Weekly Update for August 30, 2020

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Welcome to my weekly update for August 30, 2020!

For our mid-week hike, my husband and I drove up to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood for a short-ish leg stretcher. He was willing to go further but I just wasn’t feeling it that day. Being East Coasters, we were surprised to see so many people at the lodge skiing and snowboarding in August! Our permanent home is close to Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, but its height of 6684 feet (2037 m) doesn’t prepare us for these 10,000 + foot peaks in the West!

Trivia: Can you name the movie, based on the book of the same name, whose exterior shots were filmed here? Think snow.


Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston–4.5 Stars

Top Ten Nonfiction Books I Never Reviewed

Aurora Borealice by Joan Steacy–5 Stars


Little Century by Anna Keesey

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks, read by Judy Greer et al.

Currently Reading:

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, read by Mark Bramhall et al.

Out of the Silence: After the Crash by Eduardo Strauch with Mireya Soriano, translated by Jennie Erikson

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.


I have free access to Acorn TV with my library card so we’re catching up on Doc Martin. I love this show! Curmudgeonly, brilliant Dr. Martin Ellingham with his fear of blood relegated to the small town of Portwenn and its cast of characters just cracks me up, no matter how implausible each episode might be. We watched an episode of Martin Clunes’ Islands of America recently and it was so weird to see the man we think of as serious Doc Martin laughing and being so nice!

Up Next:

I just checked out Hiking Oregon’s History again so I’ll get started on it as soon as I finish Out of the Silence. I’m not sure about any other books. I’m very much a mood reader!

What did your week look like?

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  1. I thought The Shining, too, but thought I must be wrong, too! It’s so weird to hear about people traveling for pleasure again, but also nice! Maybe there is an end in sight…
    I haven’t read any of your books, but my husband and I watched all of Doc Marten on DVD a few years ago and loved it!

    1. We all know The Shining is set in Colorado, so it’s throwing us off that this lodge is in Oregon! My husband and I are trying to be responsible COVID travelers. We only go out for day trips (the lodge has a lot of trails around it and is actually on the Pacific Crest Trail) and make sure we have our masks ready if we meet other hikers. We also try to limit our explorations to weekdays, when less people are out and about. We just can’t bring ourselves to sit in our RV on his days off. We did it in California for 5 or 6 weeks when all the lockdowns first happened and we’ll do it again if we have to but we were going stir crazy in our tiny space!

  2. Nice looking assortment of books. I read the first in that series by Ashley Poston and loved it. I should get the next ones and catch up. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  3. Looks like you’ve had a great August life and books wise. My daughter loves Doc Martin – especially as he voiced an animated series (Kipper the Dog) that she loved as a child. One day I WILL holiday in Cornwall.

    1. Cornwall looks so lovely! I would love to visit someday. But my travel wish list is long and growing longer by the day….

  4. Looks wonderful! I do recognize that building. I’ll have to see if I can Acorn TV through my library.

  5. Looks like a great place to visit. Yes Martin Clunes is so nice isn’t he. I enjoyed most of Doc Martin although I lost my interest a little by the end.

    1. My husband burned out a little when I made him watch Doc Martin with me on Netflix years ago. Netflix took it away so it’s been a few years since we’ve been able to watch it. He enjoys it as much as I do now that he’s had a break.

  6. Oh wow that looks amazing there! Those hikes sound awesome. And ooh Devolution- I’ve been wondering how that one is. I’ve seen good and bad reviews so I’m not sure haha! Aurora Borealice looks fun too…

    1. I like the name Aurora Borealice! I saw mixed reviews on Devolution too but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  7. Great pics. My immediate thought was the hotel from the Shining which I know is in CO but, the more I look, I know I’m wrong….curious though

    1. You’re absolutely right! The book is set in Colorado but Kubrick didn’t film there. The exterior scenes were shot here in Oregon and the interior scenes were shot on a sound stage but based on the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. When I posted the pictures on my personal FB page, one of my friends told me that Stephen King hated the Kubrick version of the movie and made a point of filming the mini-series years later at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which was his original inspiration. I haven’t looked to see if it’s true but that friend works at a news station so I feel confident he knows his facts.

  8. I’d certainly love to be skiing right now. It’s so hot today here. This is the hardest part of my year.

    Nothing prepares you for heights like that. My husband always gets sick when we get up into the mountains. We are at 25 feet at my house, and the land around me is flat as a pancake.

    I can get AcornTV with my library card, too. It’s a new feature.

    Have a great week.

    1. Luckily neither of us gets altitude sickness, but it definitely blows our minds to see skiers in August! My in-laws live in South Florida. It is flat as a pancake there too! But nice to visit in February or March when we start to think that winter is never going to end. Don’t you love having access to Acorn TV?

  9. I love the photos! We’re already talking about ski season in Colorado. It starts surprisingly soon, which is weird because it’s still a billion degrees in the part of Colorado where I live. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks! My husband went to Colorado for snowboarding a few years ago and loved it! I’m not a winter girl AT ALL and I didn’t have vacation time so he took the trip solo. I’ve been to Denver a couple of times for work and I wish I’d had time to explore. We would love to make it to Colorado for one of his 3-month work assignments! Just not in the winter time. 🙂

  10. It sounds absurd for people to be skiing in summer. We actually got some snow in the mountains west of us last week, but it is winter, and it was barely enough for a snowman little lone skiing. I don’t recognise the lodge at all.
    How fab to access Acorn TV through your library card!

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Doesn’t it sound crazy? I saw one girl with her bikini on underneath her snow gear! Acorn TV may be my favorite non-bookish library perk ever!

  11. That building does look familiar but I can’t think where from! It looks like a beautiful place!

    I do enjoy Martin Clunes travel documentaries when I get the chance to watch them.

    Have a great week!

    1. We enjoyed the one episode that we watched. He seems like such a nice guy, it’s jarring to see him like that when he plays such a grumpy man on Doc Martin!

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