Road Trippin’ (2/2)

Hope you’re ready for the exciting conclusion of Amanda & Jim Jim: Road Trippin’!


We left Spokane for Portland, stopping at the deliciously amazing diner Jake’s Cafe in Ritzville, Washington, on our way. (They don’t even have a website – that’s how you know their food is good.)

We were in Portland for a few days while I conferenced it up with the International Comics Art Forum. We stayed in the centrally located Hosteling International Northwest Portland Hostel and it was great! The hostel consists of four old houses with a laundry, large guest kitchens, a neat secret garden, and your typical hostel amenities (tours, towels, internet, friendship, and so forth).

After a visit to Powell’s Books and Deschutes Brewery & Public House, we hit up REI for a membership and raincoats (because apparently it rains a lot in the PNW), went to Trader Joe’s for mochi, and settled in for a fun weekend.


We got coffee at World Cup Coffee & Tea with our good friend (and creative genius!) Sam Alden.

Friday / Saturday

In other news from the weekend, the conference was a good time! We ate conveyor belt sushi, went back to Powell’s Books, hung out at our hostel, watched Dr. Who (it rained a LOT), walked around the entire city, hit up a few more breweries and pubs (Tugboat!), went back to Trader Joe’s, and generally enjoyed ourselves. The weekend of relaxing is a bit of a blur without receipts after meticulously tracking our expenses en route.


We had an AMAZING breakfast at Kiwan Cafe Rio. (There are only like 12 chairs in the place, so get there early if you decide to go!)

Then we left Portland for Seattle, stopping at the KFC in Tumwater en route because it’s good to have a sense of humor about things.

We had an awesome dinner with Mike, Karen, and Brian, followed by some rollicking Arrested Development viewing.

We are now happily ensconced at the Extended Stay America, where we shall live out the summer next to a thirteen lane highway. (Don’t worry, our windows are double-paned for noise reduction.)

All in all, it was a pretty fun trip! It reminded me of Elf:

I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.

For any potential followers on our Washington-via-Oregon-Trail, it was probably good that we went the weekend before Memorial Day, because there weren’t summer crowds yet, which made travel and finding accommodations relatively painless.

Thanks for reading!

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3 Responses to Road Trippin’ (2/2)

  1. A Yuen says:

    For the record I love the word “ensconced.” Ten points for Gryffindor.
    And stay safe whil(e/st) crossing that thirteen-lane highway!!

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