You can’t be in Oregon, especially not this side of Oregon without developing a very intimate relationship with rain. It reminds me of an encounter I had last year while walking Polly right here at Armitage County Park in Eugene, OR. It was raining, of course, so I huddled up in my waterproof gear and forced myself outside. Halfway through my wet walk I met a young gentleman w/ pooch and struck up a conversation.
“How about this rain” I observed, stating the obvious (my many years in England having honed this approach as the perfect conversation starter)
“What rain?” replied the guy rather puzzled “Oh this…” he dismissed, waving his hand around in the steady downpour ”This isn’t rain. Noooo, you ain’t seen rain yet” he added, with a knowing chuckle
As they say the Eskimos may have 100 words for snow, but that don’t compare nothin’ to the Oregonians spectacularly broad view of rain. We came to understand the gentleman as we travelled along the OR coast last year and we were happily re-introduced as we entered Eugene last week-end. This is Western Orgeon baby and if you ain’t prepared for rain, you ain’t prepared to be here.
But there’s a beautiful side to all this too. It is GREEN here, and by green I mean deep, luscious, thick, sweet-smelling über-rainbows of green. If you’re patient and wait for the weather to break you’ll be rewarded with brilliant bursts of aroma and color. It’s almost like seeing sunlight for the first time after a long winter…the earth is vibrantly alive and you soak it all up like a long, beautiful kiss.
We’ve been hanging in our favorite County Park, huddling inside during the downpours and speeding out to take advantage of the breaks. Eugene is a great little university town with excellent outdoor hiking/biking (our fav hike is the scenic 5-mile Spencer Butte), a fabulous weekly Farmer’s Market and some pretty cool restaurants (this time around we sampled Belly thanks to a tip from our RV friend Jil -> great local restaurant!). It’s also a popular RV crossroads. Our blogging buddies Where’s Weaver recently passed through here (we just missed them!) and local part-timers Travels In Therapy came out to the rig for an afternoon chat (great to meet you guys!).
Oh and the other thing about OR weather is that it’s the perfect place to figure out if you have any leaks in the rig. One of the many reasons we come to Eugene is to take advantage of the excellent RV services in the area, especially our outstanding friends at Elite RV Repair. We’ve got a few things going on with them that I’ll write about in another post.
But in the meantime we’re taking advantage of the indoor time and making the most of those rare outdoor moments. It may be the end of spring in Western Oregon, but the weather is only just beginning!