Journal of Be(e)utiful Pla(y)ces

June 18, 2020

Hello Virtual Adventurers! The Adventure Whales are going down to one outing a week for the summer. Unless folks really want to keep following the blog, I am going to take a hiatus from posting our itineraries. That said, feel free to be in touch if you want more ideas...

June 6, 2020

Oregon: Indigenous Peoples’ Homelands and Contemporary Tribal Reservations 


To continue our exploration of Social Justice Heroes & Sheroes in our region, our next outing focuses on the past, present, and future of Oregon’s Indigenous communities. Indigenous peopl...

June 3, 2020

Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR &

Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene, OR


This week was supposed to be "Island Adventures" for the Adventure Whales. But with all of the turmoil in the country right now, our virtual vacation had to wait. At my y...

May 29, 2020

Middle Earth (via New Zealand)


Our second Fantasy Field Trip this week took us to Middle Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

If you’re not familiar with the tales of Middle Earth, start with an introduction to the pivotal element of...

May 27, 2020

London & Edinburgh, UK and Porto, Portugal


After a little time off due to non-coronavirus-related illness, we’ve regrouped for a week of Fantasy Field Trips. We started our adventures with a tour of Harry Potter hot spots. 

To join in the fun, check out...

May 15, 2020

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Portland, Oregon


To continue our week of Crazy Chemistry, we visited a beloved place in our family: the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I worked at OMSI for 12 years, so my kids literally grew up among the exhibits. One...

May 13, 2020

Musée Curie, Paris, France


This week we’re diving into the world of Crazy Chemistry. To start, we’re visiting the Musée Curie in Paris, France to learn about radioactivity and the amazing Curie family. The Curies--Marie and Pierre Curie and their daughter Irene a...

May 7, 2020

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA


On Monday, we explored engineering around the world. Today, we learned about engineers exploring other worlds. Specifically, we visited the engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California....

May 6, 2020

Q’eswachaka Rope Bridge, Peru 

Meghalaya, India


This week we’re exploring engineering in all its many forms. Part of what makes us human is our ability to think creatively to solve problems. That’s engineering.

To join us, start with this short video introducing en...

May 1, 2020

Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, Alabama


To continue our exploration of young social justice heroes and sheroes, the Adventure Whales visited the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Institute is across the street from the 16th Street Baptist Chu...

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