There is a little restaurant in Rome called Hostaria Romana where our tour group ate our first dinner together. It’s off Via del Boccaccio near the corner of Via Rasella on the way to the Trevi Fountain from our hotel. The only reason I know that is because I still have the card from the restaurant which has a little map on the back, which is common for restaurants and hotels to have in those labyrinthine European cities. The food was excellent. Joel stuffed himself with antipasti and said, “Can we go now?” before realizing that that wasn’t even the main course. By the way did you know that the life expectancy in Italy is greater than anywhere else in Europe? They say it's because of all that olive oil! We all ate in one festive room together which had graffiti all over the walls, and of course I had to leave my mark.
Kayaking Yesterday: Dick and I put in at West Seattle and paddled across Elliott Bay to the Seattle waterfront. All the boat traffic makes this route interesting: Washington State Ferries, tugboats with barges, and gigantic cruise ships. Apparently the cruise ships like to leave in the late afternoon on Sunday because we saw three of them leave one after another. Dick brought along two specimens from his large collection of Greenland paddles to try out: the famous Beale #70, and the take-apart Feathercraft GP. Beale #70 is probably 90 in long and 3.25 in wide. It looks like Alaskan yellow cedar. Despite the length I found it easy to paddle with and it seemed fast. The Feathercraft GP must be reinforced with steel – it weighs a ton! I can’t believe Dubside rolls with that thing. It feels like it would sink!