A few weeks ago I had the amazing pleasure of having some of my best friends visit me here in Oregon. Besides family, they were my first visitors since moving to Oregon, so I was really excited to have them visit. I was also really excited because it was their first trip to Oregon and so I wanted to show them a good time. So for four days, we did some of the most Oregonian things one should do on their first visit to the Beaver State.
Um... can we just talk about how we're almost halfway through November?! I feel like I was just looking at the calendar and wondering how it was already Halloween! As you've probably noticed, I haven't posted anything in a VERY long time.You can blame the gloriousness that it 2L year. School basically took over my life for the month of October, which was a real bummer for me since October in Oregon is BEAUTIFUL! All I wanted to do was run around and see the colorful leaves, go pumpkin picking all day and do other fall stuff. Unfortunately, that did not get to happen. If I wasn't at school, I was at home reading, and on the weekends I was attending conferences and classes in Portland and even had to complete a midterm over Halloween weekend! Yuck! Needless to say, the blog and my travel adventures kind of took a backseat. But once November rolled around school slightly got better, although it looks like I'll still be too busy to do any traveling/adventuring until Christmas break. I mean I'm even too busy to celebrate my own birthday! (which is actually today- 25 years old yikes!)
Over the summer, A gave me a map of the Pacific Northwest (since I have this thing about maps). He gave me the idea to hang it up and put pictures of our adventures in the Pacific Northwest all around it. I thought it was a great idea and ended up adding it onto one of the plain white walls in my new home. It was a great way to add some much needed color to the living room and a great way to incorporate my love of travel in my new home.
Being thrown into the hectic fire that is law school can be a bit overwhelming. That's why a few weeks into school, a few of us started to get a little crazy and were itching to get out of town. We decided to go camping atCrater Lake since most of us had never been. The whole trip was about 24 hours, just long enough that we got to run around and do everything we wanted to do, but short enough not drive each other crazy.
A few weeks ago, I became really stressed out about trying to find housing before starting school. It seemed like I would never find a place to live. Bad luck just seemed to follow me everywhere I went and after multiple days of this, I became extremely upset and stressed. To cheer me up, A suggested that we take a drive to the coast for the day. We started our drive by going towards Florence and then headed north on the 101, stopping wherever we felt like it. If you've never been to the Oregon coast, you are seriously missing out. All I have to say is that they don't call it one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon for nothing!
Along the way, we stopped for some local seafood, saw some light houses, explored the Devil's Punchbowl and the tide pools and watched the sun set on the horizon. It was the perfect way to take my mind off what was going on back home. However, one day is definitely not enough time to see all of the coast and so I absolutely can't wait until the next chance I get to explore more of this amazing Oregon wonder!
Last week A and I decided to do one last hike before I left for California and D.C. We decided on Smith Rock State Park, about 35 minutes north of Bend. This place had been on our list for a long time so it was nice to finally be able to visit. We walked along the rim of the park for a bit and then did the Misery Trail, which is about a one mile trail uphill. Let me tell you, they don't call it the Misery Trail for nothing! Afterwards we were craving a burger and beer, so the obvious choice was to head to Bend. Although we didn't stay in Bend long, it was awesome to finally try some of the famous Bend beer. I can't wait to come back in the fall and do the Bend Ale Trail correctly.
A few weeks ago, A had a birthday and seeing as how it was a big one (25!), I really wanted to do something special. A said he just wanted to go hiking on the Columbia River Gorge and go beer tasting. Hiking + beer? You don' t have to ask me twice!
This time last year, I had been feeling rather frustrated with the daily routine that was my life. Don't get me wrong, I loved my job and the people I worked with, but I was longing for something more. I found myself constantly looking up destinations on Pinterest every chance I got. I dreamed of visiting these places, meeting new people and eating and drinking the local cuisine and beer.
When the weather in Oregon gets above 50 degrees, it's like the whole state drops whatever it's doing and goes outside. Last weekend, I was one of those people. Despite having a final paper due next week, A and I decided to take advantage of the 70 degree weather and go exploring. We decided on Corvallis, a small college town 45 minutes north of us and the home of the Oregon State Beavers (*cough* Go Ducks *cough*).
When one thinks of Oregon beer, Eugene is usually not the first place they think of. I'll be honest with you, I was a little hesitant when I moved to Eugene. I didn't know much about the craft beer scene in Eugene and I was worried about not having close access to local breweries. I knew that Portland was two hours away and Bend was an hour and a half away. I also knew that I wouldn't be able to get out there as much as I wanted to because of school. To my surprise, there are actually a lot of breweries in Eugene. In fact, there are so many, I began a brewery group with some of my law school friends and every Friday we would try a new brewery. After the semester, we still hadn't gone through all of the breweries and cider houses! I'm excited to head back to school and continue exploring the Eugene craft beer scene next semester.
Hey guys, so I know it's been wayyyyy too long since my last post but now that I have some free time I thought I would let you know what I have been up to these last few months.
Right after I got back from Austin, I began to prepare for my big move to Oregon for law school. Everything happened so quickly- the packing, the moving and even starting school. I was so busy, I never got a chance to write about any of it . Who would've thought law school would be so time consuming ;) On another note, I am happy to report that I survived my first semester of law school (barely) and am 1/6 a lawyer!