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powells books portlandWe just returned from Portland, Oregon. Fortunately, I only lost Internet signal for a few hours on some of our drives so this was a seamless working vacation. I’m doing a few quick loads of laundry and starting to pack again–I’m heading off on my annual sojourn to the American Society of Journalists and Authors Conference in New York. Until my re-cap of the conference later this week, here are a few highlights from our trip, starting with a writer’s obligatory visit to Powell’s Books:

powells books

I went home with a new literary journal and my love had several machinist books shipped home–because they weighed more than me!

elowah falls hiking

We did three hikes on our trip and this was my favorite…

elowah falls

…to Elowah Falls. It’s what I imagine waterfalls look like in Hawaii.

Mount St Helen Hiking

Hiking was required to get a closer look at Mount St. Helens – the observatory opened two days AFTER our visit.

mcmenamins kennedy school

The Cigar Bar aka Detention at McMenamin’s

One of the restaurants we went to was McMenamin’s Kennedy School, a former elementary school converted into a restaurant, hotel, four bars, and a theater!

tillamook air museum

We came upon the Tillamook Air Museum by happenstance.

tillamook museum

The old wooden hangar reminded me of a barn. I love barns. 🙂

When you’re married to an aerospace engineer, you have to stop at every aviation museum in the area. We also visited the Evergreen Air and Space Museum in McMinnville – and went inside Howard Hughes’ infamous Spruce Goose!

Evergreen Aviation Museum

Evergreen Air and Space Museum

devils punch bowl

On our drive along the Oregon coast we stopped at the Devil’s Punch Bowl. During low tide you can walk inside…but we didn’t plan our trips by the tides.

Voodoo Doughnut

Stay tuned for food highlights later this week…