Cape Cod Retreat

After our blissful stay in Maine, we drove down the coast to relax in Cape Cod for the last half of our vacation back east. It’s a part of the country we have heard great things about, but never had the opportunity to visit before. Our timing was impeccable – after Labor Day when the… Read more »

New England Farm Wedding

I just returned from a blissful week in New England where I attended one of the sweetest weddings ever. We flew from one Portland (Oregon) to another Portland (Maine) and somehow the world did not spontaneously combust. Our friends getting married, Dan and Emily, gave us a great reason to visit this part of the… Read more »

High Desert Plants

We just got back from spending a week roasting ourselves in the high desert country in Central Oregon. The area around Bend, Oregon, is a popular vacation destination in the northwest in summer and winter, in part due to it’s high elevation and dry conditions. Fly fishing, hiking and cycling are all popular summer activities…. Read more »

Less-Than-24-Hour-Tour of Portland

Some old friends came out to visit the northwest recently and we enjoyed giving them a quick tour of the city we love so dearly. We were not sure if the agenda would include hiking through the majestic Columbia Gorge or heading into the city, so we recommended they stay at the McMenamin’s Edgefield to… Read more »

Charming Seattle

I am smitten with Seattle after my fun, albeit short, weekend up north. All of these years I have known there is something cool going on up in Seattle, but my trips up there have missed it. Maybe I was in the wrong area or with people who also didn’t really know the city. But… Read more »

BEA Recap

Book Expo America 2011 was quite a whirlwind! I left our homestead for a few days to fly to NYC and have a couple signings at the event. It was the first time I have ever been to BEA and it was crazy! I was staying right by Times Square and the city was hot… Read more »

Hello Book Expo America

Hello again New York! I am here for just a short stint to attend the Book Expo America, or BEA event. It is the biggest book event in the country and I will have a couple signings tomorrow. The first one is at the “author table” from 11:30a-12:30p and then at the Fulcrum booth in… Read more »

Road Trip Recap II

We continued our road trip west from New York to Oregon after a long break in Oklahoma. Kansas was an easy day, with flat freeway and a horizon line that seemed to go on forever. When we did briefly stop, we were greeted by some of the nicest people I’ve ever run into on the… Read more »

Road Trip Recap

We started our road trip from New York back to Oregon with a stop to first visit Monticello. After that, we headed south on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. I am admittedly pretty Oregon-centric in my viewpoint. I think Oregon is a beautiful state with diverse terrain and awe-inspiring natural places. However, this road trip… Read more »

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