Eugene, Oregon

8/19/2008 – 8/29/2008

Wow, I fell way behind on updating this. Eugene was too lazy, I guess. And I’ve been too busy since I started traveling again. Anyways, I’ll try to post a couple things up today and catch up to where I currently am (Vancouver!).

Eugene was great fun, but only a few things happened that are really worth mentioning. I spent quite a bit of time preparing for the upcoming journey, which was partially fun and partially stressful, but in between that I got to do some fun stuff. A concert, some bar time, some hiking, reading, watching Olympics, etc.

On the weekend, Steph and I went for a hike up Mt June. It was pretty nice and we managed to have a nice walk in the woods even though we did get somewhat lost.

View from Mt June Mt June

Tuesday through Thursday I was backpacking in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area of the Willamette National Forest. More on that in the next post, but we climbed the middle sister on Wednesday.

Reading: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood; The Balkans – a 700 page tome that John recommended I read before we go there. I can’t wait to finish it so I won’t have to carry it around anymore.

Departure: Amtrak Thruway bus from Eugene to Portland, Oregon, $22.00.

Funny story: I had a ticket on the early morning Cascades train to Portland, but after I had been sitting in my seat for about 5 minutes waiting for the train to leave I realized that my passport was still at my mom’s house. “Excuse me, excuse me,” I said, as I pushed past some people and jumped out of the closing train door. Fortunately, some friendly Amtrak employees moved my ticket to the bus two-and-a-half hours later (refunding me four dollars in the process) and Steph, who hadn’t yet left for the weekend, was able to run me out there real quick to pick it up. Fun times.

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