The 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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