January 17, 2011 - 4:28 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of the few days a year that the students at the U of O get the day off, giving us a three-day weekend. This long break gave some friends and me the perfect opportunity to spend some time outside of Eugene. We have talked for years about spending a weekend at my roommate Kate's cabin on Mt. Hood, and finally were able to trek up there on Friday evening.
It was such a nice, relaxing way to spend the long weekend. We had considered changing the date of the trip because there was a lot of rain in the place of snow, but I'm really glad we decided against it! The fact that it was still early in the term, and thus no one was overly swamped with midterms and papers, pushed the decision over the edge. We still decided to head back to Eugene on Sunday as opposed to Monday though, so that we could get some studying in- which is important for me as I have my first midterm this week.
We were joined by Kate's parents Sue and Randy, who very kindly took us in, feeding and caring for us over the weekend. Because it was a very rainy weekend, we spent quite a bit of time inside the cabin, playing games, watching movies, and enjoying the delicious home-cooked food. There was a lot of lounging around, which is a nice change from the pace.
We also ventured outside for a little while once the rain calmed down. We headed up the road to do some sledding, which in spite of the lack of fresh snow and the near constant drizzle, was so incredibly fun. I haven't gotten sledding in years, so it was great to channel my inner child again. Kate had a bunch of inner tubes, which was a fun alternative to the plastic sleds I was accustomed to. It was unfortunate result of the afternoon however that a few of them were popped due to collisions with several tree branches.
Overall, it was a great weekend with friends, and I was still able to get some studying in as well. I hope we can make a return trip soon when the weather is a bit better!