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Old 03-16-2015, 07:20 PM   #29
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Holy Smoke ......

..... after 29 terrific posts I'm beginning to get a vague impression that there might be a fuzzy but statistically valid sentiment just starting to bubble to the surface here .....

..... like maybe Oregon just might be a good place to go see?

Looks like the Bambi might need a graphic for the trip ......

..... "OREGON OR BUST!"

Thanks! - one more time!


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Old 03-16-2015, 07:39 PM   #30
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Jay, just remember, it's always raining here. We don't tan, we rust. Native Oregonians have webbed feet. ;-)
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:21 PM   #31
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RIGHT! Why do you think that the U of O athletic teams are referred to as 'The Ducks' (quack!)
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:55 PM   #32
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Holy Smoke ......

..... after 29 terrific posts I'm beginning to get a vague impression that there might be a fuzzy but statistically valid sentiment just starting to bubble to the surface here .....

..... like maybe Oregon just might be a good place to go see?

Looks like the Bambi might need a graphic for the trip ......

..... "OREGON OR BUST!"

Thanks! - one more time!


Jay

Hi, Oregon is such a good place to see, that we moved hear last year.
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Old 03-17-2015, 12:46 PM   #33
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Yes, thanks for a very helpful thread. Chock full of details and good planning tips.
I'm both more interested in all there is to see and do there, and concerned about access to the popular coastal parks in peak summer season.

I may have to actually try to plan dates at certain places to make reservations.
This is tough for me when just roaming around exploring is more my style when checking out a new area.

Great input here, thanks! I'm excited about the PNW.

John, your Stubby is truly impressive. And set up to be very versital. I appreciate the story of racing one week then showing it successfully a few weeks later, well done. I may hit you up for some good driving road tips once in your area.

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Old 03-17-2015, 01:11 PM   #34
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Yes it is doable, we did a lot of research on Oregon and Washington before we went, and we chose May because it's before school lets out and the rain is tapering off. After August the rain will become more frequent, but even with the rain it's not bad because it's more of a mist, can be constant, but you can still get out and do things.

Also depends on where in Oregon you go, Portland area is obviously going to be busier that the smaller towns. The coast line is the best, and if you want to visit the more touristy spots go during the weekdays. In May it wasn't bad at all. If you have time our favorite place is Olympic Forest in Washington. The rain forest is amazing. It where I could live forever and plan too, eventually.
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:37 PM   #35
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Oregon is much larger than most believe. Here are some statistics: Combine the square miles of Ohio, Pennsylvania, RI, and Delaware and you would need another 3,000 square miles to reach the 98,000 square mile area of Oregon. Now if you take into account the population of just under 4 million and subtract the 2.3 million that live in the Portland Metro area, you have about 91,000 square miles with only 1.7 million people. That is the population of the Indianapolis metro area spread out over an area larger than Ohio & Pennsylvania combined. A lot of room to spread your elbows!
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Lots of great advice here! My husband and I are always saying we need to spend time in our own states because there are touristy things we haven't done in OR and WA yet. We're always so eager to travel somewhere else!

You'll find OR (and WA) are kind of 'best kept secrets'. We try to scare you off with the rain, but it's actually very mild here. It is stunningly beautiful. The west side is green and the east side is brown, which has it's own beauty. There is room enough for everyone, though the most popular places might get a little crowded on a sunny weekend, I think our idea of crowded might differ from those in more populated areas!

Be sure to head North and visit Mt St Helens while you're here. It's worth the side trip.
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Still Oregon...















And that's just a small selection from my IG feed.
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Exactly what I was thinking. Crowded is relative. I think back east is crowded even on its slowest day.
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Oregon is much larger than most believe. Here are some statistics: Combine the square miles of Ohio, Pennsylvania, RI, and Delaware and you would need another 3,000 square miles to reach the 98,000 square mile area of Oregon. Now if you take into account the population of just under 4 million and subtract the 2.3 million that live in the Portland Metro area, you have about 91,000 square miles with only 1.7 million people. That is the population of the Indianapolis metro area spread out over an area larger than Ohio & Pennsylvania combined. A lot of room to spread your elbows!

After reading this thread (informative-yes), I'm afraid things are about to change in Oregon. Instead of wagons heading west over the Oregon Trail, I see convoys of Airstreams making their way to a promise land. I love Oregon, and everything about it and I hope it never changes. More than that I hope that on my trip their again this fall I see only Airstreamers camping and the same beautiful uncluttered, uncrowded, campgrounds, beaches, lakes, forests and streams as my last visit👏. So shhhh don't be telling everyone... This is a special place. ✌️Click image for larger version

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And that's just a small selection from my IG feed.
I recognize all of them except this one. Is that the Wallowas?
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I recognize all of them except this one. Is that the Wallowas?
Yup, we tried to go up Devil's Canyon, but got turned around because of snow.
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Pam and I love to take day trips into the Willamette Valley in September. So much to see and do. Great fresh fruit and vegetable stands and every town have farmers markets. We love to take the old highways 99E and 99W and any other highways south of eugene staying off of I-5 so much to see but at a nice slow pace.
We love other areas as much there is so much diversity in Oregon you will not be disappointed.
Even if you decide to visit Portland, just stay aways out and drive in to town for a visit. A very nice city for food and fun.
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