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Posted 3/3/10
if i lived there i'd hunt lol
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Posted 3/4/10
Yes, on my way to Seattle.
Posted 3/4/10
Portland isn't bad, been living here over a year and enjoyed it.
Posted 3/7/10
I have family in Oregon. But I've never been there.
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Posted 3/7/10
I grew up in Oregon, just north of Portland. Everything is gorgeously green, the air and water are clean, it's beautiful. If you go east of the mountains, it dries out a lot; the eastern 2/3 of the state is pretty bare, and the last quarter or so before you get to Idaho is extremely dry with very little population (although there are archaeologists out there in the fossil beds from time to time).

The coast offers several things, from general touristy shopping and sights (Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, saltwater taffy, etc.), to the creamery in Tillamook, where you can sit and eat fresh ice cream and sample cheeses and buy a ton of local, great things. There's a sort of air museum in Tillamook also, a giant hanger filled with historical aircraft. Farther down the coast, the attractions kind of peter out and you just have sleepy peaceful coastal towns. And a lot of the names you'll find around the state are heavily influenced by the Native American tribes that live, or used to live, in the area. Don't be surprised if you can't pronounce them; the locals won't be surprised either, and don't mind explaining :)

There are, of course, several landmark historical sites, forts and whatnot, usually Oregon Trail-related, throughout the northwest area of the state. Plus windsurfing is popular in the valley, where you can also see a lot of breathtaking waterfalls (obviously not in exactly the same places!). I highly recommend seeing an Omnimax show at OMSI, the science museum in Portland (where you can also tour the submarine that was used in (I believe) Hunt for Red October): it's like IMAX, only on a big dome of a screen all around you, instead of just a big flat one in front. If you like IMAX, you will love Omnimax. They even have the projection booth displayed where you can see, so you can discover just how big the film reels are and see how much work it takes to project images of that scope and quality.

The local burger chain, Burgerville, is delicious, and they use real local cheddar cheese. Plus, of course, Starbucks *everywhere* in metro areas, and of course the previously mentioned hippies and focus on healthy eating and recycling. The economy isn't doing too well there right now, and things are kind of expensive, so plan for that if you intend to visit. And then, of course, Mt Hood if you want to ski (although I don't know how late into the year the ski season runs), and if you want to make a trip up into Washington you can visit Mt St Helens and see how it's recovering since the huge explosion in 1980. Be a good driver for that one, though: it gets a little nerve-wracking sometimes.

And if you'd like a little tidbit of trivia.. Oregon and Washington are the only two states in the US to have approved doctor-assisted suicide. The regulations and requirements are pretty strict, obviously, you can't just go kill yourself. But if your doctor agrees there is just cause (terminal illness, really, is the only reason that will qualify), you can, and it's entirely legal. I think they're also making steps towards socializing health care, but I've been out of state so long I'm not sure how that's going.

I sound like a brochure, I guess, but that's my take on my home state. Hopefully it's helpful to somebody
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Posted 3/7/10 , edited 3/7/10
OREGON FTW! :DDD

I lived there for a little while when I was little and it's my fav! Most of my family lives out there! But right now i'm stuck on the east coast. DDDDDD: not as awesome as Oregon. My grandparents live down the road from a farm that has a zebra, an armadillo, and an alpaca on it. And my brother and his wife used to live down the road from a wombat farm LOL
Posted 3/8/10
I've been there. It's a mostly clean, volcanic, sewer of drug abuse much like Washington.
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