August 13, 2011 - 11:54 PM
After my last class (of college, ever!) those left in the crew in Eugene and I headed up to our friend Cam's cabin on Lake Merwin. It was a fantastic way to celebrate my graduation from the University of Oregon, and it was made even better by the fact that I was able to see a lot of friends that have moved out of Eugene, so there was a reunion aspect to the whole trip.
We left in the afternoon, after a Skype date with our friend Tracy who is currently in Guatemala. We made several pit stops along the way, once in Oregon City to pick up the tent we will need for our big camping trip in Eastern Oregon next week. We also needed to do a little dress shopping for Leslie, as she is the maid of honor in her sister's wedding this fall. After much searching, we found Leslie a near-perfect dress and then headed off to the lake!
We arrived just in time to start dinner, which was delicious of course. More and more of the McAlister crew showed up, and it was fantastic to be together again. Even some of our friends that couldn't make the weekend because of their scattered locations throughout the country were able to share in the fun via speakerphone calls.
In spite of a rather cold weekend for August, we managed to catch a couple shooting stars of the Perseid Meteor Shower, lots of swimming and boating, and plenty of relaxation. My favorite part was just hanging out with the whole group, with everyone going separate ways we don't get that as often. I was also excited to get some reunion times planned; we're working on getting several football games on the schedule. The worst part about no longer being a student is the lack of availability of football tickets, but we're in the works of making at least of couple of games happen.
It was a pretty fantastic weekend overall, and after it I could not be more excited for football to start. With the flight schedules, it is looking like I will be making it out to the Missouri and Washington State games, so I am excited to have a return date to Eugene.