Thanks for all the suggestions!
Powell's is always a stop on any trip to Oregon - I spent $132 on books, and that's only because I stopped myself! - and it is what I think heaven will be like, only you don't have to pay for the books and dogs are allowed. We enjoyed a morning at the Tillamook cheese factory, which was incredibly interesting despite the guide's inability to answer any of my questions (she answered questions she thought I was asking instead of listening to me), and we did some shopping in Portland and Vancouver.
Have I mentioned that Tillamook is a nightmare for the lactose intolerant? I did manage to get a really nice wildberry sorbet, but the ice cream tried to lure me in, getting me to forget the pain and misery it would cause. And no, I can't take even Ultra Lactaid and enjoy ice cream! I can, however, enjoy cheese because 98% of the lactose sugars are removed from it!
Lamentably, our trip was cut short as the Camping Gods did not favour us this trip. We left on Sunday and arrived around 9:45 pm to rain, although it wasn't cold. We woke on Monday to beautiful sunshine, but Tuesday brought rains so heavy it flooded out our tent and we had to leave for Portland a day early.
When we returned to the site, it was flooded out with water soaking Raymond's side of the tent and water seeping into mine. A little rain I can handle - I'm from B.C. after all - but wet sleeping bags and sheets really don't make a fun trip! They refunded our money, which shocked me, and we went off to Portland.
Powell's book store - I don't have any pictures as I was too busy jumping up and down and squeeing "Books! Books! Books!" - and ended our day with a trip to Voodoo Doughnuts! Yes, that's a bacon topped maple doughnut, and it was tasty. The orange one is a mango filled with Tang topping, and that was really tasty!
Just for a laugh, I asked at Fuddrucker's if they had gravy for my fries. They didn't, but the manager wasn't as offended as the woman in Montana - he just laughed and figured we were Canadian!
We came home with a lot of cheese - smoked Brie from the Blue Heron Cheese place in Tillamook, smoked cheddar and garlic cheese from the Tillamook Cheese Factory - far too many books (although I really don't think there's such a thing), a few video games and a new Dreamcast, some lime green dice for our weekly Dungeons & Dragons game and a dice tower, and some interesting stories. We did go to one of the two bead stores that bill themselves as the largest in Oregon, but since I'm on a quest for resin casting and wire trapping supplies, I didn't buy much. (I admit, once you've been to Rings & Things in Spokane, every other store seems big but not huge!) We didn't do much wandering around downtown Portland as I was pretty tired from the driving on Sunday, more driving on Tuesday, and the frenzied leaving of the campsite on Tuesday.