Mission Carmel

Beautiful and evocative Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, or Mission Carmel for short, stands as a testament to the ambitious and harrowing early days of European settlement in Alta (Upper) California. Neglected for decades, yet largely restored to its original state, Mission Carmel was […]


You may have already figured out that we didn’t end up going to Nepal. We’ve been living in a quirky, vintage former hotel built in 1910 in exotic-in-its-own-way Portland, Oregon for just over a year — and are just as surprised as anyone. […]

Interrorem Cabin (i)

We took a drive up to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to spend the weekend in the woods in a rustic cabin with TERROR for a middle name (Interrorem). We managed somehow over two nights to avoid being stalked by Sasquatch or harassed by forest-dwelling gnomes […]

Mt. Howard & the Wallowa Tramway

We really had no idea just how majestic the Wallowas of Eastern Oregon would be. The drive in treated us to a sweeping panorama of jagged alpine peaks. As approached, the snowcapped mountains quickly closed in all around. Still, we couldn’t have […]

John Day Fossil Beds

We took an extended Memorial Day weekend to explore the lesser-known, but equally amazing eastern portion of our home state of Oregon. We covered 1,200 miles over five days, sticking mostly to back roads, which got us away from the crowds and […]