Hi All! I'm back from Portland, where I went with Linda for her book tour to support Crochet Adorned (and if you haven't at least visited her blog yet you're off my Christmas list). We stayed with Linda's super-crafty (and amazingly hospitable) friend Susan Beal, her husband Andrew Dickson and their super-cute daughter Pearl. We both had a great time. Linda did a book-signing at the world-famous Powell's City of Books and at a local yarn shop, made a tv appearance on AM Northwest, and the rest of the time we got to enjoy Portland. Susan and Andrew introduced us to some amazing food and cool things to see.
So, on with the post:
We did the drive there in one day, stopping for lunch at the Milk Bottle in Spokane, Washington.
I even did a brief sketch as Linda and I enjoyed our (ok, my) new favorite peanut-butter milkshake.
You will, of course, remember that Spokane is the birthplace of my father (assuming you're clairvoyant, as I'm pretty sure I haven't mentioned it). We also stayed there on the way back, so I'll put all the Spokane parts together for you:
After another long drive we arrived in Portland at Susan's house and passed out. The next morning we found ourslelves at Detour Cafe, then the International Rose Test Gardens.
The next few days included doing too much cool stuff for me to describe it in detail, so I'll just put up some photos and sketches.
On the way back, we drove along the scenic historic Columbia River Gorge Highway, lunched in the Dalles and stopped in Spokane for the night. The next day we strolled around Missoula, MT for a bit, stretched our legs in Phillipsburg and arrive home none the worse for wear but with a lot of catching up to do in the real world.