I had an absolute blast talking about my book Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir with these lovely ladies for their book club in Bend this week.
I thank them for choosing my book and inviting me to discuss it with them. The day reminded me how much I love writing my own stories, talking about vulnerability, celebrating Oregon and seeing all over again how strong and resilient we really are.
I love my travel writing and magazine editing work, but those are very different tasks than diving into a meaty personal narrative. Discussing Sun and life and challenge and satisfaction with these awesome women made me yearn to dig into another batch of Oregon stories, and soon. Their enthusiasm and appreciation and wisdom was gratifying and motivating.
How beautiful and powerful to be reminded that when you overcome fear and open yourself up, you are met with love.
Chance of Sun is available at nestucca spit press, www.powells.com and at various bookstores around Oregon. Or you can email me email@example.com and I’ll hook you up. The back cover tag line on Chance of Sun is Sex, Drugs and Camping. I promise that and a whole lot more.
I talked about this year’s BendFilm Fest lineup on KLRR 101.7 in Bend this morning. Here’s the interview. See you Thursday night for opening night of the awesome 12th annual BendFilm Festival!
I’ll be talking Oregon Travel and Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler 2nd Edition at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne on August 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Would love to hear your ideas for what Oregon destinations you’d like to explore. Hood River? Wine Country? The Oregon Coast? Astoria?
See you soon!
This photo is of Nye Beach, one of my favorite Oregon places. It’s featured in the Newport chapter of the book.
Happy day tripping!
Just confirmed – I’ll be talking about Oregon travel based Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler, second edition, at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne on August 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Looking forward to standing at the podium at the City of Books again!
(Pic from four years ago, at event for first edition release)
And it’s listed as the #1 Hot New Release in Portland Oregon Travel books on Amazon!
Need a day away to relax, refresh, renew? Just get in your car and go! This second edition of Day Trips from Portland, Oregon is your updated guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover right in your own backyard.
With full trip-planning information and tips on where to eat, shop, and stop along the way, you can make the most of your time off and rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip. Explore places you never knew existed, many free of charge, and most within a three-hour drive of Portland.
Ooh and ahh at the Kite Festival, dig for clams, and tour three lighthouses on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Drive the Historic Columbia River Highway to view a dozen waterfalls, the magnificent Columbia Gorge, and a lush green forest.
Take in some farms, vineyards, and gardens; do some serious shopping and wine tasting; and experience a UFO Festival, if you dare, in McMinnville and Carlton.
I have an event coming up this month in tandem with the release of Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler, second edition. Hope to see you there!
Traveling Oregon’s Backroads and Quick Getaways
May 21, Sunriver Deschutes Public Library, noon
As the editor of Cascade Journal, the author of “Day Trips From Portland,” and the Central Oregon ambassador for Travel Oregon’s “Ask Oregon” program, travel writer Kim Cooper Findling knows a few things about Oregon’s popular destinations, hidden gems and everything in between. Join her as she highlights some great day and weekend trips that are perfectly suited for anyone who considers Central Oregon their home base.
Check out my Central Oregon Local’s Picks in the annual Travel Oregon Visitor Guide, out now.
See Travel Oregon’s Ask Oregon program to learn more.