffs. I cannot tell you how many times I have ridden by here on my bike and seen tourists taking selfies in front of the sign.
Lastly, this week’s quarantine kitchen brings you another recipes based food that needs to be used. We had some bananas that had to be used, two of the three were super ripe and not going to last too much longer. I found this recipe from my go to site Allrecipes.com.
Verdict: It’s good. Not as dense as banana bread, bit more fluffy and definitely moist. I followed the directions 100% plus added vanilla, cinnamon and some nutmeg. Not sure why a lot of these “Grandma” recipes that I have been finding don’t have any additional spices. I’m not afraid to doctor it up though.
Thanks for reading,