Summer Adventure 2011

It’s hard to believe my summer started over a month ago. I have to be back to studying in two months! I need to cram as much fun and relaxation as possible into these two months.

So what does a med student like myself do with a summer off? Research, shadowing, work? Nah, not for me, at least nothing too substantial. After a nine months of studying I need an adventure, so that’s what my wife and I are doing. IMG_0699

We road tripping throughout the west side of the country, planning on seeing as many national parks as possible. Right now we’re hanging out in Portland for a few days, but soon we will leave for Crater Lake, the Redwoods, Yosemite and beyond. It’s going to be awesome.

Other than that I’m going to spend the summer seeing friends and family, reading, writing (like that e-book I talked about) and biking. Here are the books on my reading list so far:

Finish Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. I think I started this book last fall, so it has taken me about a year to finish. Dense reading at times but so far it is worth it. The book is a fascinating attempt at reconciling art and science. That description does not do the book justice.

The Children’s Hospital by Chris Adrian. I listened to an interview with Adrian on NPR and was intrigued.

The Pearl by John Steinbeck. I’ve read a lot of Steinbeck, but not this one.

Hopefully I’ll finish a few more besides these.

Here are a few pictures from the travels we’ve done already:

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Dog Mountain near Portland:

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Ahh, summer is great! What are your plans?

4 thoughts on “Summer Adventure 2011”

  1. Reading a ton here also since I didn’t land any internships this summer. Starting East of Eden, Steinbeck.

  2. I wish I would have seen your post earlier! I did this same trip last summer and it was GRAND!!! Hope you’re maxing your relaxing! 😉

  3. Those are beautiful pictures, almost forgot what the sky looks like. I plan on chillin in my cave on my computer all summer. Sweet sweet air conditioning.

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