It's about three weeks from when I arrived in
Oregon and two weeks since I got here to and I can say that I think I'm starting to get used to my life here. This is not just a place that I am visiting; it is my home for the summer. Every day I discover something new about Newport . My senses are heightened and I keep scanning, scanning, scanning for the next new piece of interesting/ exciting information. Oregon
One of the things that I've noticed is the rather large logging presence here. It seems like everywhere I turn there's a lumber yard, logging truck, or tree clearing. Last week I went scouting for sites up the estuary for my internship. Up the road about 20 minutes we entered the small town of
Toledo, . View Larger Map The main industry in the town is a paper mill. I was in awe as we drove passed the immense piles of wood chips awaiting their fate to be driven into the factory as a pile of wood and out as a pile of paper. The sweet smell of the paper mill drew me in; I'd love to get a tour of the place this summer. I am often conflicted by logging because on one hand I see jobs and homes and paper, while on the other hand I see habitats lost and a barren land on top of a hill that eerily reminds me of the destruction from the F4 tornadoes that came close to my hometown in Oregon a few short weeks ago. At the very least, I think the loggers should be required to replant the forest instead of leaving it desolate atop a once green hill which it seems like they are doing already. Massachusetts
|Kites flying in Lincoln City, Oregon|
coast is known for glassblowing and kite flying. At the farmers markets here I notice the sweet smell of strawberries at what seems like every other stand. Oregon
|Enjoying my pear cider at Nana's Irish Pub|
|Sara Duncan - Drift Creek Falls|
Saturday, we finally headed to the hike that I’ve been wanting to do in
Lincoln City called . As I said in my first blog, waterfalls are one of my favorite things about Drift Creek Falls . This was a short three mile round trip hike though the lush green forests of Oregon Western Oregon. We heard the rush of the water fall as we approached the suspension bridge that crossed over the waterfall. Hiking is one of my favorite activities. In it is especially majestic. The smell of the trees, the sound of the birds, the touch of the cool air on my skin, and the sight of the fertile forests of the northwest entices my senses. I feel spoiled by the beauty of Oregon Oregon’s waterfalls because I was not nearly as impressed by this waterfall as I have been by some of the other ones in haha. But it was still beautiful by no means. One of my goals for the summer: visit five new waterfalls! Oregon-
Shop! Shop! Shop!
Since we were in
for the hike, we went up to town to eat lunch and partake in some old fashioned Goodwill shopping. We stopped at a fish n’ chips place and I tried the halibut. The fish melted in my mouth. I loved it and I will definitely be indulging on it again before I leave. After lunch we went up to Goodwill where I was finally able to find some warm sweaters! Before we left Lincoln City , we stopped for some Tillamook ice cream and went to the beach to see some kite flying. Lincoln City is such a fun little town, sometimes I wish that I was interning up there- I guess I have to stay where the estuary is. Lincoln City is extremely beautiful too, so I can’t complain! Newport
A few days ago I went shopping at Fred Meyer. For those of you back home who don’t know what that is, I would describe it as an upscale grocery store paired with a nicer Sears. Since I didn’t own any shoes, I was able to pick up two pairs from clearance. I also found the jewelry section which was 50% off! Compared to
, everything is so cheap here that I can’t resist. It’s fun to pick up new things for my wardrobe when I’m living in a new place. I’m trying to find pieces that help my inner hippy come out and so far I’ve been rather successful! Hawaii
Stay tuned for my 4th of July adventures!