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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Snowing again

I'm in Eugene, Oregon, where is it chilly and gray, with occasional rain and hail.  Just talked to the husband, and he say's it's been snowing in the shores.  I was told when I moved there that you get 2 snow falls after the dogwoods bloom, then the snow is over and you can plant.  So, are the dogwoods in bloom yet?  Don' know.  But that formula hasn't failed me yet.
Left Nevada county admiring the daffodils on hwy 49,  which turned to fields of wild purple lupine on Hwy 20, which turned to orchards of beautiful fruit blossoms and acres of wild mustard on hwy 70 all the way thru Chico.  Quick stop in Las Molinas at my favorite taco truck (across from the hardware store) for THE BEST TOSTADA west of ANYWHERE.  Always grab an extra to go for dinner.  Jump onto Hwy 5 and before you know it the outrageously beautiful Mt. Shasta is in your line of vision for miles and miles.  Onto the high desert country past Shasta, and onto beautiful Ashland, Oregon.  It's just green, green, green all the way to Eugene.  I find this to be one of the most satisfying drives I know of, and enjoy it every time.  If you haven't done it, I suggest you do.  Many, many fruit farms and wineries once you get into Oregon that love visitors.  There is even a Safari World where you can hold baby lions and tigers.  Eugene is college town (University of "Pac 10" Oregon) and alive with great shopping, quirky coffee shops, can't be beat bakeries, and just LOTS of local color.  Very livable, and just 1 1/2 hours from the coast (Florence, Ore).  Talk to you later!

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