The Truth is Out Now - I’m Having a Love Affair with Eugene!

Eugene, Oregon

I’m in the midst of an intense love affair with Eugene.  I’m not ashamed of it and want the world to know the truth: I love living in Eugene, Oregon!  My wife and I moved here over seven years ago without knowing a single person in the entire state.  Today, we can’t imagine living anywhere else.

 

Why do we have such an affinity for our chosen home?  To paraphrase Shakespeare, let us count the ways:

 

  •  Lots of fresh air and clean water
  •  An abundance of trees and the ability to grow almost everything but cacti.
  •  Four mild seasons, with lots of tulips and daffodils in spring and trees awash in color in the fall.
  • Lots of friendly people.  It’s almost impossible to walk down the street or visit a store without enjoying conversations with strangers.
  • Rush hours that may delay me for five minutes on a bad day.
  • Lots of local farms and farmers markets with fresh and organic produce available.
  • Lots of local wineries to take friends and family.  Many wineries even allow us to bring our own food.  There’s nothing like a picnic at Sweet Cheeks or Sarver Winery.
  • A drive in any direction leads us to spectacular scenery and outdoor opportunities.
  • We’re only an hour’s drive west to the justly famous Oregon Coast.
  • We’re only an hour’s drive east to the Cascade Mountains, and its rivers, lakes, forests, waterfalls, hot springs, old growth trees, and skiing.
  • We’re only an hour’s drive away from the beautiful and peaceful McKenzie River Valley.  This river is the source of Eugene’s drinking water and has been tested as some of the cleanest in the nation.
  • We’re less than an hour’s drive away from seeing the most concentrated collection of covered bridges west of the Mississippi.
  • It’s the home of the University of Oregon Ducks, the recent Rose Bowl winners.  The University is a big employer, but also brings a college town feel and energy.
  • Autzen Stadium holds about 1/3 of Eugene’s population on Game Day and is one of the most feared stadiums for visiting teams to play in.  We love our Ducks and aren’t afraid to show it.  The stadium has been selling out long before the football team consistently won its games.
  • Eugene is known as Track Town USA, and for good reason.  The famous Steve (Pre) Prefontaine ran here in the 1970s.  Hayward Field is considered to be a shrine for track and field athletes.  The 2008 USA Olympic track and field team was selected here and the 2012 team will be selected here this summer.
  • A nicely dressed businessman and a heavily tattooed and pierced teenager with purple hair could be sitting at a table together having a quiet conversation and no one would look twice.
  • Drivers will stop in the road to allow a waiting car to enter traffic.
  • The amount of artistic talent living here is mind boggling.
  • There is a very strong sense of community and people are proud and protective of this place.
  • We hosted a visiting scholar from Brazil who had only been in Eugene for a few days.  He remarked that he sensed Eugene had a soul and was a special place to be.  

I feel that way myself.  I could go on and on about why I love living in Eugene, Oregon, but you get the idea.

 

 

Eugene, Oregon from Hendricks Park

 

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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.

 

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