It’s a good thing we have about 9 months of winter in Oregon, or I’d never really get any of my home improvement/DIY projects finished. Let’s just say when the sun comes out, nature calls and I answer.
This weekend was my buddy Josh’s bachelor party. Instead of the typical tour de titty-bar, we took the party to the woods. Gifford Pinchot style. There were about 8 of us, and we were determined to show Josh one last hurrah the way nature intended it, so on Friday afternoon, we caravanned past Sunset Falls, and ventured along forest service road 41 for about three hours to find the perfect spot.
Along the way, we stopped to take a quick break from driving, and climbed to the top of this hill (the smaller, sharper peak):
Where we saw this view (sorry, blackberry photo):
After we got back in the car, we traveled a little farther when we got into some pretty bad driving conditions on some of the remote forest roads. That said, you’d be amazed what a Honda Accord can drive over… the only real damage was to my decorative tailpipe cover, a rather useless accessory to begin with.
We drove about an hour more over logs, boulders and foot-high gravel berms and finally made it to our campsite. In the spirit of the “stays in Vegas” nature of Bachelor parties, the details will remain vague, but we had a pretty incredible time in the wilderness complete with pulled pork sandwiches, a bonfire and, of course, plenty of beer.
The view from our site, (funny, the picture looked perfectly focused at the time…):
The activities, complete with coyotes calling in the background:
The view from my tent the morning following the activities:
Incredible. It was so good to get out for the first camping trip of the season.
Yesterday afternoon, I tumbled back down the hill from the bachelor pad, returned to Portland, and then Helen and I headed down to Corvallis to see her uncle Tim who was in town from Yuba City for a few days. Since we’re just now returning home, I think it’s safe to say not much got done around the house.
I did mow the lawn, but the bathroom is still only 3/4 done and the front door is leaning against the garage wall, still waiting to be stained.
I have 3.5 days of work this week, followed by 11 days of vacation, which includes 4 days of camping and 3 days of wedding, so the home improvement may be on hold for the time being… but winter will return, and so will the renovation.
In the meantime, to support my summer adventuring activities and impending home improvement projects, I’m looking for a new car that can handle bumpy forest roads, but also haul a sheet of plywood when needed. I’m thinking a 2004ish Toyota 4Runner or Volvo XC70… any thoughts?