|Me and my husband at Cannon Beach, Oregon|
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.|