You Might Be From Eugene, Oregon If ...

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 You Might Be From Eugene, Oregon If:


Eugene, OregonYou enjoy fishing, but have to decide which of the 65+ places in Lane County you should visit to drop your line in the water.

You're either a University of Oregon Duck fan or an Oregon State University Beaver fan, but never both.

You look forward to opening day of Saturday Market, the oldest outdoor craft market in the United States.  You either have a booth there to sell your handmade items or you visit the Park Blocks in downtown Eugene to shop, eat great food, and enjoy entertainment by local musicians.  You return as often as you can on Saturdays during the spring, summer, and fall to see what's new and show out-of-town visitors.

You visit the Lane County Farmers Market adjacent to the Saturday Market and buy locally grown produce, grains, plants, flowers or farm-raised pork, chicken, and beef.

You swing by "the Whit" west of downtown Eugene to have a craft beer at Ninkasi, Cajun food at Papa's Soul Food Kitchen, handcrafted pizza at Pizza Research Institute, and experience what life in a neighborhood that still retains a 60's vibe is like.

Your regular greeting and farewell to friends, family, and strangers is "Go Ducks" (for the hometown University of Oregon football team).

You know which city in the entire country is best for hippies.

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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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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sounds like great fun to me!  We have a "Whit" in the area too, but ours is a stadium.

Apr 24, 2015 12:01 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Rick.  One of the beautiful parts of this great land.  Eugene is a very special place.

Apr 27, 2015 08:41 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

You sure know how to make us want to visit Eugene. You have plenty of reasons to be proud!

Apr 29, 2015 12:10 AM #3
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Rick, I think I missed the hippie days (not realizing they were still a force);

but now I'm really confused, because Esther tells me I should be in

Central Orgeon.

I noticed neither of you suggested how I pronounce the name of your state.

Apr 30, 2015 04:10 AM #4
Rick Obst
Eugene, OR

Claude Labbe, I mention the correct pronunciation of Oregon in a comment I left on another contest entry of mine - You Might Be From Lane County, Oregon If ...  that kicked this contest off.  It hurts my ears whenever anyone says "Ore-Gone". :)

Apr 30, 2015 04:25 AM #5
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life that I read the comments, I see.

If somehow I can tag Esther in my prior comment, I'll get back to ensure that's done right.

You all do speak a little strange out there though, right? Or, the rest of us do.

Apr 30, 2015 04:40 AM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Sounds like a pretty cool place.....

Apr 30, 2015 10:21 AM #7
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Well, Rick that last line pretty well summed it up, I'd say. We have relatives there and they drove to Orygun in a giant bus and he's a worm farmer. I dunno what she does, she was always going back to school--the consummate student--and yes, diehard hippie-dippies!!

May 01, 2015 12:18 PM #8
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
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Congratulations on going over a MIL Rick Obst .  I have been a Ducks Fan because of MARCUS!

May 04, 2015 11:43 AM #9
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Great post about Eugene. Was just there again for Mother's Day. Visited the King Estates winery, absolutely amazing and what a gorgeous place!

May 18, 2015 07:01 AM #10
Rick Obst
Eugene, OR

Sharon Paxson , welcome back to Eugene.  King Estates Winery is impressive to visit.  You should experience some of the other wineries in our area too.  Each one is different and their wines are unique.  Oregon's Willamette Valley is justly known for its pinot gris and pinot noir.

May 18, 2015 07:27 AM #11
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Rick Obst ,  It sounds like Eugene, OR is a great place to call home.  I think I landed there once in the middle of the night, on my way to Myrtle Creek and Orangeburg, OR

Jun 12, 2015 07:44 AM #12
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

I noticed you haven't posted on Active Rain for a while and was wondering if all is OK?  Come back to the 'Rain!

Oct 25, 2015 10:57 PM #13
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