The State of Oregon . . . She Flies With Her Own Wings

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Commonwealth Lake ParkThe State of Oregon . . . She Flies With Her Own Wings

The State of Oregon is home since I relocated here in July 1990.  The state's motto:  "She Flies With Her Own Wings" couldn't be more befitting to me.

Oregon is known for many things . . . mainly trees, rain, and the great Pacific NW outdoor activities.  

Since living here, I've been to many places including the Oregon Coast, the inland areas which are actually "high desert" in geography, topography and nature . . . and to the areas' vast forested regions.

Oregon's geography is split roughly into eight areas:

  • Oregon Coast— running north/south of the Pacific Ocean, with 363 miles of coastline.  The Oregon Coast is divided into three regions:  the North Coast, the Central Coast and the South Coast.
  • Willamette Valley - This is where I live.  It's the most populated region in Oregon and is located in the state's NW corner.  We're surrounded by tall mountin ranges to the east, west and south.  The Columbia River is to the north (dividing Oregon from Washington state.) 
  • Rogue Valley - is a farming and timber producing region in the southwestern part of the state.
  • Cascade Mountains -is a large mountain range and is included in the Pacific Rim of Fire
  • Klamath Mountains - this is a series of mountain ranges bordering Northern California and Southern Oregon.  The Siskyous, Shastas, Trinity Alps.
  • Columbia River Plateau - is a flood basalt plateau between the Cascade Range which cuts through Oregon, Washington and Idaho by the Columbia River.
  • Oregon Outback -  is the high desert basin and range making up the central southern portion of the state.
  • Blue Mountains (ecoregion) - this ecoregion extends from the Redmond area of Central Oregon, across a wide swath of the Columbia Plateau in Eastern Oregon, to Hells Canyon on the Snake River.


From protected lands under the Blue Mountain ecoregion, to farmlands and wineries in the Willamette Valley, to the high desert ranges, to the rugged mountain ranges, to the Oregon Coast . . . we have it all!  

Hiking in the desert, snowboarding up on Mt. Hood (which is one of the few YEAR ROUND skiing resorts in the nation), surfing the ocean, sailboarding on the Columbia, fishing just about anywhere . . . Oregon is truly a beautiful state to visit and/or live.  

Here's one of my favorite parks in the area I live (see above photo).  Commonwealth Lake Park is a man-made lake in the heart of Cedar Hills (a suburb to Portland and very residential)

. . . and you CAN FISH HERE too!!

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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Carla, There is a lot of great information here about the geography of Oregon. The man-made lake in your favorite park, Commonwealth Lake Park reminds me of my favorite local park which also has a man-made lake.  Another similarity between us

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Oct 16, 2013 10:28 AM #1
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

What a great love letter to Oregon, Carla. I have only been to Portland, but I know it is a beautiful State.

Oct 16, 2013 10:42 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

"And you can fish"  That would be good enough for me if I was heading your direction.


Oct 16, 2013 10:57 AM #3
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Carla-The varied scenery is something to be admired. Not every state has such options within a days drive of most residents.

Oct 16, 2013 11:11 AM #4
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Hi Kathleen . . . I'm sure it's beautiful too!

Hey Jane -- it's very diverse, a mini-me Cali . . . we have the deserts, farmland, forests, skiing, similiar but scaled down.

Hi William -- thanks for your comment, and come visit when the salmon run!! 

Hey Wayne . . . you can get to the coast in an hour from Portland . . . OR . . . you can go skiing about an hour the other direction.  You can go to the high desert, about an hour from Portland too!  

Oct 16, 2013 11:54 AM #5
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Carla - Oregon is simply beautiful, period.  Portland is a gem and the Cascade mountains are breathtaking.  You are lucky to live in a pristine State!

Oct 16, 2013 12:22 PM #6
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

I recently found out that I've been mispronouncing Willamette Valley all these years.  By the way, you make some fabulous Pinot Noirs over there in your part of the world.

Oregon sounds beautiful, Carla ... it's on my list of places to visit!

Oct 16, 2013 12:45 PM #7
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I would have never in my life guessed there was desert basin.  I love learning new stuff.

Oct 16, 2013 12:48 PM #8
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens REALTOR®/Associate Broker

Carla - no doubt about it, that part of the country is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. 

Oct 16, 2013 11:37 PM #9
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

You had me googling why did they choose the motto "she flies with her own wings" 

very powerful statement for women. . fitting you perfectly .. . 

Alis volat propriis

Oct 16, 2013 11:50 PM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Love the motto....powerful and descriptive...not surprised that you chose to call this place your home ...they must have known you were coming !

Oct 17, 2013 09:03 PM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I forgot Oregon's state motto-shame on me. Lovely isn't it? You've done a wonderful job showcasing Oregon - and it's many faces.

" She flies with her own wings."  ( Somehow, "Put a bird on it," makes a bit more sense now.) Hahaha.

Oct 18, 2013 06:24 AM #12
Terri Woods
Benton, Linn and Douglas Counties - Days Creek, OR
Selling Homes and Land in Oregon

Carla - You did a great job in describing Oregon. I also sell in Corvallis and especially right now with the wonderful beautiful fall leaves, it makes me want to spend lots of time outdoors. (Until the rain comes...). :) Have a great weekend.

Oct 18, 2013 07:37 AM #13
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

@ Debb -- OMIGOSH that is funny!  Yes, put a bird on it . . . the whole dang state!!

Oct 18, 2013 12:32 PM #14
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Carla, it sounds like Oregon has everything I love -- I'm hoping to make a trip to visit the region sometime in the near future!

Oct 22, 2013 10:26 AM #15
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