DeeAnn and I went on an epic quest last weekend to collect McMenamins Passport stamps. She was our designated driver, and I did my best to chronicle our journey on Twitter and Instagram:
In all, we visited 25 different McMenamins locations, and I collected 39 stamps, including bonuses and experiences. (I’ve had my passport since early this year, but DeeAnn only got hers this weekend, so I’m ahead of her by approximately 16 stamps.) I am now 54.3% of the way to Cosmic Tripster status!
A word on our methodology: We always stopped and had at least two drinks (one for each of us) at each location. It wasn’t humanly possible to eat at every single place, especially when we were doing seven or eight stops in less than twelve hours, but we wanted to actually spend some time in each new place.
As the late Joe Cotter‘s epigram on the back of the passport says: “If you ever get to it, and don’t do it, you may never get to it to do it again!”
We did observe other people doing drop-ins, where they just asked for a passport stamp and left immediately. Several of the servers we spoke to said that behavior is not uncommon, and the staff don’t really care one way or the other. But many years of running The Game and Puzzled Pint have made us sensitive to the quid pro quo of asking locations to host players.
Anyway. Most of the remaining McMenaminses are around Portland, but we’ll have to do another road trip out west to catch the two bars which weren’t open when we visited last weekend, plus a separate jaunt down to Bend. We also plan to hit some Washington state locations when we drive up to Seattle for our friends‘ housewarming party next month. THERE WILL BE TWEETING.
Meanwhile, for other questing perspectives with much more detailed travelogues, check out Portlander Gretchin Lair‘s “McMenamin’s[sic] Passport Project” blog, which she began this month; and Seattleite Todd Springer‘s “My McMenamins Passport Odyssey,” which he started in January (the latest update was in mid-April).
Ha! Thanks for noticing I misspelled McMenamins. How embarrassing!