The Tonga Room

We walked up California Street, our goal being the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel. Near the top we passed three guys in a group that had been broken up by the steepness of the hill. The stout guy who was in last place stopped every 10 feet to take a drag on his cigarette.

I thought there was a Trader Vic’s at the Fairmont, but it turns out Vic hasn’t worked there since the 1930’s. The bar at the Fairmont Hotel is known as the Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar.

We sat at the bar while the TV was tuned to the playoffs. TV seems to ruin a lot of bars. I knew the Oak Bar at the Plaza (where there used to be a Trader Vic’s) jumped the shark when a TV appeared at the end of the bar.

I couldn’t bring myself to pay the $7 for the Happy Hour all you can eat “Pacific Rim” buffet (including, chow mein, cheese and crudites). The food looked very tired at 7:00 PM, especially since we were thinking about going to Yuet Lee, a couple of blocks away.

Then the thunder, lightning and rain started.

The Cottage

This is a view of The Cottage as we are pulling into the dock to unload the groceries. You can see the dock is soaked because of all those boats racing down to the Big Chute.

The Big Chute

The Dock

It’s a easier to go to the Big Chute and load (groceries and luggage on) the boat.

All those schlumps in the background are waiting for the Big Chute Marine Railway to take them down to the lower part of the waterway.

The cottage is between a lock and the Big Chute. Boats come out of the lock and barrel down to the Big Chute making noise and big waves in front of the cottage.


This reminded me of my sister.

We went to the IGA in Coldwater to get more groceries, because we were too tired on Monday to buy a lot of stuff. The railroad tracks cross the road four or five times between Coldwater and the Cottage . There are plenty of train photo ops when the train is long.