From Anchorage to Portland

Our Serpent’s Shadow tour of the Northwest is winding down! Tonight, I have a sold-out event for A Children’s Place in Portland, and tomorrow I travel back to San Antonio for an event there on Wednesday, and San Marcos on Friday.

After sold-out events in Vancouver and Seattle, we headed north to Anchorage, Alaska on Friday night. The city is just as amazing as I remember, and we had well over 1200 people at the local Barnes and Noble. Here’s the view of the Tumagain Arm from the Old Seward Highway:

Before the event we had breakfast at my favorite place, Snow City Cafe:

That’s the stuffed French toast with reindeer sausage. Rudolph was delicious!

And check out some of the costumes at Barnes and Noble:

The folks at B&N even made their own Rosetta Stone, which I resisted the urge to blow up:

To see more photos of the event, check out this great slideshow.

The end to a perfect Alaska day? Dinner at Simon and Seafort’s, where the seafood is beyond amazing. That’s me below with my trainer Danny, who was along on the tour to keep me burning off the huge number of calories I consumed.

Sunday, we flew to Portland, another fantastic city. I can’t believe the beautiful sunny weather here — very unusual!

Last night after dinner we took a walking tour through downtown and came across a few establishments run by Greek gods:

Then finally we made our way to the Underworld of Donuts: Voodoo Donuts. Even at 9PM, there was a line down the block, and after sampling the sinfully delicious goods, I can see why.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Serpent’s Shadow tour! If you’re coming to one of the two Texas events, I’ll see you later in the week!

Rick Riordan