Just last week I threw on "Little People Big World" to entertain myself as I bounced around the house doing various chores. As you might know, it is filmed in Oregon and their farm is located about 25 minutes outside the city in a beautiful farming community. About ten minutes in to the show, I noted how much I enjoyed the 'between the scenes' filler shots documenting Oregon's landscape in golden, beautiful light. I remember thinking: "Man, I miss Oregon".
Then I had to laugh at myself. I've lived outside of Oregon for about ten minutes now so I've basically been on a long vacation. So the notion of dramatically yearning for its beauty after five minutes away is quite ridiculous. Plus, I knew I had an Oregon visit comin' right on up to tide me over and I'm just now back on my couch after the whirlwind that it was.
The wedding was in central Oregon which is (obviously) located in about the middle of the state. Jay and I had long planned to get flights up there for the big day. However he ended up being insaneo busy with an upcoming work event and knew that he would have to devote time to that the weekend of our friends' wedding, which was just this last Saturday. Assuming he may have to work the day of the wedding for a bit in the morning, we waited to book flights. Turns out Saturday was the free day but he had to be at the office early Sunday morning to get cracking again on the upcoming event. Crap. That meant that he could no longer make it to the wedding at all. As soon as that was declared, I jumped on the computer to book a flight for myself ... until, I saw that they were about $900 because it was last minute + it's a small airport. Um, nope. Just not gonna do it. Therefore, I opted to drive the 8 hours from San Francisco to central Oregon twice in one weekend alone which was incredibly unappealing. But in the end, it was absolutely worth it because I got to celebrate my sweet friends in the company of a host of people I love.
^The groom & me. Brides & grooms are such celebs at their weddings that if you get a second alone with one, you gotta utilize it!
Though we're both a component of our larger friend group now, I actually met the groom about two weeks into college on my own. My dorm roommate and I were sitting outside on the lawn in front our building sneaking pulls of whiskey from a flask while hiding our bitter beer face responses to it. With our new sense of college freedom and confidence, we loved to sit there and engage with the traffic of people going to and from the student rec center that was right across the road. On this night, we saw a buff guy heading in. "He's hot! Let's meet him!" my roommate declared as she exploded over to him on the sidewalk. We introduced ourselves, chatted for a minute and then offered him some whiskey. He obliged and took a huge swig. Then he moseyed on in to the gym to start his workout like a true Kenny Powers athlete. From then on, we were all buddies and hung out quite a bit in dorm land and he's been my friend ever since. So that was my very sweet story about how 3 idiots found each other and became one despite all the odds. I would like to note that I no longer sit on lawns to pick-up men nor do I take pulls of whiskey.
But enough of that, let's get to some pics and ignore the fact that despite charging my camera battery FOR THE WEDDING, I ended up forgetting it back at the cabin I stayed at. Therefore I only had my iPhone for pictures which is such a shame because central Oregon is quite the view and deserves real photos:
^Shanin, Me, Meagan times 3 because the photo was too narrow on its own for my taste.
^Central Oregon is so, so, so pretty. Definitely on the 'might retire there' list.
^WARNING- Allowing large number of college friends to hang out again may increase your probability of reverting to a deteriorated, happy, relaxed, juvenile state.
^So upset that I didn't have my real camera for this view of the bride and groom because they were stunnin'.
^The most beautiful Bride and wonderful lady. Love her! Her husband definitely hit the jackpot.
So I guess even though I've been out of the state for the length of a dishwasher cycle, I was reaffirmed that Oregon will always be quite missable. Friends I love, views that you drink in and some of the best air to breathe in in all the land. And thank you to the old Gods and the new for "The Hunger Games" audio book on YouTube which basically saved my insanely bored life during my 16 hours of labored driving in two days.