Sunnyshore Studio is dipping our big toe into the book publishing world, so I I scheduled a meeting with Shelley Houston of Just Dust Publishing (JDP). Shelley had graciously offered to let Jenny and I stay as her Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville, OR and to answer any questions we had.
Unfortunately Jenny hadn’t been able to come with me, so I asked Jackie if she would be my “business trip” companion instead. We had a wonderful, magical time.
Sunday afternoon we drove to McMinnville, OR in Wine Country. We had dinner on the rooftop of McMenamins on the fifth floor of the enchanting Hotel Oregon.
Remarkably, Jackie, who is a picky eater, finished her gourmet burger. The tater tots were delicious too!
Then we went to Beauty and the Beast which I found very touching.
On Saturday, we enjoyed breakfast at the Crescent Cafe in downtown McMinnville. Their coffee cake was huge, warm and delicious.
We came back to the B & B and met with Shelley. Shelley was super helpful in this new and somewhat intimidating venture. I took copious notes.
It was a beautiful day. So when we wrapped up our meeting with Shelley we decided to head to the coast. We took Hwy 18, then cut over to Tillamook. The back roads of Oregon are absolutely beautiful and windy; logging trucks race scarily by. But they are worth it.
We stopped and had ice cream at the bustling and famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. Finally we arrived at Bayview and the Ocean. Which. Was. Absolutely. Beautiful.
Jackie even got her feet wet in the Ocean.
We stopped at Mo’s, a famous clam chowder restaurant. And walked on the beach at Canon Beach, enjoying spectacular Haystack Rock.
Then it was the long drive back to Redmond, listening to music and then the NCAA Championship game, including crossing the bridge from Astoria, OR to WA State.
Ahead of us is the publishing of at least one more book, the biographical sketch about dad. And there’s another book in the works too. Who knows what the future holds.
But for Jackie and I what was most important was that we got to spend almost two full days together learning about book publishing, but, more importantly having a wonderful, magical adventure together.