So who wouldn’t drive 211 miles to visit a quilt shop? I casually mentioned to my husband that I’d like to go to Pendleton, Oregon, to visit a quilt shop that we had seen on our vacation last Fall. An hour later we were in our car for a road trip
The weather wasn’t the best, but at least there was no snow or ice. We lucked out with mostly dry weather, and a little drizzle, in the Columbia River Gorge as we drove east on I-84. We didn’t have time to make any stops because we had to get to Pendleton before the shop closed and we hadn’t started out until 11:00. I thought the shop closed at 5:00 but turns out it closed at 4:00. We just made it with a little time to shop and buy. So my road photos were all taken out my car’s windshield at about 70-mph.
We walked around the town and, sadly, so much of it has closed up. This seems to be the trend for small towns. The old theater is abandoned but there is a fund-raiser that hopes to raise the money to restore it. Of course we had to stop in to the saddle and boot shop, but when the boots I liked cost $600 we walked out. The store has been there since the late 1800’s and I hope it can remain, but the prices were not in my budget.
Here are the photos from Hamley’s Boot and Saddle shop:
We wanted to eat at Hamley’s Steak House but neither of us was hungry and I thought it might be nice to head home before it got too dark.
I was hoping that we would see a gorgeous sunset on the way home as the clouds looked promising….until the rain fell and the dark clouds rolled in. Oh well.
I’m glad we made this little trip because I found out that the quilt shop is being sold or closed in the near future. Luckily I was able to fill out the line of fabric I was looking for and even added a few others. I see another project….