After trying to sleep in a little I went with Melissa, Ben, and Molly. Had a nice, long big greasy breakfast. Spent the afternoon trying to shop in downtown Portland. I got hopelessly lost trying to find parking, but a lucky phone call from my friend Elizabeth got me found again. I spent several hours in the huge Powell's Bookstore. I ended up buying one present, on novel for me (Edward Abbey's Hayduke Lives), and three guide books (an old Footprint India Handbook, the Lonely Planet Maldives, and the Footprint Nepal Handbook). I spent the rest of the afternoon drinking coffee and reading then went to meet Elizabeth and Ethan. They showed me their new house then Ethan stayed to paint and Elizabeth and I went out for pizza. I'd been planning on staying the night in Portland, but the weather reports had me very nervous so I decided to try to get a couple hours further south. The snow level is supposed to drop to 1,000 feet tonight and I have to cross a 5,000+ foot pass tomorrow. If there is snow on the road tomorrow the crossing in to California is going to be very slow so the extra couple hours might really help.