If you had told me 5 years ago, the year I decided to do my metalwork full-time, that I would be showing a piece at a major, professional venue, I would have not believed it! But, I did. I showed a piece of my artwork at SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) MADE (Makers Across Disciplines Engage) in 2018 this past June and I am so happy I took the risk and submitted a proposal back in November 2017.
I am not like most people, I actually like driving cross-country alone. This time I took a new route to Missoula, MT then finally on to Portland, OR. The trip was fantastic and I got to see things I had not seen before. I saw prairie dogs in South Dakota, buffalo in Wyoming and the most beautiful mountains in Montana on the way to my destination. Coming home I stopped in Yosemite National Park in California and at Arches National Park in Utah.
One of my favorite things along the way was a giant jack-a-lope sculpture. Talk about fun! He was the only reason I stopped and was the reason I chose to stay at the Thunderbird Lodge in Mitchell, SD. Too bad there wasn't anyone around to take pic of me with this crazy guy! This is the only drawback to traveling by car alone.
The next really interesting stop was at the Old State Mission Park in Idaho. This Catholic Church was built in 1842 in the middle of Lakota Indian territory. The building and craftsmanship of the inside was just breathtaking. I loved exploring all of the nooks and crannies. I'm a true lover of handmade anything and this place was a wonderful surprise and inspiration.
These are just a few of the wonderful things I was able to experience along the road trip. The trip to Portland, OR took roughly 5 days by car, but what wonderful days they were. I found great mom & pop owned restaurants, a fun overnight lodge, lots of beautiful scenery and even prairie dogs! Next time the hubby will be with me to experience the wonders we have in this country. Heck, maybe the next time will be by motorcycle instead of car!
In the next post you'll see and hear about the actual conference visit, so stay tuned!