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A Few of FR's Finest...Every Day...02-20-04...Oregon - "She Flies With Her Own Wings"
Mama_Bear

Posted on 02/20/2004 1:44:04 AM PST by Mama_Bear



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.
A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in need; and congratulate those deserving. We strive to keep our threads entertaining, fun, and pleasing to look at, and often have guest writers contribute an essay, or a profile of another FReeper.
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We're having fun and hope you are!

~ Billie, Mama_Bear, dansangel, dutchess, Aquamarine ~







Please join us as we make a cyber-visit to another great state in this Union of ours.

Over the past few months each "Finest" hostess has profiled her home state and I will be presenting the other states in random order. Please FReepMail me if you would like to participate in spotlighting your state. I would love to have your input on what you would like to see highlighted.

These are the states we have presented to date:

05-23-03 Alabama
06-27-03 Maryland
07-11-03 Vermont
07-25-03 Utah
08-05-03 Texas
08-22-03 Nevada
08-26-03 Wash DC
09-05-03 Tennessee
09-17-03 Florida
09-19-03 Minnesota
10-03-03 New Mexico
10-14-03 Georgia
10-17-03 Louisiana
10-22-03 Michigan
11-04-03 South Dakota
11-14-03 California

01-09-04 South Carolina
02-06-04 West Virginia

As we present each of our 50 states we also salute the proud FReepers who call their state 'home'.

Today we are traveling to the great
state Oregon, "The Beaver State".



















One hundred and fifty years ago,
this cry was heard throughout
the east and midwest....

"Free land in Oregon!"




The 2,000 mile long route that stretched from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City pointed the way west for an estimated 300,000 pioneers and settlers in the middle of the 19th century. What turned out to be the largest voluntary peacetime mass migration in human history was critical to America's history as it sought to become a nation that stretched from "sea to shining sea".

Tens of thousands of wagons in every description, rumbled along this dusty trail. Still visible in many places, the ruts remain as a silent testimony to those who struggled, suffered and died in pursuit of their dreams.





An Oregon-bound airline, in 1849? Don't laugh--it almost happened. Rufus Porter, founder of Scientific American, planned to fly pioneers to Oregon on propeller-driven balloons powered by steam engines. He advertised the endeavor, and 200 brave souls signed up for the trip. But the "airline" never got off the ground.

Then there was the wind wagon, a cross between a sailboat and a wagon. Because it can be very windy in the West, it seemed like a good idea on paper. A prototype was built, and for a brief moment it barreled across the plains at the advertised 15 miles per hour. Then it went out of control and crashed. The inventor, "Wind-Wagon Thomas," kept trying for years, but never succeeded.

Others took a more low-tech approach, making the trip with only a simple wheelbarrow. It's hard to imagine pushing a fully loaded wheelbarrow for 2,000 miles, but several dozen people tried. For a time, they could outpace everything on the Trail, but human endurance has its limits. It is uncertain whether any of them made it all the way.

Mormon handcarts were somewhat more sophisticated. Like wheelbarrows, they were human-powered, but handcarts were pulled, not pushed. Thousands of handcarts made it to Salt Lake City, Utah, but there is no record of anyone taking a handcart further west.




***Oregon State Facts and Trivia***


  • Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.


     
  • Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.
     
  • Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations.
     
  • Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.
     
  • Pilot Butte, a cinder cone volcano, exists within the city limits of Bend.
     
  • At 329 feet the Coast Douglas-Fir in Oregon is considered the tallest tree in the state.
     
  • At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.
     
  • The Columbia River gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing.


     
  • The hazelnut is Oregon's official state nut. Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut. The hazelnut is also known as the filbert.
     
  • Oregon's state birthday is on February 14, Valentine's Day.
     
  • The "Oregon Pioneer" statue that tops the capitol building in Salem is a work by Ulric Ellerhusen. This heroic figure represents the spirit of Oregon's early settlers.


     
  • In 1858 the richest gold find in the Cascade Mountains was discovered in the Bohemia Mining District at Sharp's Creek near Cottage Grove.
     
  • In 1876 the University of Oregon opened in Eugene. Deady Hall was the first building on campus and still exists.
     
  • In 1880 a sea cave was discovered near what is now known as Florence. Sea Lion Caves is known to be the largest sea cave in the world.
     
  • The nation's most photographed lighthouse is the Heceta Head Lighthouse located in Lane County.


     
  • Oregon's second highest waterfall is Salt Creek Falls in the Cascade Mountain range. It drops 286 feet.
     
  • Eugene is rated by "Bicycling Magazine" as one of the top ten cycling communities in the United States.
     
  • There are nine lighthouses standing along the coastline. Five are still being used; the others are designated historic monuments.
     
  • Portland is considered an example of outstanding urban planning. The city is known as The City of Roses.
     
  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and is formed in the remains of an ancient volcano.


     
  • High above the city of Portland the International Rose Test Garden features more than 500 varieties of roses cultivated continuously since 1917.
     
  • At 11,239 feet Mount Hood stands as the tallest peak in Oregon. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano.
     
  • Silver Falls State Park is the Oregon's largest state park. It features 10 waterfalls and contains a wide variety of forested hiking trails.
     
  • Discovered in 1874 the caves located in Oregon Caves National Monument are carved within solid marble.
     
  • Fort Clatsop National Memorial contains a replica of Lewis and Clark's 1805-1806 winter outpost.
     
  • In 1905 the largest long cabin in the world was built in Portland to honor the Lewis and Clark expedition.
     
  • A treaty between the United States and Spain established the current southern border between Oregon and California. The treaty was signed in 1819.
     
  • The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States.
     
  • Haystack Rock off Cannon Beach is 235 feet high and is the third largest coastal monolith in the world.


     
  • The Seaside Aquarium was the first facility in the world to successfully breed harbor seals in captivity.




There is much to see and do in this interesting state,
not the least of which is exploring the beautiful
and rugged Oregon coastline.












The following websites provided
historical information and graphics....

"Oregon - The Facts"
"The Oregon Trail"








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1 posted on 02/20/2004 1:44:05 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; Aquamarine; ..

If you would like to be added to or removed from the Finest ping list, FReepMail me.
2 posted on 02/20/2004 1:44:49 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
G'morning backatya, my friend :-)

(((((((((((((((Mama_Bear)))))))))))))))))

3 posted on 02/20/2004 1:45:59 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: All; Finest FRiends
I'll be back after the sun comes up. It's way past bedtime here.
4 posted on 02/20/2004 1:46:07 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: JohnHuang2
Mornin' 'Night ((((((((((John))))))))))). Happy FRiday to you!
5 posted on 02/20/2004 1:47:45 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Happy Friday to you, too! :-)
6 posted on 02/20/2004 1:57:05 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; The Mayor; SpookBrat; LadyX; Pippin; ...
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Friday !

7 posted on 02/20/2004 2:19:20 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: Mama_Bear
"The Beaver State" ...

Gee, Wally !

8 posted on 02/20/2004 2:24:06 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning Mama.


9 posted on 02/20/2004 2:26:59 AM PST by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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To: Mama_Bear
Good Morning FRiends, looks to be another beautiful mild day here in Memphis, cold front to bring rain in the evening.

Coffee's on


10 posted on 02/20/2004 3:26:00 AM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: GailA
Good morning.
11 posted on 02/20/2004 3:36:51 AM PST by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; ..
All were amazed and glorified God.


I bow, O Lord, before Your throne
In awed humility
When I reflect on who You are
And all You've done for me

Never measure God's unlimited power by your limited expectations

12 posted on 02/20/2004 4:43:08 AM PST by The Mayor (No service for Christ goes unnoticed by Him.)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; ..

February 20, 2004

Amazing!

Read: Mark 2:1-12

All were amazed and glorified God. —Mark 2:12

Bible In One Year: Leviticus 26-27; Mark 2


When Jesus healed a paralytic as proof of His authority to forgive the man's sins, the people who witnessed the event were amazed, and they "glorified God, saying, 'We never saw anything like this!'" (Mark 2:12). More than a dozen times in the gospel of Mark, we read accounts of people reacting in a similar way to the words and works of Jesus.

The word translated as "amazed" or "astonished" carries the meaning of "being thrown into a state of surprise or fear, or both." We may sometimes feel that way when we encounter Jesus Christ as we read God's Word. Like the disciples, we may be amazed when we read of Jesus saying, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" (10:23). So often we think that having lots of money would solve all our problems.

Those who saw a man delivered from a legion of demons reacted with amazement (5:20). But why? Did they think he was beyond God's power to save? Do we feel the same way when God saves certain people?

Jesus is not bound by our limitations or expectations. He speaks and acts with authority and wisdom far beyond ours. With reverence and awe, let's hear Jesus' words and look for the transforming touch of His mighty hand. —David McCasland

I bow, O Lord, before Your throne
In awed humility
When I reflect on who You are
And all You've done for me. —Sper

Never measure God's unlimited power by your limited expectations.

13 posted on 02/20/2004 4:45:42 AM PST by The Mayor (No service for Christ goes unnoticed by Him.)
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To: The Mayor
Jesus is not bound by our limitations or expectations. He speaks and acts with authority and wisdom far beyond ours.

Too often, we put Him in a box of our own design.....and then we are surprised that it never did fully encompass all of Him.

Good morning Mayor. Happy Friday.

14 posted on 02/20/2004 5:35:42 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: The Mayor; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; ...
Morning everybody!
15 posted on 02/20/2004 5:36:51 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Mama_Bear
You sure do work well in a pinch! Looks like your job is safe for now. lol

You made it so interesting and pretty to look at, I believe you're a pro. :)

16 posted on 02/20/2004 5:41:43 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: The Mayor
Good Morning The Mayor. Hope you have a good day. :)
17 posted on 02/20/2004 5:43:08 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine; nicmarlo
Morning !

<-------click here

I'm reading some great stuff about the Ark of the Covenant, rebuilding of the Temple, Sodom and Gomorrah etc....

18 posted on 02/20/2004 5:48:49 AM PST by The Mayor (No service for Christ goes unnoticed by Him.)
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To: nicmarlo
Good Morning Nic!
19 posted on 02/20/2004 6:00:28 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: The Mayor
That's an interesting site. Nice find.

Whenever I think about Sodom and Gomorrah I can't help but wonder why this country is still here...only by the grace of God.

20 posted on 02/20/2004 6:03:19 AM PST by Aquamarine
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To: Aquamarine
I said the same thing in another thread earlier this week.

We have turned into a giant Sodom and Gomorrah.

Like you said...............only by the grace of God.
21 posted on 02/20/2004 6:29:59 AM PST by The Mayor (No service for Christ goes unnoticed by Him.)
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To: Mama_Bear; All
Good morning Mama and everyone. It is a beautiful day in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I hope it isn't raining in Oregon.
22 posted on 02/20/2004 6:32:18 AM PST by Temple Owl
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To: Mama_Bear; dixie sass; LadyX; JohnHuang2; ohioWfan; Aquamarine; SpookBrat; dansangel; Billie; ...
Goooooood morning ya'll!! Happy FRiday. :)

Lori, lovely job on your Oregon feature. My favorite part was on Swallowtails which I've loved since my 7th grade drawing for science class.

The hazelnut is Oregon's official state nut. Oregon is the only state that has an official state nut. The hazelnut is also known as the filbert. But at the Finest we have many official nuts from numerous states!!!

Replies to yesterday's post--wish I could post individually but I've got a time crunch here at the office. Hopefully I can get back later...

ohioWfan I'm glad you listened to Billie's great suggestion to share Eric. Having a face to put on our soldiers makes this war even more personal and meaningful--we know who's fighting for us and who we're supporting. I think we are all so fortunate to have found a group of people who "get it", some from personal experience and others who are willing students. This is one of the things that makes America great! Maybe when Eric gets back you can have him visit with us and we can be "too nice" in person. :)

LadyX LOL Perfectly agreed Maggie! I wish I could sit next to you while you're reading and writing, what an experience, er...treat that would be. Hehehe.

Aquamarine OK but you'd better not let it happen again...or it's the perk walk for you! LOL.

ROFL!!! Pleeeeeeeease Brer Aqua, don't make me take the perk walk, I don't like coffee at all. *snicker snicker* I don't want to take the perp walk either so I'll try really hard not to be absent so long. :)

dixie sass Helloooo there Sassy! :)

John You're welcome :) :) LOL

ALL I've missed everybody and been thinking about ya'll lots. Have a wonderful day and a terrific weekend just in case I don't make it back.

23 posted on 02/20/2004 6:54:00 AM PST by Donaeus (...In spite of all the lies that some may hurl, CHRIST is the only hope of all the world...)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Hiya Meekie. The Beaver (Cleaver) State. LOL. That's cute. :-)
24 posted on 02/20/2004 8:00:44 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear; Billie
Oregon, where God Spent His Quality time. :-)
25 posted on 02/20/2004 8:03:37 AM PST by SAMWolf (Contrary to popular belief Hamas has nothing to do with ham. If you throw ham at them they get angry)
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To: Aeronaut
Mornin' Aeronaut. Sharp plane you're flying there. Have I told you how much I really, really would like to go up in a jet like that? What a thrill of a lifetime that would be!
26 posted on 02/20/2004 8:05:05 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
hehe ! I couldn't resist that.

June: Ward, have you seen The Beaver ? ...

Ward: Why, no dear. I haven't seen The Beav since early this morning.


27 posted on 02/20/2004 8:08:01 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: All; Mama_Bear; Billie; dansangel; bevlar; WVNan; mountaineer; ohioWfan; DollyCali; The Mayor; ...
Outstanding thread MB. Thanks for its beauty and info!

Frolicky Friday greetings to everyone!

bev, don't miss this thread about your wonderful home state.

28 posted on 02/20/2004 8:16:57 AM PST by Molly Pitcher
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To: SAMWolf
Oregon, where God Spent His Quality time. :-)

I can believe that! Some beautiful country you have up there. The only part of Oregon that I have seen is what can be seen from a car window traveling up Route 5. The Grants Pass area and Rouge River is just beautiful - actually it all is.

Someday I would like to travel up 101. That must be a beautiful drive along the coast. Also want to see Crater Lake.

29 posted on 02/20/2004 8:17:33 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: GailA
Good morning, Gail. I love that watermelon bear! You find bears that I have never seen before.....and I thought I had seen them all by now. LOL.

Thank you for this one and for the one you posted a couple days ago. I appreciate each one that you pass on to me. :-)
30 posted on 02/20/2004 8:22:09 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: The Mayor
Never measure God's unlimited power by your limited expectations

Excellent advice. Thank you, Rus, for all you do and all you bring to the Finest.

Wishing you a great FRiday!

31 posted on 02/20/2004 8:25:58 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: nicmarlo
Good morning, nic! Always nice to see you here at the Finest. :-)

You have a beautiful Friday.

32 posted on 02/20/2004 8:29:01 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Haven't been to Crater Lake yet. 101 is a beautiful drive! If you get the chance go through the Gorge.


33 posted on 02/20/2004 8:43:39 AM PST by SAMWolf (Contrary to popular belief Hamas has nothing to do with ham. If you throw ham at them they get angry)
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To: Aquamarine
You sure do work well in a pinch! Looks like your job is safe for now. lol

LOL. *YOU*, sistah, are responsible for there even being a Finest thread today! I just can't thank you enough for asking me if I was posting another state today. And I can't believe how I had misread the schedule! "Skimming" over something when I am in a rush is a really bad habit. (I've been told I don't listen all that well either.) :-(

How embarrassing it would have been to have had NO Finest post today! People would have been wandering around lost, forlorn and thread-less. And I surely would have been booted out of the Sista'hood.

Thanks so much for offering to help me out of the bind that I found myself in and for sending me those Oregon links.

((((((((hugs))))))))) to one of the nicest people I know. :-)

34 posted on 02/20/2004 8:47:05 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Wonderful presentation, Mama_Bear!

Everything is perfect. Lots of interesting information, and the graphics and color scheme are just right.

I only wish the other hostesses could do half as good a job.

Did I say it the way you wanted me to? I hope this doesn't get you in trouble.

:-)

35 posted on 02/20/2004 8:52:48 AM PST by The Thin Man
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To: The Thin Man
Did I say it the way you wanted me to? I hope this doesn't get you in trouble.

Perfect, just as we rehearsed it. ;-) LOL!

36 posted on 02/20/2004 8:59:39 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Temple Owl
Good morning to you, Temple Owl.

I hope it isn't raining in Oregon.

Well, it probably is. It's about the greenest state I have ever seen. Did you see the photo that SAMWolf posted, #33? Isn't that beautiful?

37 posted on 02/20/2004 9:06:58 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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Lori, lovely job on your Oregon feature.

Awwww.......thank you, Donaeus.

It's a lovely state and I find the stories about the history of the area very interesting. When I started researching Oregon I got caught up in the Diaries and Memoirs of some of the first people to travel the Oregon Trail. A fascinating glimpse into the day to day lives of some very brave and tough people.

38 posted on 02/20/2004 9:18:02 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear

39 posted on 02/20/2004 9:21:22 AM PST by FreeTheHostages
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To: Molly Pitcher
Frolicky Friday greetings to everyone!

"Frolicky Friday" - I love it! LOL

Thanks for frolicking through Oregon with us, Molly. Have a great day!

40 posted on 02/20/2004 9:22:57 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
WOO HOO!
Oregon!!!

This is about 3 miles from me.
Bandon OR Ocean webcam.
41 posted on 02/20/2004 9:26:27 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops, Past and Present)
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To: SAMWolf
That's a beautiful photo, SAM! I can see that we need to experience more of Oregon. The Gorge is just beath-taking.

When would you say is the best time of year to visit Oregon? Do you have a non-rainy - or less-rainy season?

42 posted on 02/20/2004 9:27:11 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
Where I spend every Thur.




43 posted on 02/20/2004 9:30:30 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops, Past and Present)
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To: Mama_Bear
It's nice all year round, but Summer (Middle of June through September) is the best if you're trying to miss the rain.

Lake Trillium, Mt Hood National Forest

44 posted on 02/20/2004 9:33:27 AM PST by SAMWolf (Contrary to popular belief Hamas has nothing to do with ham. If you throw ham at them they get angry)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Hiya Tonk! I was just about to hail you over here.

When I was Googling for Oregon info, I came across so many pictures of the coastline near Bandon and thought of you and how fortunate you are to live in such beautiful country.

Thanks for coming by and for posting the webcam for us. It's sorta, almost like being there. :-)

45 posted on 02/20/2004 9:34:46 AM PST by Mama_Bear (Lori)
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To: Mama_Bear
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46 posted on 02/20/2004 9:34:50 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops, Past and Present)
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To: Mama_Bear
I'm about 3 miles from that webcam!
47 posted on 02/20/2004 9:36:08 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops, Past and Present)
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To: Mama_Bear
Hi Lori. BEAUTIFUL job today. Looks like you worked on it for weeks rather than hours! I thought I was well traveled but...sigh another state I have yet to visit!

I'm sitting here anxiously awaiting my package. Feel like the little kid in the Music Man waiting for the "Wells Fargo Wagon" :o)
48 posted on 02/20/2004 9:37:50 AM PST by dutchess
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To: Mama_Bear
   Port of Coos Bay    Port of Bandon

49 posted on 02/20/2004 9:42:57 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops, Past and Present)
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