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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Miss Me?

Me and my husband at Cannon Beach, Oregon
So, you may—or may not—have noticed that I took a bit of a blogging hiatus.  It really was not an intentional break, but one that came about because my computer crapped out on me.  Thanks to Costco's superior customer service, I now have a brand spankin' new computer.  However, I'm still very, very behind on reviews, emails, blog upkeep, etc.  So, while I try to get all that in order, I'll bore entertain you with some vacation photos.

If you've read the oh, very fascinating About Me page that sits at the top of this blog, you know I hail from the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  You also know that my husband lured me away from its lush greenery, just to plunk me down in the middle of a flat, brown, scorching hot desert.  Not an easy thing for this Northwesterner.  Although I don't get back to the Motherland very often, I miss it a lot.  So, as part of our July 4th family vacation in Utah, we decided to take a little detour—to Oregon and Washington State.  It was a long drive, but worth it to see my family as well as some absolutely stunning scenery:
Multnomah Falls, Oregon
The view from my parents' deck—the gazebo is in Washington, the mountain (Mt. Hood) is across the Columbia River in Oregon.

The Bridge of the Gods—Cascade Locks, Oregon

We did tons of things during our stay in Oregon/Washington, but one of my favorite stops was, of course, a bookish one.  In the quaint little town of White Salmon (the place that bred none other than Yours Truly), we stopped in at a used bookshop owned by my parents' longtime neighbor, Joyce.  The Book Peddler is small, but cozy and—most importantly—stuffed full of books.  We all had fun browsing through its many offerings.  I was, in fact, so intent on shelf-gazing that I didn't notice my husband taking pictures.  Photos of me are never pretty, but I'm posting these anyway because I think they give you an idea of how much we enjoyed this fun, friendly shop.  If you ever happen to be in the area, it's definitely worth a look-see.  

My 10-year-old bookworm was thrilled to be able to turn the sign from  "Closed" to "Open."
Me, looking at books while my children do who-knows-what.
We liked all the fun quotes that hung throughout the store:

Well, I hope I've sufficiently distracted you from the fact that I haven't posted a new review in a while.  I'll get caught up soon, I promise.  In the meantime, enjoy the photos.  And, answer me this:  Where has this summer taken you?  Anywhere fun, exciting or breathtakingly beautiful?


  1. Ah, Susan, pictures of Oregon are always wonderful in my book. What a great shot of Mt. Hood (renamed "my mountain" when we lived in Portland). Glad you guys had a nice trip. I'd like to live my life taking a week in Oregon in the summer and a week in Arizona in the winter. The best of both worlds. LOL

    Love the shots of the bookstore. I'll have to keep it in mind.

  2. What??? A flat, brown, scorching desert?!?! Too true.

    What a terrific getaway you had. I am jealous!! It must have been so hard to come home. I hope you got some good reading done (In a car with kids - - jk!)

    You were missed, but blogging should be more fun with a new computer. ;)

  3. That's the view your parents have? I am soooo jealous! Wowee. Do you think they're up for random visitors? Ha.

    I'm glad you had a good time.

  4. Looks like a lovely vacation - I do miss green stuff (and I'm from Utah :)

  5. It looks like you had fun! I love Oregon...especially the coast. Used book stores are always fun too. :) Welcome back.

  6. What a fun bookstore! And I love Multnomah Falls!

  7. My new favorite quote by Marta Gullik!

  8. I love book shopping on vacation, too! And isn't Oregon lovely? Have a great day.


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