I was lucky enough to be able to vacation with my awesome girlfriend for Spring
Break. Since it was also Spring Break on the West Coast, we decided to forgo drunken
revelry in Mexico and instead have some fun in the snow in Oregon instead.

Keri Gorman's 30th birthday party


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I picked Natalia up at the airport in full cowboy regalia and took her to Duke's Cowboy Bar
way out in the Deep South East, where Keri was celebrating her birthday. More on the venue
HERE . I thought that Chris and
Keri were the best-looking cow-couple at the bar that night.


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Allison Dehaan (I think this is the first time I'm using her new name in print) and Natalia
looking good in cowgirl garb.


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Keri and Allison decided it would be a good idea to ride the bull together. Much fun ensued.
This was one of the few times I think I'll hear Keri say, "I think I have a bruise
on my inner thigh from Allison's fist."


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Kelli Caldwell beat up on the bull as well, but I only caught her wild hair in a picture,
not the wild bull rider herself.


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Not to be outdone, Ross also had a good ride. The bar makes you sign a waiver and pay
the large sum of $3 for the privilege of getting beaten into the ground.


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Check out the sweet boots on Cynthia here! The pigtails are a sweet touch as well.


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Bill Righter (of the "Chips-in-the-Pocket" Bill Righter fame) also made an appearance on the
bull, beating the crap out of it. I enjoyed Bill kicking the front of the bull with his heels
while yelling, "That's extra points!!! C'mon!!!" At some point, I think he also yelled,
"Who's your daddy!!" The kicker was shortly thereafter the speed of the bull went WAY up,
Bill flew off the bull into the barricade, and Mr Big-shot Redneck running the bull says to
Bill, "Who's your daddy now?"


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Gorman taking a self-portrait of he and Natalia.


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Yes, I even took a turn on the bull as well. I did only slightly less worse than I had
done previously HERE with Erik Olson. I think it was the tight-ass Wranglers
and pearl button shirt that did it for me.


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Another shot here. I think one of the things that makes Duke extra-classy is the television
screens all around the bar playing a photo montage of people at their bar having a good time.
It's almost to suggest, "Hey, look how much fun THESE people had here! C'mon and get your
cowboy ass dancing!"

Video of Keri doing a shot at the front of the dance floor VIDEO


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Paul and Allison Dehaan getting some two-step action in. I think that's Allison leading actually...


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Some of the Rock Squad who made it for the great Keri Gorman event. From left to right,
Deb Disko, Cynthia, Paul Dehaan, Allison Dehaan, Bill Righter, me, Natalia Lynn,
Keri Gorman, Jordan Disko, Chris Gorman, and Keri's sister and brother-in-law.


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The night degenerated into taking bum pictures. Seriously, I don't understand how anybody gets into
Wranglers. These pants are TIGHT!


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Can you say Christmas picture 2007?


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Our ladies showing off their wares. Can you pick out your lady?


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Or your guy for that matter?


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I guess Paul and Allison made Keri some birthday undies. Here's Cynthia putting on a pair.


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Here's my personal favourite pair. This translates to "I love Gorman".


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Allison, Cynthia, and Keri modeling the lingerie. Look out Victoria's Secret!


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Yes, Chris, those underwear DO make you awesome!


Natalia and I on Spring Break


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Natalia and I started our Spring Break with a tour through Portland. On our way to the Saturday
Market, we strolled past the Chinese Garden and saw these flower-filled trees. Anyone know what
tree this is? Please email me if so at Paul's email


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Closeup of the flower. C'mon Carl Lynn, I figured you'd know this one!


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More of the petals with some of downtown Portland behind it.


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We discovered a Cupcake shoppe in Portland called Saint Cupcake. We stopped in and picked up
some goodies. Which one is your favourite? More on the shoppe HERE .


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We also stopped in at the Rose Garden in Washington Park. Natalia liked these flowers around the tennis courts.


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In late March a lot of the shrubbery is in bloom as well.


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What the International Rose Test Garden looks like after a serious pruning.


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Our first stop in our Spring Break of Snow was Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. After a brief stop
at the best Mexican place you'll ever find at a gas station, we were up on the mountain. Natalia
is so excited she can't even stand it.


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Ready to ATTACK the ski hill! Make sure to tell her that you love her ski jacket and that you think
the colour is suitable for someone of her age.


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Nati was impressed by the size of this hot dog.


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Apparently, Smokie doesn't just put out forest fires. He also gets in some turns when he can.

Video of Natalia working that wedge turn (taken with me skiing backwards) VIDEO

More comments coming soon.


Summit Meadows


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Natalia and I decided to rent a cabin at Summit Meadows, a really cool group of backcountry cabins
in the Trillium Lake Basin near Government Camp. You have to ski (or snowshoe) into the cabin area
and bring your own gear in, but the cabins provide their own sled. They don't provide the horsepower
though! When we started out, it had been warm and all of the snow in the parking lot was gone.
Thankfully, we didn't have to go far to be able to put skis on.


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Hey Bill Righter! This is how I'm training for the Pole Pedal Paddle. What are YOU doing???!!


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Overnight, we got about 4 inches of snow making for a great touring day around Trillium Lake.
Here is Natalia getting her skis ready for a workout.


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Nati, making HUGE speed down the slight slopes of the Trillium trail.


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Sadly, the snow coming down meant that we didn't get the great views that Bill and I did
HERE . But, the ski was still worth it.


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Natalia and I took turns pulling each other around in the sled. Here's Princess enjoying her tour.


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She thought this was entertaining.


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Yup, it's a good time running around with this thing.


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I'm all about reciprocity.


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MUSH!! MUSH!!!


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Someone had built a small quinzy that had started to crumble so Nati investigated closer.


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For more information about this great cabin, check out SUMMIT MEADOW CABINS . This
is the Falls Creek A-Frame cabin.


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In Natalia's defense here, she only fell once in 2 days on her skis. "But Paul, didn't you ski
for 3 days though??"


Bend, OR


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We then drove out to Bend to check out the newest McMenamin's hotel - The Old St Francis School.
Not surprisingly, Miss Lynn has a smile on her face when presented with good food.


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One of the highlights of this property is the beautiful and open-air Turkish bath. It's covered with
really nice tilework that's been painted into murals. You can actually stop in here without staying
the night and it's only $3.


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A little more of the main fountain in the centre of the cross-shaped pool.


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Looking up into the sky from the inside of the Turkish Bath. More on the McMenamin's properties
HERE and the Old St Francis School HERE .


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We then went skiing at Mt Bachelor and had one of the most glorious spring ski days I've ever had.


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Natalia, maybe considering a run up to the Summit??


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A view of the skiing protege with Mt Bachelor behind her. Just look at those stellar wedges!


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Looking across the valley to the Sisters and to Broken Top.


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Not a bad Spring Break, everything considered.


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This is Natalia in front of the tram in Portland, which, sadly, doesn't run on Sundays.


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Natalia and I took a walking tour of Alberta St in Portland's NE. This is a mural on a bike shop.


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Sign in the North East.


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One of the funniest signs I've seen in a while. Nice job MC Hammer!

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