My Portland/Vancouver, WA trip was awesome last weekend.
Launch party was awesome on Thursday.
No idea what day it is here due to the hurricane but we're all alive and the generator will get us through.
I think it's Tuesday.
Anyway, here is a recap in pictures. Many thanks to other people who took pictures while I did other things.
I came to the west coast thanks to Amy Lee and the Vancouver Community Library. Here is a picture of the (*THE*) most amazing library I've ever seen. Promise me if you're anywhere near Vancouver, WA, that you will stop in and see it.
|Groovy sign at Mountain View High School, WA.|
I was asked to VCL to talk to an audience of all ages and to present awards to winners of their annual writing contest. It was a great night, and a huge thank you to VCL librarians who made me feel so welcome, and to Amy Lee, who is a brilliant district coordinator.
|Just in case you didn't catch the amazing wall in Vancouver Community Library up there^.|
|Talking about empowerment: My favorite thing to do on a Friday night.|
Photo cred: Sara Moon
The next morning, I took off for downtown Portland with my amazing niece and her equally amazing dude. We had a waffle window waffle. I experienced a VooDoo Donut. I went to Powell's. (Like a Batcave for Badass Ninjas.)
|Insert most obvious caption here.|
I said I'd dip my toe in the Pacific. And so, that was what Sunday was for.
|Amazing niece. (Photo cred: Dude's eye, Amazing niece.)|
|I said toe. But it was cold. A phalanx is a phalanx.|
(Photo cred: Amazing niece)
Monday was another awesome school visit at Grant High School in Portland.
|Boss. Sign. Dudes.|
|My first-ever biscuits and gravy and grits. Paige Battle's sweet tea for photographic effect.|
Epic day. Epic lunch. Best grits I ever had.
My Only Two Pictures of the Exeter Community Library Launch Party So Far
...before I scam more off others.
|One of two lovely cakes. Fantastic and homemade by a local cake maker.|
|This picture is of me and my sisters. I dedicated Ask the Passengers to them|
because they save me from the flying monkeys.
This was an accidental meeting in the bathroom and perfect photo op.
|The guest's WHAT? What does the guest own?|