After decades of living in this state, it is easy to become jaded to the many benefits of citizenship to this unique chunk of the Pacific Northwest. Here in the Willamette Valley, we are an hour’s drive from some of the most rugged and undeveloped coastline in the U.S. Gorgeous waterfalls and clear streams are everywhere, small family farms offering everything and anything that grows in our rich valley soil are a stone’s throw. And we are a close drive to an epic mountain, Mt. Hood, and all of the winter and summer activities that it offers. High desert, deep canyonlands, world-class rock climbing, world-class kayaking, volcanic lakes, charming towns, breweries, wineries. . . you name it, we’ve got it.
In upcoming posts I’m going to delve more deeply into some of my favorite places here in Oregon, starting with a special place just up the road: Silver Falls State Park. Stay tuned!