Eugene, Oregon is hands-down one of the most awesome places that we have visited this year. Yair and I pulled into town a few days ago and – within our first 24 hours here – we caught the city’s dog agility showcase, tasted our way through the weekend farmer’s market, enjoyed a live music series and rocked out at an impromptu downtown drum circle.
Later that evening, Yair scouted out a public park with outdoor rock climbing, and quickly found a climbing buddy. Meanwhile, when I started hooping in the park, I was adopted by a fun and chill group of folks in their 20s and 30s. Not too long after that, we were invited to a house-warming party, and then to join them on the river for some tubing. Friends. I dig.
On Sunday, we discovered an awesome bike path that runs along the Willamette River, and a pedestrian bridge that arcs over the water and offers one of the most gorgeous river views that I have ever seen. We rode along the bike trail and – when we clocked in at 10.8 miles upon our return to the RV – I biked circles around the fair grounds parking lot until the GPS hit 12.0 miles just for the heck of it. I was pleased with my bike run – Eugene makes it easy to bike, both because of designated bike lanes and the flat terrain.
There is a crunchy, chill environment here and Eugene happens to be a top-free city as well, which doesn’t hurt. Like Portland, there is a lot of rain for 8-9 months of the year, so I don’t know if Eugene will be the right fit for us, but Eugene is definitely one of my favorite spots so far.
We’ve been running all sorts of errands and discovering fun and odd places in Eugene… for reasons that will be disclosed in an upcoming post! 🙂
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