Oh sure, I bet you think this is a sappy lovey-dovey post - and it is, just not for Valentine's Day. Today is the 158th anniversary of Oregon's statehood. The state motto? "Alis volat propriis" - "She Flies With Her Own Wings."
I do love this state - and I've had a few places to compare to. I was born in Virginia, grew up in Massachusetts, moved to South Carolina for 7 years, lived for a year in Seattle - so I KNOW I belong in Portland, OR, The City of Roses.
My part of the state is, according to climatologists, a rainforest.
It's so lush and verdant (there's your big word for the day!) We have humid-free summers, temperate winters (although this one has been a rude reminder of New England life). The people are nice, even for a big city.
Within 90 minutes, I can be at the coast to the west...
or a snowy mountain top to the east... This is Timberline Lodge. Look familiar? It served as the exterior for The Overlook Hotel from Kubrick's The Shining. Yes, Oregon is THAT cool.