“Day Trips From Portland” Black Friday Book Giveaway!

Wednesday’s “Day Trips From Portland” trivia Q and answer:

What city is home to the Oregon Film Museum?


Congratulations to our book winner, Bill Baber!
Buy “Day Trips” at powells.com amazon.com and many book retailers! Happy Black Friday!

Me and “Chance of Sun” on Pacific Northwest Book Lovers

The Memoir Trip: On Book Touring and Opening Up Even More, by Kim Cooper Findling

on the Northwest Book Lovers website.

See Nestucca Spit Press for more info and here for tour dates.

This photo is me (center), my pops and my sis, Rogue River Trail, circa 1976. Good times!

“Day Trips From Portland” Trivia Q and Excerpt, Day Five

Today’s Trivia Question:

What Oregon city, filming site of The Goonies, Kindergarten Cop, Into the Wild, and many more movies, is now home to the Oregon Film Museum?

Send me your answer today! Last day of the trivia blitz–I’ll choose a book winner on Black Friday.

Yesterday’s Question and Answer:

Where in Oregon can one find a life-sized Glockenspiel?

Mt. Angel, where, rising 49 feet at the corner of Charles and Garfield streets in the center of town, the Glockenspiel celebrates the Native-German-Swiss-Bavarian heritage of the village and the city’s world-famous Oktoberfest held each fall.

Today’s Excerpt:

From the chapter:

The Slopes of Mt. Hood


The Multnomah Indian tribe called Mt. Hood Wy’east. In one version of the legend, two sons of the Great Spirit Sahale fell in love with the beautiful maiden Loowit. But she couldn’t decide who to choose. The two braves, Wy’east and Klickitat, burned forests and villages in their battle over her. Sahale became enraged and destroyed the three lovers. He erected three mountain peaks to mark where each fell—Mount St. Helens for Loowit, Mt. Hood for Wy’east, and Mount Adams for the mourning Klickitat.


On this day that I’ll be driving over the Cascade Range in a blustery storm, it’s appropriate to think of our mountains as angry lovers. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and safe Oregon travels!

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The Fabulous North Umpqua River on the Travel Oregon Blog

The Fabulous North Umpqua River on the Travel Oregon Blog

“Day Trips From Portland” Trivia Q and Excerpt, Day Four

Today’s Trivia Question:

Where in Oregon can one fine a life-sized Glockenspiel?

Email me your answer today!

Yesterday’s Question and Answer:

Which Oregon city boasts the only vertical street in North America?

Oregon City, where a municipal elevator connecting two levels of the city went into service in 1915, officially named “Elevator Street”.

Today’s Excerpt:

From the chapter:

Be A Beaver


One Enchanted Afternoon

The Enchanted Forest is part Oregon legend, part every kid’s fantasy daytrip. This attraction built into a forested hillside just off of I-5 near Turner has been a part of the local scenery and culture since the 1970s. It’s much more than a theme park. Within its magical boundaries are a log ride, dragons, monsters, a storybook lane, a western town, a kiddie train, bumper cars, a haunted house, an English village, gnomes, cowboys, princesses and Humpty Dumpty. It’s all a little bit quirky—no flashy over-produced style here. That vibe is what makes the place so special. Kids love it, and adults are charmed, too. The whole project remains in the hands of its creator, Roger Tofte, and his family. That love and undivided attention shows. Prices vary by attraction but are generally very reasonable. The Enchanted Forest is located at 8462 Enchanted Way Southeast in Turner. Use Exit 248. Because of its convenient location on I-5 between Salem and Albany, a visit to this fun park would be easy to include in a couple of other day trips in this book, including Eugene and Mill City. See www.enchantedforest.com or call (503) 363-3060 for more information.

I took the chickens there this summer, and it was a blast.











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“Day Trips From Portland” Trivia Q and Excerpt, Day Three

Today’s Trivia Question:

Which Oregon city boasts the only vertical street in North America?

Email me your answer today!

Friday’s Trivia Question and Answer:

In what Oregon city was there a 1950 UFO sighting, photos of which landed in LIFE magazine?

McMinnville. The sighting was never verified, but caused much hoopla nevertheless, and is marked by a UFO Festival at McMenamins Hotel Oregon each year.

Today’s Excerpt:

From the chapter:

Farm Country

Forest Grove


Strawberry Fields Forever

My mother grew up in Forest Grove. For forty years, my grandparents ran a hardware store in downtown. Some of my mother’s fondest childhood memories are of walking directly from school the store each day, where she would do her homework and help her parents until it was closing time. She also recalls being released from school early, in May instead of June, to go pick Oregon’s famous strawberries. The rich soil of the northern Willamette Valley produced oodles of the delicious fruit beginning around mid-May, and the region’s schoolchildren temporarily became day-laborers. They were paid by the flat, and went home with sticky fingers. During the 1950s and 1960s, Oregon farmers grew 90 to 100 million pounds of strawberries. Today, that number is closer to 20 million, and Oregon ranks third in the nation in strawberry production—a distant third to Florida and California. Still, many Oregonians—including my mother—would argue that ours are the best.


We have to wait through a bunch of long cold wet winter days until those juicy berries….something to look forward to!


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“Day Trips From Portland” Excerpt and Trivia Q: Day Two

Today’s Trivia Question:

In what Oregon city was there a 1950 UFO sighting, photos of which landed in LIFE magazine?

Email me your answer today!

Yesterday’s Question & Answer:

What is the name of Oregon’s oldest bookstore, and where is it located?

Klindt’s Books in The Dalles, which opened in 1870! How awesome is that? I’ll be there for a reading in the next few months! Stay tuned.

Thanks to those who responded!

Today’s “Day Trips From Portland” Excerpt:

From the chapter:

Be a Duck


The Oregon Country Fair

Some events just have to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, and the Oregon Country Fair is one of them. For forty years, organizers have been putting on this groovy gathering in the woods outside of Veneta, 13 miles west of Eugene. In some ways, the Oregon Country Fair is just another summer celebration, with loads of entertainment, hand-made crafts and delectable foods. In other ways, the Fair is a mind-blowing adventure with magical surprises at every turn. Creativity, costumes (or—ahem—lack thereof) and the nourishment of the spirit in every way imaginable are enthusiastically encouraged. The last time I visited, I saw a woman with a typewriter in her lap selling made-to-order poems, a man painted from head to toe as a butterfly (and wearing nothing but the paint), a pirate on stilts and a gigantic bicycle-powered, paper mache’d vehicle called a “hippypotamus.” The Oregon Country Fair epitomizes Oregon’s free spirit and, if nothing else, is an entirely welcome alternative to your average summer festival. Held the second weekend in July every year. www.oregoncountryfair.org.

Here are a couple of photos I took last time I attended the Fair. I wish I was there right now!






“Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” is available at Powell’s or Amazon as well as many bookstores. It’s on Kindle, too! Read more here.

“Day Trips From Portland” Excerpt and Trivia Q: Day One

So begins the “Day Trips” blitz!

Today’s trivia question:

What is the name of Oregon’s oldest bookstore, and where is it located?

email me your answer at kimcf at bendcable.com today. I’ll post the answer tomorrow, and keep track of correct answers over the next week and select a winner of a free book on Black Friday!


Today’s excerpt:

From the chapter:

Farm and Garden

Mt. Angel, Silverton


Mt. Angel Moonshine

There was a time that Silverton was dry and Mt. Angel was wet. No, they weren’t subjected to strangely alternating weather patterns. Before Prohibition, Mt. Angel could legally sell alcohol and Silverton couldn’t. Commerce working the way it does, those with managed to make an industry out of providing to those without. One point of transfer was the Gallon House Bridge, the last of Marion County’s original covered bridges. Located over Abiqua Creek on Gallon House Road a little more than a mile northwest of Silverton, the bridge was constructed in 1917. Soon after, the north end of the bridge became a pigeon drop, or place to exchange “white lightning” whisky for cash. The illegal trade is long gone, but the bridge remains. It’s worth seeing, and you can still make a toast while you are here—even if it’s just with a swig from your water bottle.


Whether they’re moonshine guzzlers or teetotallers, buy your family and friends a copy of “Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” for the holidays at Powell’s or Amazon. It’s on Kindle, too! Read more here.

Oldest Child For Sale, Makes Great Holiday Gift


Not really. I am madly in love with my gorgeous blonde first-grader Chicken Noodle and would not part with her for a million dollars or even a new Toyota Highlander or an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, both of which I really want for Christmas.

I’m talking book-children here.

Ever since the release of my second book-child in July, “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir,” I’ve been neglecting my first book-child, “Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler,” which was released in May.

So fallibly human to worship the fresh new thing, even if its “new thing” predecessor is only two months old.

This week I am going to make amends, lavishing still-sparkly-and-fresh “Day Trips” with love, attention and flattery. Look for an excerpt a day through the next week, as well as trivia questions from the book.

Think you know Oregon? Prove it and win a free book. The trivia game will culminate with a fabulous book give-away on Black Friday.

Yee haw, babies! Free books! Can you stand it? Almost as thrilling as marshmallows in the Jello salad on Thanksgiving.

Know anyone who lives within a 200-mile radius of Portland? “Day Trips From Portland” really does make a great holiday gift.

Day Trips from Portland, Oregon is your guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. This book is rich with tips on where to eat, shop and stop in dozens of cities within a two- to three-hour drive from Portland, including Astoria, Bend, McMinnville, Oregon City and many more. Don’t miss a thing, including world-class wineries, art galleries, historical sites, recreation destinations and restaurants. Find hidden gems, like an amusement park populated with elves and fairies, a beach made of black cobbles, the West’s only UFO festival, Oregon’s last drive-in movie theater, and a 28-foot tall concrete Bigfoot. Discover the lost art of a great day trip with Globe Pequot Press’s Day Trips From Portland, which includes full trip planning information, maps and directions. A great gift for Portlanders, Oregon lovers, and wanderers alike.

 Stay tuned ‘til tomorrow, when I’ll post the first blurb and first trivia question.

If you simply cannot go on another moment without ordering a copy right now, try Powell’s or Amazon. It’s on Kindle, too!

And don’t anybody get any wild ideas about Noodle. I’m keeping that little toothless vixen under my own tree.

A Little Press Love

“Day Trips From Portland” on the Travel Oregon Blog

“Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir” in the Eugene Register Guard

An article about me in the Burns Times Herald







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