I'll say it right now. I've never really explored Oregon. I've driven a few sections of highway in the past but for some reason it's always been left out of my travels. It seemed like an odd place to call my new home after leaving the Midwest but that was the original plan so I was "sticking to it." After spending the last two weeks exploring Oregon I've made some conclusions. Keep in mind I just left a life in metro Detroit and I was excited about anything that resembled a mountain, a lake or a river. Here are a few notes from our Oregon experience so far.
- You know when you're in Oregon when you can't get out of your car to fill up your own gas tank. Gas attendants do that for you. I usually like to stretch my legs at this moment which is why I'm not fond of it.
- If a burrito costs five bucks then it really is five bucks because there is no sales tax.
- Everything is a little slower in Oregon including speed limits. Driving in a straight line at 55 mph gets annoying.
- Everyone in Oregon has at least three jobs.
- Expect anything you say in Bend, Oregon to be followed by the response of at least one "awesome!" It can even be said during uncomfortable silences. When in doubt, say awesome!
- When you get kicked out of your makeshift campsite by the Sheriff's Department Airbnb can really save the day.
- Job interviews on the road are particularly nice when they are at Smith Rock State Park.