August 19, 2022

Looking Back - The Red Tent

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

1997 Picador USA
Finished on May 12, 2001
Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's society.

My Original Thoughts (2001):

Very easy to get interested in, although I had to refer to the genealogy chart several times during the first few chapters. I really enjoyed this novel, but I thought it began to drag in the last 50+ pages. I could put it down, so only an 4-star rating. Overall, it was very enjoyable and I'd recommend it to others.

My Current Thoughts:

This was such a popular novel when it was first released. I either read it with a book group or talked about it with fellow readers. I've read one other book by Diamant (Good Harbor), but somehow forgot all about her. She has written a few more novels that I'd like to try (The Last Days of Dogtown, Day After Night, and The Boston Girl)

August 17, 2022

Sisters, Oregon (Part Two)

Central Oregon Road Trip
May 25, 2022

A photo essay of our visit to Sisters, Oregon.

Beautiful lupine!

Wonderful bookstore in Sisters.

Great display! I used to love giving 
staff recs when I worked at Barnes & Noble.

Lots of stationery, games and gift merchandise.

Another great coffee shop.

Love the door pulls!

This may be my favorite brewery ever!

Fivepine Chocolate Porter. Yummm!

Such good clam chowder!

Halibut Bites

If you're into rodeos, 
this place has great views of the mountains.

Love all the pine trees in this rv park.

The Barn
Food trucks in Sisters.

Strawberry Lemonade. Mmmmm.

Rod's carne asada tacos were pretty good, but my fish tacos were nothing special. At least the lemonade was good.

We really enjoyed our stay in Sisters and hope to return at the end of our trip to Montana.

August 15, 2022

Sisters, Oregon (Part One)

Central Oregon Road Trip
May 24, 2022
Culver to Sisters, Oregon
Site #: 73
Elevation: 3,182'
Distance: 45 miles
Duration: 2 nights
Cost: $65.70/night
Weather: 75 degrees and overcast

After four days at Crooked River Campground, we were ready to head down to our next campground in Sisters. We made a quick stop off Hwy 97 at the Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint. The Crooked River High Bridge (open only to pedestrian traffic) provides a breathtaking view of the canyon, as well as the Three Sisters to the south west. 

The Three Sisters

Looking east

As with Bend, this was our first visit to the small town of Sisters (population of 2,952), which is also in central Oregon. I fell in love with this charming, walkable town! The views of the Three Sisters Mountains and Mt. Jefferson are breathtaking and I pulled over several times to take photos.

Mt. Jefferson

After gassing up in Redmond ($4.99/gallon at Fred Myers), we had plenty of time to stop for coffee before checking in at the RV park. 

The coffee and treats at Sisters Bakery (located on Cascade Avenue/Hwy 20) were very good. The raspberry scone was one of the best I have ever had! The bakery isn't very large, but we found two seats at the counter where we could sit and watch the people strolling by.

I wandered around town for about an hour, stopping in a few shops, while Rod relaxed in the RV.

Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort is four miles south of downtown Sisters, and quite lovely, offering all the amenities anyone could need. Full hookups, level asphalt pad, paver patio with picnic table and fire pit, daily trash pick up, pool & spa, miniature golf, store, propane, and laundry. The landscaping is gorgeous with lush grass, flowering trees and beautiful perennial gardens. In the center of the park is a small lake (catch & release fishing) that was surrounded by Canada geese. In addition to 96 rv sites, the resort offers six fully furnished cottages and cabins. RV "resorts" are definitely not camping, but it was nice to be close to town and have our creature comforts after "roughing it" in state parks.

The cost per night is fairly expensive compared to state parks and smaller campgrounds, but we've also paid more for much less. We'll definitely return!