Posts Tagged ‘willamette’

Travel Update: Oregon Colleges

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The first college we visited on our road trip through Oregon was University of Oregon. We toured around the campus while it was pooring rain outside in Eugene, Oregon. We met up with Maddy, a first year student of University of Oregon,  showed us around her dorm. I really enjoyed it and was able to get a very good feeling of the school. I enjoyed it a lot. After looking around we checked out downtown Eugene, which had an amazing farmers/ craft fair going on which spanned over about three blocks. It was full of all kinds of characters and talents. I really enjoyed it, even though I was being rained on the whole time.

After Eugene we headed up to Salem Oregon to check out the tiny, but beyond amazing liberal arts school of Willamette. This campus is beautiful! I just wish I had been able to see it when it was full of students. The buildings were gorgeous brick and were so interesting and old fashion.

One of my favorite things were the white lawn chairs spread out around campus. We visited an amazing library which had an overlook of the Willamette River.

The whole school had a feeling of tranquil genius :D. I look forward to learning more about this school.

We then headed up all the way to Portland for a quick stop at Lewis and Clark University. This school was so nice and quaint. I really enjoyed it. We didn’t get to look around that much because we were so tired, but what I did see was beautiful.

Tomorrow we will be visiting Reed in Portland and from there on out we are winging it!

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Travel Update: Olive Pit

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

On our road trip up to Oregon we stopped for a snack in Corning, California which proclaimed itself as the olive capital. I am a huge olive fan so I pulled off at a tourist shop full of olives of every kind. I was a kid in a candy shop… ¬†olive shop.

They even had a huge sample bar for all kinds of olives from Cajun spiced, Texas hot, garlic, Kalamata, and smoked. First note, Texas spicy green olives were definitely the best, I had many, many samples of it. The woman kept eyeing me, I guess I wasn’t sneaky enough. Second note, smoked olives are disgusting. I won’t make that mistake again. They had really cool little scoopers to pick the olives out, it was quite the experience.

That was about it for the beginning of our trip. There was a lot of rain but it cleared up after a bit leaving behind remnants of beautiful storm clouds. When the sun set I was dying to take a picture but I was driving. That put me in a bit of a bad mood, I always get a little peeved when I see a shot and miss it. Let me tell you what it would have been: Big cumulous clouds, some light and some very dark, framed in orange and pink, hanging over an orchard. Do you understand now why I was upset?

We have stopped for the night in Redding. Tomorrow, University of Oregon and hopefully Willamette.

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