Portland. Week 1 ish.

I can’t believe it has been 3 years since I’ve been on a plane.

Last Monday when I flew into Portland, it was dark and calm. To see the glittering world below me was breathtaking and surreal (I’m one of those people that could stare out of the window of a plane, train or bus for 5 hours). I then thought to myself “I’m finally doing what I want for the first time in 3 years!” This week although not as fast pace has went by really fast, mostly because I’m still getting accustomed to living out of two bags for the next 3 or 4 months.

Portland was my first stop and first priority because of Ms. Melanie aka one of my favorite people on this planet, therefore it had to be one of my first stops upon exploring this planet. So far, it has been interesting, mostly consisting of figuring out what to eat and finishing our zine (which has been mostly us figuring out how work a printer we got for free that is probably 15 years old). But it was free, so…. five days later, some tricky printer downloads and the world’s heaviest Shakespeare book ever, some duck tape and some expired ink, we got the printer running. Also I finally started watching Twin Peaks and reading Eat, Pray, Love đŸ˜› (yes). I love this whole having time on my hands thing.

But here’s some picks from the past week which include a first stop to Powell’s of course, one of Mel’s favorite stores the Peculiarium (think if Ed Wood were to open a store or how his bedroom would probably look) a hike up Wind Mountain which was pretty nice and entertaining (got to see Mountain St. Helens from one side of the Mountain and Mt. Adams on the other) also we made it to the Japanese Gardens.

♥Julie Ruin- Tania♥

They’re all self published. Word. My 2nd favorite place in Portland. Powell’s Bookstore. Books galore.
Portland Japanese Gardens
Portland Zen Gardens
My best friend is brown and listens to hip hop and she likes scary Alien Autopsy photo booths, Sasquatch and conspiracy theories . Yii.
Scared of aliens since my brother’s “unsolved mysteries,” aliens phase in the 90’s. So I was trying to be strong.
Native Homegrrlz đŸ˜€
Hiking Wind Mountain.The Beginning of the Trail of doom aka Steep Hill Central aka the hiking level is pretty light aka buckets of sweat aka Catch your breath Mountain
Ya know just two Navajo girls hiking a Mountain.The top was so worth it. To see the Columbia River, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams from the Top. I think I might have a crush on you, Pacific Northwest.
A fellow hiker who found his zen and had an endless abundance of hilarious one liners. Too many to list.
The Walk back down…

Published by asdzaabeat

Amber McCrary is a Diné zinester, feminist and writer. She was born in Tuba City, Arizona (Diné Bikeyah) and raised in the Reservation bordertown of Flagstaff, Arizona. In the small town of Flagstaff is where she discovered her love for Punk Rock and the Do it Yourself Culture. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing Program at Mils College. She enjoys many things in life such as tea, traveling, writing, reading, sulking, gardening, eating, smashing the patriarchy and learning about cultures and her own (Navajo/Diné). She currently lives in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in Yellow Medicine Review, Bluestockings Magazine, Cloudthroat magazine, 580 split, Warship Zine and the Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches 1st Edition.

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