Rose Season in Rose City

The International Rose Test Garden is now in swing! Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the rainbow spawn of captivating flora at Portland's Washington Park. Incredible colors. Intoxicating aromas. Busy bumblebees. It's a carnival for the senses. Go check it out. The experience is a must-do between now and Labor Day if you find yourself in Rose City.

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Oregon Wine Country R&R

My partner in crime and I needed to escape. Offensive non-mutual collateral estoppel in Civil Procedure was blurring into constructive conditions fixing order of performance in Contracts; the law school man behind the curtain gave no hint of slowing our hamster wheel, despite our wobbling legs. Pursuing a JD is definitely an endurance game, as almost any lawyer will tell you.

Fortunately, Spring Break gives a reprieve from the chaffing, chapping monotony of case reading right when it's needed most. Not a week to forget law school entirely, taking at least some time to re-center is highly recommended. La and I like to think of ourselves as fairly balanced, so we did just that. After a few days in Newberg, we certainly feel rejuvenated!

Newberg is a town about 30-45 minutes south of Portland in the heart of Oregon's wine country. Tucked against the edge of the Chehalem Mountains American Vinicultural Area (AVA), about 12 minutes east of the Ribbon Ridge AVA, sits one of the most magical luxury escapes in the Pacific NW.

The Allison is Newberg's premier five-star inn, complete with world-class spa facilities, an onsite vineyard, and fine dining...That pretty much sums things up. No need for me to recount the details. A visit in person simply cannot be missed. Minutes from over 100 wineries, the 75-room establishment made the perfect home base for our down time.

When we managed to pull ourselves away from the lap of luxury, the hotel happened to have a fleet of fully-trimmed Lexus vehicles for us to use at our leisure. We took out an IS F Sport to Bergstrom Winery to get the full taste of the Willamette Valley. Heads-up display, 300 horses of vroom, & active seat cooling. Well, yes. Yes, please...

The winery was a fun experience for La. She enjoyed learning about Pinot Noir, loved the blended Chardonnay finisher, and was tickled that we were encouraged to spit during the tasting process. Our friend and classmate Olivier sent us to Bergstrom on recommendation, as he used to work there, and we were not disappointed. Gorgeous views and colorful bouquets, especially the 2012s.

We can't wait for our next journey south... but for now, it's back to appellate brief practice.

Weekend Adventures, Still!

This weekend the entertainment was a journey to Beacon Rock, on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. It's a sweet thing when law school coexists with killer recreation! I am sure this won't last long, as the work load ramps up, but I am savoring it while I can! Here are some pics of the over 800 ft. adventure to the top of this monolith...

Beaches, Bridges, and Beer

Anyone transitioning back into higher education after the freedom and free time of a professional life should do it like Lauren and I have...With style. ;)

Properly executed, this lifestyle segue should be channeled through a binge of excellent adventures, scrumptious meals, and social gallivanting. Our rationale? Well, law school, as in our cases, means you can pretty much kiss your life of normalcy goodbye for a year or more. Additionally, income potential has been reduced to a hodgepodge of scholarships, savings, and student loans. Between all of that, we decided it would suck if we couldn't remember the last time we had a truly ridiculous amount of fun half way into our first year of this grueling trek through Academialand.

So, over the past two weeks, with our downtown PDX home base all tidied and livable, we set out to try the best restaurants, take fun pictures, meet new classmates, try a quadrillion beers at the Portland International Beerfest, and explore clandestine sea caves. All of this among other cool stuff, of course.

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I can tell you that our plan was, is, and will be (for the remaining days until classes hit full swing) an absolute riot! Our future holds waterfalls, even more trail time, some bicycle adventures, food carts (KOI Fusion is the bomb!), maybe a movie, definitely some milkshakes from Salt + Straw, and Cards Against Humanity with some fellow 1Ls. Soak it up while we can!!! Oh, and whiskey! How could I forget that?! 

June Snow

So it must be Portland sensing we are moving in a little over a month, because the generally gorgeous and sunny Park City landscape has been cold and rainy for days now. The weather even shifted in the last few hours to big, wet snow flakes! Granted we are at 6800' above sea level, but I can definitely say this isn't normal for June. :) Good thing we have a fire coat needs a little while to dry out!



Cold, but oh the snow!

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At Deer Valley on Thursday, TEDxParkCityWomen brought a simulcast from San Francisco to the St. Regis hotel.  After session two, I snuck out to the deck to snatch a photo of the alpenglow on the ski run.  It's looking like the skiing will be good this week!  Perhaps some writing involving a forest...