Truckster Braves Foggy Pacific Northwest

We woke up in another Seattle haze today, bright and early ready to go to Fox Studios for Jen Miner’s interview. She did a great job under the intense pressure of bright lights and prying questions. Steph and I sat in another room, watching her on the big screen, feeling like proud parents. Check out the interview here!

We then coasted over to the factory of Bihn Bags and met Tom Bihn, the owner of the company. He gave us a very personalized tour of the factory and explained Bihn Bags, inside and out including his love for effective pocket positioning and sleek design. The most impressive part of the bags is his company’s value to keep everything “Made in America.” Not only are these bags American-made, but they’re extremely sturdy and great for traveling in style. He introduced us to some upcoming projects as well as his extremely popular Ristretto iPad bag. Check out how the patterns are traced…

Bihn Bags factory

Bihn Bags factory

One minute you’re strolling through Pike’s Place Market in downtown Seattle thinking things like, “My, what a nice seabreeze,” or, “I can’t believe that place makes their own cheese!” then WHAM! There it is…the roots of the roast, the genesis of java, the beginning of the bean—The first Starbucks!

The first Starbucks!

The first Starbucks!

Our next day brought us to Portland, Oregon where we met with Travel Writer, Jessica Spiegel, for some lunch at Sellwood’s food carts. Portland has the most food carts of any city in the country and they actually congregate to form “pods” where you can sample numerous carts in one parking lot. These are extremely popular with authentic foods from around the world. We had some Mexican for lunch followed by creamy, yet icy, Italian Ice.

Sellwood food cart pod

Sellwood food cart pod

We’re taking a break tomorrow followed by a journey into California!

-John 

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About Jennifer Stafford
Jennifer is the Social Media Manager for HomeAway and has been with the company since 2007. She works on global social media programs and helps manage all of the US social media accounts. Prior to joining HomeAway she was the SEO lead for GEICO in Washington DC. Outside of work Jennifer travels as much as possible and is always planning her next trip!

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