Take A Day Trip

Untitled design-2 copy 12One of the things that I love most about living on the Westside of the Portland Metro area is that there are so many places to go that can be done as a day trip.  It’s a great starting point to go and explore.  Of course my favorite place to explore is the Oregon Coast.  If you aren’t a beach lover here are a few other ideas.


The Mighty Columbia – Scappose & St. Helens


Just a short drive from Hillsboro, Oregon you can have some fun checking out the Columbia River or visit these places –


Crown Zellerbach Trail – It’s located on the North side of Scappose and follows the historic railroad between Scappose and Vernonia.  The trail is 27 miles long and features both asphalt and gravel sections.


Sauvie Island – Located 10 miles North of Portland, Oregon Sauvie Island used to be called Wapato Island and is the largest island in the Columbia River.  You can enjoy biking, hiking, and more.


Sand Island – Is a 31.7 acre offshore overnight camping experience offers docks, nature trails, beaches, picnic tables, campsites, restrooms, kayak connections, water adventure rides and more.


Visit filming locations for Halloween Town and Twilight.


Northeast – Living Volcanos


Silver Lake – It sits in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens in Washington and offers amazing views.  You will enjoy fishing and relaxing by the lake.


Toutle – Part of Cowlitz County.  It is also near Mt. St. Helens and the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.


Johnston Ridge Observatory – It is located at the end of Highway 504 in the heart of the blast zone for Mt. St. Helens.  The observatory hosts an interactive display that discusses the biology, geology as well as the human story of Mt. St. Helens.


Wine Country


McMinnville – You can enjoy a brewery tour, take a vineyard wine tour, visit the antique mall, enjoy Meadows Woods and so much more.  McMinnville is also the home to Linfield College – Go Wildcats!

Carlton – Home to 22 wine tasting rooms, Carlton is a wine lovers dream.  The small downtown area is quaint and only 3 short blocks, but there is a lot to see.  It is filled with restaurants, boutiques and tasting rooms.  You will also enjoy amazing views as you sip wine and relax.


While there are many more Oregon day trips to take, this blog post would go on forever if I listed them all.  I hope this gives you a desire to go visit someplace new.

You can Never Have too Many Books Right?

Add a subheadingI love to read, and while I enjoy audio books and reading on my eReader there is something special about holding a physical book in your hands.  It’s probably why I love buying books so much.  The problem is, what do you do with all of those books because at some point in time you run out of places to keep them.  Helping get rid of some of those books is where this week’s local business of the week comes into play.  The Arcade Book Exchange is a used bookstore that has been serving the needs of Washington County readers for over 43 years, and the amazing thing is that you can trade your old reads for some new ones.

The Arcade Book Exchange carries a large selection of newer release, novels, romance, mystery, horror, spy/adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, westerns, children/young adult, self-help, inspirational, historical, true crime, biographies, category romance, military and so much more.  You are sure to find something you’ll love.  They focus primarily in paperback books, but you can find a selection of collectible and hardbound books as well.  In addition, if you aren’t ready to venture out and go brows books in person they offer an online selection of books too.

It should be noted that Arcade Book Exchange does not purchase books, you can only trade them.  So you may be wondering what does the process look like when you trade books?  Well here’s what you need to know about their trade policy:

You will receive 1/4 of the cover price on all incoming books in in-store credit.
Outgoing books can be purchased at 1/2 the cover price.

Half of your PURCHASE price may be deducted off of your store credit.
The remaining half must be paid with cash, check, debit or credit card.

Bring in two $8 books. You will receive $4 in store credit.
Take out two $8 books you will pay $4 in cash/debit/check and $4 will be deducted off your store credit.

All “CASH” books (with white cash sticker) are eligible to be taken off your store credit.

Credit has no expiration and no cash value.

So, the next time you are in need of a new book, why not exchange some books you no longer want and get some new ones.  The Arcade Book Exchange is located at 136 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 300, Hillsboro, Oregon and their phone number is (503) 648-5821

Books, Books and more Books

April 6 postI absolutely love to read, and am so thankful that my Mom modeled reading for pleasure when I was a child.  At any given time I can be reading at least four books – one through Audible, on in the Kindle app on my phone for the time I used to be able to go out to eat by myself and would read, then a self-help book and a fun book.  Those last two books are either a hardbound copy or paperback.   There is something about holding a book in my hands when I read that I just love.

As we get further into the stay at home order I find myself reading more, and since I like having a hard copy of a book I thought, hmmm, how am I going to get books, besides ordering from Amazon.  Which we all know is slow right now, and yes I could go to the library, except they are closed too.

So imagine my surprise when I learned that my local Barnes and Noble was doing curbside pick up when you order online.  My little book nerd heart was so happy when I heard this.  Now, browsing online does not compare to being able to go to the store and roam the aisle looking at all the different books, but it’s better than nothing.

If you are a book nerd like me, I would encourage you to do a little bit of searching on the internet to see what bookstores around you are doing curbside pick up – that’s if you are allowed to go out as each state’s stay at home orders are different.

Hillsboro’s Tiny Libraries A Part of the Little Free Library Movement

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The little library movement is sweeping the nation and has hit Hillsboro.  You may have noticed several new tiny libraries have popped up around the city, and wonder what it is all about.

It is really quite easy to borrow a book from the tiny library.  Hillsboro Library spokesperson, Mary Loftin says that the rules for these tiny libraries are simple.  If you see a book you like you take it home, and read it.  Then when you are done simply drop the book off at any of the tiny libraries across the city for others to enjoy.  The library realizes that not everyone can get to a branch location so this is their way of reaching more people in our community.

One might wonder if the library is concerned about books not being returned.  One of the unique features of a tiny library is that they are not staffed, and books are taken on the honor system.  You are welcome to enjoy them as long as you like, plus since the books at a tiny library are not like standard library books they do not have to be returned.

It should also be noted that these tiny libraries are not checked by librarians, so if you happen to have an overdue library book they ask that you DO NOT return it to a tiny library.  Overdue library books still need to be returned to an actual library branch.

The books you will find at the tiny library are provided by the Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library which is a a non-profit.  With their help the Hillsboro Library can continue to think outside of the box to provide access to library books for those who are unable to make it to a branch location.

Tiny Library Locations include:  Bagley Park, Evergreen Park, Frances Street Park, McKinney Park, Orenco Woods Nature Park, Tuner Creek Park and Walnut Street Park

*information courtesy of Pamplin Media Group