Shhh…. The kids are still in bed, sleeping off jet leg from our trip out to Olympia, Washington.  I worked on my MG novel revisions the whole plane ride here, and I’m this close (I’m holding up two fingers that are just millimeters apart) to finishing.

I’m having coffee with marshmallow mocha creamer, sitting at the kitchen table in just about the most charming little rental house in the universe. There’s a dartboard on the porch, golden raspberries in the garden, and a second growth cedar forest out back.  Also a piano and tambourines and bongo drums in the living room.  It was fabulously noisy and fun here last night.

When the kids get up, we’re getting in the car to go hiking at Mount Rainier. We’re still making plans for the rest of the week, but the Hoh Rainforest, Mount St. Helens, and a trip to Portland are all possibilities. We didn’t do much research on Portland.  Powells would definitely be on the agenda.  Does anyone have other suggestions if we go?

4 Replies on “Bliss

  1. There’s a great toy store not far from Powells called Finnigans.

    There are many, many great restaurants.

    You could go to Northwest Portland and walk down 21st and up 23rd for window shopping.

  2. Welcome to our neck of the woods, Kate! Sounds like a great little rental cottage you have there in Olympia. 🙂

    If you come to Portland on the weekend, I would suggest the Saturday market–lots of art, food, street entertainers, and fun.

    The rose garden in Washington Park is not to be missed. If you like the zoo experience, there’s a mini train that runs from the rose garden to the zoo.

    If you have extra time, I highly highly recommend taking a drive through the Columbia Gorge and visiting Multnomah Falls. There are wonderful hikes to different waterfalls, etc. there–let me know if you want to know more!

    Have fun!

  3. There was also a lovely bookstore in Portland called Looking Glass Books. I don’t know if it’s still there, but the address I have is 318 SW Taylor Street.
    Not to knock Powell’s at all (I subscribe to their newsletter).