Weekly Update for August 16, 2020

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Welcome to my weekly update for August 16, 2020!

Two of the biggest natural tourist attractions in Oregon are the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway and Multnomah Falls. State officials closed them before we arrived here in April because of COVID-19. They finally re-opened on Thursday! We set out to explore on Friday. The air was hazy and we picked the worst time of day for photography, but it was beautiful nevertheless! We were focused on the drive this time so we only stopped at waterfalls that were easily seen from the road. We’ll venture back to do more hiking and exploring soon.


Hard Rain by Irma Venter–3 Stars

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (Book #2) by Eoin Colfer–4 Stars


A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess Book Cover

A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess, read by Fiona Hardingham

Currently Reading:

The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S. A. Chakraborty

Aerie (Magonia #2) by Maria Dahvana Headley, read by Therese Plummer and Michael Crouch

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright

On Hold for Now:

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen–I ran out of time on this library check-out so I’m on the waiting list again.

Hiking Oregon’s History: The Stories behind Historic Places You Can Walk to See by Michael L. Sullivan–I had to return this book before finishing it but I placed a hold on it so that I can continue it when it’s available again.


The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne on Netflix. I like Charlize and I enjoyed this movie quite a bit. A team of immortal warriors has been trying to change the world for the better for centuries (millennia?) but they’re getting tired. An old classmate reached out to me and recommended the graphic novels so I’ll probably get to those at some point as well.

Up Next:

I’m almost finished with The Empire of Gold and Bookish and the Beast (Once upon a Con #3) by Ashley Poston is ready to go next.

What did your week look like?

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  1. Oh how nice to get outside and explore! We don’t have anything like that near by and with an 8 month old it’s a little hard to travel too far. Can’t wait till he’s old enough and stays awake longer than 2 hours at a time lol

    1. An infant would definitely make travel difficult! I see parents out on trails with those baby carriers on their shoulders and wonder where they find the strength! You’ll be able to travel with him sooner than you think, I’m sure!

  2. Wow those are awesome pics. I especially like the Multnomah one- that bridge is so cool! It looks gorgeous there- such a great place to explore I imagine.

    1. Oregon is a fabulous place to explore! We weren’t allowed on the bridge. I imagine it’s something to do with crowd control and social distancing. It was still a beautiful bridge to look at though!

  3. Wow! Those waterfalls are impressive! I think Multnomah Falls has a really good library, too. The Daevabad Trilogy has been on my TBR list for a while, but I haven’t even started it!

    1. The libraries here are only open for curbside pickup so I haven’t gotten to visit yet. We’re planning to move on in October so I hope I get to see it before then!

      You should definitely read The Daevabad Trilogy. So good!

    1. I hope you’re able to visit at some point! We’ve been pleasantly surprised by how beautiful Oregon is!

    1. Yes, Multnomah Falls is developed for tourists with a huge parking area, a lodge, restaurant, gift shops, etc. They required masks while on the property, had hand sanitizing stations everywhere, and had mapped out one-way paths for visitors. Staff were everywhere enforcing the rules. The governor of Oregon has mandated that if we can’t maintain social distancing while in outdoor spaces, we have to wear masks as well. Most people we encounter are following that rule.

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