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     The great thing about living near downtown Portland is the proximity to basically anything fun you might want to do. It opens up so many opportunities and adventures, being able to get off campus. During the crew season I get to be on the river every morning, and that in itself makes my campus experience so much larger. My parents came down this weekend to watch our races, and therefore I got a free lunch on Sunday! We went to the OG (Olive Garden), and I’m sure you can all attest to the fact that the breadsticks are one of the best things in life. That same night some friends and I went out to dinner for a friend’s 20th birthday. This particular friend is from the great state (or country) of Texas, and all she has been craving for a couple of weeks is a really good steak. Thus, her mom paid for all five of us to get steak dinners at the Chart House. The restaurant is situated on the hill and overlooks the river and the Sellwood area. All I can say is that it was pretty much an amazing meal with some fantastic friends. Eating out is one of the better reasons to get off campus for me. It doesn’t take all day, but it’s a good change of pace from the usual dining. This weekend my friends and I are planning to drive to George Fox for the LC volleyball game. My roommate is on the team, and they are doing so well that we figured it would be fun to go cheer them on. I will try to post pictures from the game next week. Though I do enjoy campus life, it’s always nice to mix it up a little and go on some adventures. It’s not just limited to upperclassmen with cars though; transportation in Portland affords a good opportunity for getting off campus. Between the RAZ, the MAX, streetcars, and many walking accessible venues there is no way that you couldn’t find something fun to do downtown.

     As mentioned earlier, I had some crew races this weekend. We finished up our weekend with two back to back regattas, the Charlie Brown (hosted by LC) and the Portland Fall Classic, in which juniors, masters and collegiate teams all competed. Each of these were approximately 5k in length. Both Saturday and Sunday our team represented L&C very well. Our novice rowers proved that, yes, they are in fact bad asses, by winning multiple races. Our varsity teams also faired quite well both days and held our own against some larger crews. This means that we are going to have some great depth and competition this spring! For more detailed info about the team and its happenings from our head coach, visit the Pio Crew Blog 

     Here’s a picture of our varsity women’s four from the Sunday’s Portland Fall Classic. Though it was windy and the water was choppy, we still ended up finishing first! All in all it was a really fun race and we had an awesome time out on the water.

Women’s Varsity 4+

Later, Jess

29 October 2008