I've been on a road trip. I decided (this might not be entirely logical) that driving to the Annual Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Conference made sense. Yes, this year AAS was on the West Coast, but in San Diego. San Diego is very far away from Lopez Island (located on the Canada-U.S. border). I left Lopez on the 11th, proceeding directly to Portland with a stop to take a bike ride in Woodland, Washington. Just by chance this bike ride took me to a gorgeous grist mill-- the oldest still operating grist mill in the Western U.S.