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Costumed crusaders take a trip into the wintry water of the Willamette to raise money for Special Olympics

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rom police officers to sorority members, graduate students to coaches, teenagers to famous quarterbacks, the Polar Plunge accepted anyone and everyone willing to jump into the 43-degree Willamette River on Feb. 20. For the first plunge in Eugene, more than 150 people ran into the cold river to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Oregon and its athletes. Even 15 minutes before people were scheduled to run into the water, event organizers were still calling out to passing joggers and dog-walkers, encouraging them to come join in the chilly fun for a great cause. Meanwhile, the plungers were getting ready for their cold dip and putting the finishing touches on their outfits for the costume contest. “I’m so cold already!” said Monica Venice, a Special Olympics athlete and member of The Ice Queens of Cottage Grove plunge team. The Ice Queens were easily the most glamorous team to plunge


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Top: Although jumping into the Willamette River during the middle of winter sounds like an icy proposition, most plungers said it was not as cold as they had expected. Right: One of the many teams runs into the 43-degree Willamette River. The event raised more than $25,000 for the Special Olympics. Below right: A participant prepares to plunge in support of the Special Olympics.

“I know it’s something new for everybody jumping in the river in the middle of winter and it doesn’t sound fun, but once you do it, you love it, you enjoy it.”

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into the Willamette. Venice and her teammate created costumes with their Special Olympics basketball coach Jill Vaverka, consisting of black gowns, white sashes and silver crowns they made themselves. Vaverka, a Special Olympics coach of three years, said The Ice Queens raised $1,118 for Special Olympics, more than double their original fundraising goal of $500. Special Olympics organizes Polar Plunges across the country. Oregon’s first plunge originated in Bend five years ago, said Mark Evertz, vice president of marketing and public relations for Special Olympics Oregon. “The plungers were an absolute hoot in Bend. It’s where our most avid, out-of-their minds supporters jump into the water for a few cold seconds for the good of the cause,” he said. Because of the success in Bend, Special Olympics Oregon launched a Polar Plunge in Portland last year that was also met with great participation, raising more than $170,000 for

the program between the Bend and Portland events. The Polar Plunge extended beyond Bend and Portland for the first time this year to include Eugene, Corvallis and Medford, with the Eugene plunge raising more than $25,500 for the cause. The unique fundraiser has attracted many different donors and plungers, including former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, who participated in both the Portland and Eugene Polar Plunge events this year. “I know it’s something new for everybody jumping in the river in the middle of winter and it doesn’t sound fun, but once you do it, you love it, you enjoy it,” said Harrington, who wore a colorful inner tube, snorkel and kickboard for his plunge. “I’m cold, they’re cold, but we’ll make a splash for Special Olympics Oregon.” The event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics’ largest fundraising arm in the world, Evertz said. In Eugene’s


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Top: It’s not always all about fishing for the team. Fundraising, participating in the costume contest and jumping into the Willamette River are all integral to the experience. Above: With costumes ranging from elaborate to basic, the Polar Plunge was a cause for celebration.

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plunge, local law enforcement officers including Eugene Chief of Police Pete Kerns were seen running into the Willamette, along with students and community members. “It’s great; very invigorating,” Kerns said, still dripping from his plunge. “It’s not as horrible as it might look, and it’s for an awfully good cause.” Special Olympics Oregon’s combined fundraising goal for all five of the Polar Plunge events is $250,000. Money raised during the Polar Plunge events goes to support 15 different Special Olympics sports programs, including skiing, snowboarding, bowling, soccer and volleyball. Nearly 7,000 athletes with developmental disabilities take part in Special Olympics programs in Oregon each year. “Our athletes inspire greatness not only on the field but off the field in communities around the state. It’s not about disabilities, it’s about abilities and what you’re capable of doing that I think underlies the importance of Special Olympics,” Evertz said.


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College bass fishing has risen in popularity, partially because of TV coverage of national competitions such as the one the University’s club team sent fishermen to last year

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aylor Lipscomb casts his spinning treble over a pond in Alton Baker Park and immediately gets a tug on the other end as he reels in. He shores the fish, then holds up what looks more or less like a hunchbacked trout. He says something about genetic mutations in farmed fish and how the lack of a chromosome causes the muscle to bunch near the dorsal fin. “This one’s not for eating,” he says, tossing it

back into the water. The bass fishing team, on a tip from City of Eugene Parks and Open Space, went out for their first practice of the season after hearing the park’s ponds and streams were being replenished with rainbow trouts. Bass fishing among college students is a pastime on the rise. ESPN and Versus television networks cover their regional and national championships; a win at nationals comes with a $100,000 prize and a bass-fishing boat.

University junior Ross Richards holds a trout he caught while fishing near Alton Baker Park.

Last year, the University’s team did well, with one pair of fishermen, Ross Richards and Reed Frazier, placing fourth at their regional competition. The win granted them a spot at the national tournament in Tennessee in June and an $8,000 prize. “Starting about two to three years ago is when they started those tournaments and since then, college fishing has taken off,” graduate


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student Cody Herman said. “It’s on Versus, ESPN, Fox Sports. It’s gotten a lot of popularity these last few years.” The bass team is expanding, but still has room to grow. Most of the club’s money is fundraised through T-shirt sales. Herman recalled his undergrad days when he couldn’t even spark any interest on campus for a fishing club. “When I was here for undergraduate, my buddy and I tried to put together a fishing team, but at the time there was no collegiate bass fishing trial,” Herman said. When Shimano, a cycling and fishing gear manufacturer and distributor, decided to cut their international marketing sector down to

two people, Herman got let go from the firm in Irvine, Calif. He decided to come back to Eugene to fish and take classes. “Irvine was a concrete jungle,” he said “Fishing gets you outside, and that’s something I missed.” Herman said it was the competition that he wanted to return to. He said that events provide more excitement than one might think. Teams of two fishermen mount their bass boats early in the morning. These boats are near “swift boat” status. “Bass boats are intense. They have like a 300-horsepower motor and an out-board engine. They go up to 80 mph,” club coordinator Carter Troughton said. But with a faster boat you can get to the best spots, and when you’re competing against the bayou boys from the deep South, every detail makes a difference. After the initial “blast-off,” contestants are up against a time limit to catch the six largest fish. Fish are kept alive in the “live well,” a holding tank from which contestants can exchange a larger, newly caught fish for a smaller fish caught earlier in the day. “The weigh-in is where all the drama happens,” Troughton said. Contestants who weigh in larger fish first are put on the “hot seat,” the first-place stand on the podium. If other contestants weigh in


“When it’s your teammate that knocks you off, you’re bummed, but you’re still happy for them and you cheer them on.”

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larger than the team on the hot seat, the hot seat team is ousted. Such was the fate of Troughton at the regional championship. With only a few teams left to weigh in and a fifth-place spot needed to advance to nationals, Troughton was on edge as he and his brother stood in fifth. Richards and Frazier went last that morning and were one of the final teams to weigh in. They placed fourth, bumping the Troughton brothers off the podium. “When it’s your teammate that knocks you off, you’re bummed, but you’re still happy for them and you cheer them on,”

Troughton said. Practice ended with Troughton reading a letter he had just received from Argentina. It was from a 14-year-old boy who had watched the team on television and was writing to lend his support. With a fan base that stretches across hemispheres, the team’s future looks promising. And for those just looking for a new way to avoid the schoolwork grind, the group is open to newcomers. Any student can go down to Alton Baker Park, and the team is more than happy to let you join in on a cast or two.

Top: A member of the club bass fishing team slowly reels in his line while fishing in the ponds at Alton Baker Park. Above: University senior Cody Erman casts his fishing pole while fishing for trout in the ponds at Alton Baker Park.


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The Daisy Ducks, who have been supporting Oregon athletics since 1972, meet every Tuesday to share their spirit and discuss all things Oregon.

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The Daisy Ducks booster group helps foster a family feeling within Oregon athletics

hen student-athletes first come to the University, the smiling faces and fresh baked cookies of the Daisy Ducks booster group are there to greet them. Founded in 1972, the Daisy Ducks have been making student-athletes feel welcome and at home at the University for 38 years. From potlucks to away-game goodie bags, the Daisy Ducks make sure to treat each sport equally and do their best to support student-athletes in any way possible. Although the Daisy Ducks have been supporting athletics for years, their gatherings first started as meetings where the football coach taught women in the community about football and gave “chalk talks” in which they talked about sports. Eventually the group of women decided to become a working club and have

“We kind of act like surrogate moms and grandmas for students that are away from home … I think it helps them deal with being away from home and adjust to college life.” Laila hood daisy ducks president

been the Daisy Ducks ever since, founding member Yvonne O’Herron said. “The Daisy Ducks are mostly the same since we first started, except in the fact that we have expanded what we do by supporting all the sports and just helping out with whatever the athletic department needs us to do,” O’Herron said. Daisy Ducks President Laila Hood has been

involved with the booster group for nearly 12 years, but she has been an avid Duck fan for much longer. “We do the same thing for every sport, and each one gets a potluck. … Whether it’s a big or small sport, it makes no difference to us,” Hood said. The Daisy Ducks recently held a potluck for the new baseball team and the stunts and


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“They are huge supporters of University athletics. They are always at your games and are your biggest fans. And they make great cookies!” e.j. singler men’s basketball

gymnastics team on Feb. 17. Home-cooked food and homemade cookies are a staple of the Daisy Ducks, and they make sure that every sport gets to enjoy them. “We kind of act like surrogate moms and grandmas for students that are away from home. … I think it helps them deal with being away from home and adjust to college life,” Hood said. Basketball player and University freshman E.J. Singler has experienced the constant support of the Daisy Ducks since coming to the University. “I met them over the summer going into my freshman year, and they had a potluck for the whole team,” Singler said. Whenever the student-athletes travel for away-games or competitions, the Daisy Ducks make sure to provide them with goodie bags. The highly availed goodie bags usually include some freshly baked cookies, inspiring notes or fruit. “After their first year as an athlete at the University, they kind of expect it,” Hood said. As far as the Daisy Ducks are concerned, they are the only booster group in the country that supports University athletics with potlucks and home-baked cookies, in addition to traditional booster scholarships. “They are huge supporters of University athletics. They are always at your games and are your biggest fans,” Singler said. “And they make great cookies!” The Daisy Ducks also raise funds for the Daisy Ducks Endowed Scholarship, which awards native Oregonian student-athletes in soccer, volleyball, track, softball, cross country, tennis or golf, by playing bingo at the men’s basketball games. With a sport committee chair for every recognized University athletic team, the Daisy Ducks have maintained avid support for athletics and University spirit as a whole for many years. The Daisy Ducks have contributed to the under-construction Ford Alumni Center and are also working on creating another athletic scholarship. The Daisy Ducks help athletics in any form necessary. Recently they baked Rice Krispies treats for the football team to enjoy during halftime of a game, and every year the Daisy Ducks organize a group trip to an away football game. “If you listen to the athletes that come back and talk to us, they greatly admire what we do and think we are a great support group,” O’Herron said. “We also send them birthday cards or visit them if they are in the hospital … We just help wherever they need us to.”


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University student Lindsey Herron smiles as she runs on a Saturday morning. She is training to run a full 26 miles in the 2010 Eugene Marathon.

little extra is going to come from the adrenaline of race day, the cheering family and friends, and the finish line at Hayward Field.” Henderson said the training mentality is to focus on short-term goals. “You can’t think of it as training for 26 miles. I like to think of it as, this week we are training for eight miles and next week 13,” Henderson said. Both he and the members of the training

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Although the farthest the group will run in preparation for the race is 21 miles, Henderson is confident that is the best way to prepare his trainees. The workout schedule alternates between longer and shorter runs every week. “The beginners wonder why we aren’t going to run the whole 26 miles before race day; they wonder where the extra five miles is going to come from,” Henderson said. “I tell them that

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very Saturday morning at 8 a.m., 35 Eugene community members and University students arrive for training practice, equipped with running shoes, stopwatches and perseverance. Training for a marathon can be highly intimidating, and it may be hard to stay motivated while running long distances alone. Perhaps this is why a group of nearly 35 avid runners have come together with one thing in mind: the 2010 Eugene Marathon. The marathon training group started running at the beginning of January and meets every Saturday to follow a specific running regimen decided by running coach and mentor Joe Henderson. With race day still months away, members of the training group show up for their weekly run with a united sense of motivation and running enthusiasm. Running is something Henderson knows all too well. A marathon runner and experienced running coach, he knows how to prepare his runners both mentally and physically for the grueling 26-mile run. A retired University journalism professor, Henderson has taught running classes at the University for the past 12 years. He said his students would often ask for advice about training for the Eugene Marathon, and students forming groups on their own prompted him to coach a training group. Henderson has designed a foolproof running plan that prepares runners at any experience level to complete the marathon, scheduled for 7 a.m. on May 2. “The goal for everyone in my group is to not only finish, but finish feeling good,” Henderson said. “Our success rate with past groups has been 98 percent; essentially, everyone who gets to the starting line finishes.” For University senior Mary Tyner, completing the 26 miles will be an unprecedented running achievement. She said that training so far has taught her how to be mentally relaxed. “There is something so enjoyable and indescribable about being on your own, enjoying your surroundings and listening to your own breathing while on a run,” Tyner said. “Once you get into that relaxed mental state, you will be surprised at how far you can go.”


“The challenge is more than just putting one foot in front of the other, it is convincing your mind to do it.” joe henderson running coach

TOP: (Left to right) Jenna Fribley, Heather Rymal, Patricia Wigney and Morgan Pilkenton run 4 miles along the Willamette River. The marathon training group is full of runners of all experience levels. To encourage training, runners of similar skill and endurance run together in groups.

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BELOW: Katie Gilbert, Shana Olsen and Jon Strandberg push themselves as they reach the halfway mark on their 4-mile run.


group agree that training with a group is the best way to prepare. University freshman Nick Harsell has been running since his freshman year in high school. He plans to stick with the training group and complete his first marathon this spring. When Harsell thinks ahead to race day, he is unsure of what to expect, but he said he knows he will be inspired by the crowds and other runners. “Just the crowded scene and everyone around me will have the same mood and feeling of running,” Harsell said. “Everyone will be there to run the distance and we will go through it together; it is just amazing.” When running such long distances during training and preparing to run on race day,

Henderson likes to remind his group about the mental aspects of running. He said training your mind can be just as important as training your body for 26 miles. “The challenge is more than just putting one foot in front of the other; it is convincing your mind to do it,” Henderson said. “Our goal is to shrink the distance and make it seem smaller in your mind. We can make seven- or eight-mile runs seem short.” For experienced marathon runners in the group, the distance isn’t as much of a factor, but for Tyner, the intimidation of distance has yet to be overcome. “The most I have ever run was a 10-mile race, and I am still going through anxiety when we have a long run in our training group,” Tyner

said. “We have 15 miles coming up next week and I am nervous about that.” Henderson believes the group mentality keeps people coming back to train. He said everyone shows up every Saturday not only for themselves, but also to support each other. “The group support makes a tremendous amount of difference,” Henderson said. “The magic is not in the program or the coaching; they get it from each other.” For now, the group plans to just keep one another running. For many of the first-time marathon runners like Tyner and Harsell, focusing on the small, weekly goals will be the best preparation. “Today we are training for 10 miles,” Tyner said. “For now, we can’t be thinking about 26.”

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ABOVE: University freshman Nick Harsell stretches in front of the Eugene Running Company after completing his 4-mile run on Saturday morning.

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Campus ROOTS words elisabeth bishop photos shawn hatjes

A bona fide arboretum, campus has several thousand trees, more than 500 species from all over the world

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alking through campus, it’s easy to imagine those towering fir and oak trees have been growing for hundreds of years. Not so, says Whitey Lueck, an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture who leads tours of the University’s arboretum. Lueck said the University was built on grassland. With one exception, every tree on campus has been planted since the school was founded in 1876. “There are species of trees on campus from every continent except Antarctica, including one from Africa and one from Afghanistan,” Lueck said. “The majority of trees on campus are less than 75 years old.” The University campus boasts more than 3,000 trees and more than 500 species of trees. Here are some from its collection: 1. “Moon Tree” (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Location: Between Carson and the EMU, on East 13th Avenue The story: This Douglas-Fir was grown from a seed that orbited the moon 34 times. The seed of this tree was carried by Stuart Roosa, an astronaut and former Oregon forest firefighter, on the Apollo XIV in 1971. The seedling was planted in the late 1970s to celebrate the University’s centennial. In 1987, it was transplanted to its current location to make room for the construction of Willamette Hall. 2. Oregon White Oak (Quercus garryana) Location: North of Villard Hall next to Franklin Boulevard The story: A white oak at the north end of campus is the only surviving tree that is older than the University. A plaque on the tree reads “Class of 1897,” but Lueck said the class did not plant that tree. “The class of 1897 just decided that this was their tree,” Lueck said. “In reality, it’s probably been around for about 225 years.” Early photographs of campus show two white oak trees, but the other one was cut down in 2004 because of rot. 3. Grand Fir (Abies grandis) Location: Outside of Collier House The story: Mrs. Collier, according to the self-guided tour, was the wife of Professor

5 Collier and one of the first female botanists in the nation. She went out and collected seedlings for the trees planted around the Collier House, including this Grand Fir planted in the 1890s. 4. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Location: Just west of Villard Hall The story: The Ginkgo tree, one of the world’s oldest tree species, has been growing on the planet for 200 million years. It comes from eastern Asia, although fossils of Gingko

leaves have been discovered in the John Day Fossil Beds of Eastern Oregon. “The Gingko has religious significance in Japan, China and Korea, where its nuts are used in cakes and bread,” Lueck said. 5. Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) Location: Outside Deady Hall’s west entrance The story: On Columbus Day in 1962, a storm with winds up to 86 miles per hour knocked down dozens of trees on campus.


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10 While this Big Leaf maple, which dates from the early 1880s, survived the storm, it lost some of its limbs. Since then, Lueck said campus arborists installed metal cables to prevent branches from breaking in a future storm. 6. Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Location: Along the sidewalk leading up to Deady Hall’s east entrance The story: The Douglas-Firs lining the walkway to Deady Hall were some of the first trees planted on campus in the early 1880s. A few of the originals remain, but most of the trees were planted after storms knocked down the older ones.

6 “Most people don’t realize that the University was built on a hill,” Lueck said. This allé, or a double row of trees, was the entrance to campus. It’s so appropriate that the state tree of Oregon leads up to the first building of one of the Oregon’s first universities.” 7. Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) Location: Near the fountain on the west side of Pacific Hall The story: “The Dawn Redwood was believed to be extinct everywhere,” Lueck said, “until an exploring party from Harvard found them in south China in 1947.”

The oldest Dawn Redwood, near Pacific Hall, was planted in the late 1940s and is now one of 12 on campus. 8. Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Location: Women’s Memorial Quad, south of Johnson Lane The story: This tree, a native of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, is distinctive for its branches that sweep the ground. Lueck says University maintenance staff members have made several unsuccessful attempts to trim the drooping branches over the years.


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9. Oregon Myrtle (Umbellularia californica) Location: Across from the European Beech, next to Gerlinger Annex The story: Planted in the 1920s, the Oregon Myrtle is one of the only trees on campus with multiple trunks. According to the University’s self-guided tree tour, this is probably due to heavy pruning as a young tree. The Myrtle is notable for its fragrant leaves (which are related to bay leaves) and for its beautiful wood, which is often used in furniture. 10. Purple European Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropurpurea’) Location: Just north of Gerlinger Annex The story: The European Beech is native to the forests of Germany, France and Switzerland. Lueck estimates the beech tree next to Gerlinger was planted in the mid-1920s. Its smooth bark and low branches make it a favorite of intoxicated students looking for late-night tree climbing.

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When Oregon’s club rowing team takes it to the water in the early morning hours, the members’ camaraderie and dedication for the sport come alive

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J Handly, the captain of the men’s crew, is tall and athletic. He has been a part of the University’s club rowing team since the fall of his freshman year, and said that it was the sport’s difficulty that kept him coming back for more. “I used to watch the boats in Washington when I was younger. I guess it’s just always been in my head,” said Handly, a sophomore architecture major from Alameda, Calif. Apart from the crack-of-dawn practices, which Handly laughingly calls the “toughest part of crew,” the physical demand of the sport is simply staggering. In a race, up to eight team members are seated in their narrow shell with sliding seats, one in front of the other, and must row in perfect synchronization to move quickly through the water and keep the shell from capsizing. The length of races varies from season to season. Fall competitions are 3 to 6 kilometers, with the races lasting about 25 minutes. In spring, the races are considerably shorter — 2 kilometers, equaling about 6.5 minutes of intense physical exertion. “I love crew — it’s my passion,” said Carly Schmidt, the head coach of both the men’s and women’s crew teams.


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Schmidt has been coaching both the men’s and women’s teams since last winter, and she couldn’t be happier. “My experience here at the UO has been incredibly fulfilling,” she said. The team members agree. “My favorite part of crew is our coach, Carly Schmidt,” sophomore team member Elliott Brooks said. “She always keeps us motivated in the morning.” Brooks, unlike many of his team members, doesn’t mind the morning practices. “Honestly,” he confessed, “it’s hard to wake up for only the first week or two of each term because you have to get your body used to it after winter and spring break. But, it’s so worth it. You feel very accomplished. We end up doing more from 6 to 8 a.m. than many more people do all day.” Crew, unfortunately, can’t always be about the joy of the challenge — obstacles continue to put a damper on team spirit and prevent the team from attaining its goals. Unlike crew at every other school in the Pac10, the University’s crew is considered a club sport. This means that they don’t have access to the facilities meant for NCAA athletes. “Unlike all the teams we compete against, we don’t get the same bonuses, like the treatment centers,” Handly said. “Everyone is considered NCAA but us. We’re the underdog, and it’s frustrating.” Crew, which is the largest club sport at the University, previously had a chance to move up to NCAA-level, but cheerleading was given the spot instead. Part of the problem could be the cost, as the equipment is expensive. Shells cost between $10,000 and $20,000, and audience turnout tends to be fairly small at the team’s competitions, called regattas. “What we don’t get, compared to

varsity, like our budget, is a really big challenge,” Schmidt said. Regardless, Handly is sure that all the team needs is a few impressive wins to convince the school of crew’s legitimacy as a sport. “My goal is to get into the top five in the Pac-10 to make an argument,” Handly said. Another impediment that the team has had to work around is a lack of numbers, as the early hours and strenuous work deters most prospective team members. “What happens is we get a lot of people who think they want to be on crew but then drop out because the early mornings are just too much for them,” Schmidt said. “But we have good numbers for racing, and we’re always looking to expand.” Despite the challenges of crew, it’s hard not to see how much the rowers enjoy the sport and the people they row with. There’s a certain camaraderie between the teammates — when they are together, conversation is easy and fast-paced. “My favorite part of crew is definitely the team bonding,” said Drew Rivera, a sophomore human physiology major. “It’s something really special to spill your heart out on the water with your teammates and share that special moment.” Nini Valerio, a sophomore environmental studies major and a member of the women’s crew, agrees with Rivera’s sentiment. “Because crew is very demanding and we show up at really early hours, we get to know our teammates at their best and at their worst,” she said. “There is a huge amount of respect for your other teammates and the fact that they are working there with you. You just understand and connect with everyone.


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Bottom: The Crew Team meets for practice at 6 a.m. every morning. Both the men and women use erg machines to practice rowing. The machines measure how powerfully they row, and can determine how far they would have gone. They often do minute-and-a-half sprints, where they aim to go over 350 meters.

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University senior Stefanie Chow has been on four skydiving jumps, which she says gives her a natural high. She also bungee jumps, bridge jumps and cliff dives.

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you can trust,” Kirby said. Chow said she loves to fall. It gives her a natural high, and she can’t get enough of it. She bungee jumps, bridge jumps and cliff dives. Getting her skydiving license would be ideal, she said, but because of the extensiveness of the program, she hasn’t been able to carve out enough time to get it. A student must have taken at least 25 jumps to get an Accelerated Free Fall Class A license, and seven to nine of those jumps must have been with instructors. After completing several hours of on-the-ground training, the first two jumps are tandem. After that, the student jumps with two instructors, one at each side. The instructors’ job is to make sure that the student is checking the altimeter and pulling the chute at the correct altitude. An altimeter is a device that’s placed in the jumper’s ear that beeps at 5,000 feet — the height at which one pulls the parachute. At that time, one instructor jumps with the student for four to six jumps, where they practice turns and positions, and then the student is essentially on her own. She still has to be supervised when preparing for the jump. After the student has reached 25 jumps, she earns a license. However, accidents can occur in the sky, and there is a risk of fatality. At speeds that high — falling head-down, Kirby reaches up to 180 mph — colliding with someone could mean two fatalities. There’s a widely-believed statistic: every 500 jumps, the parachute fails. When Kirby was on his 499th jump, he heard a weird snap when his parachute was released. He realized half of his parachute was still scrunched up, and that a line had twisted. So he “chopped” off his main chute by pulling a lever, which automatically releases the reserve chute. “I thought ‘Well, OK, I get to see my reserve chute now!’” he said. It was the first time in 20 years that such a malfunction had happened to him. Before Chow reaches 500 jumps, her next steps are not only to get her AFF license but also to learn how to fly her own plane. She hopes to be an optometrist, after earning her degrees in biology and pre-med, but she plans to keep skydiving on the side.

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he instructor tapped her on the shoulder and asked if she was ready. “Sure,” was all she said. The doors opened, cold air rushed in and most of her thoughts rushed out. The only thing that University senior Stefanie Chow could think of before her first jump was, “Why am I jumping out of a perfectly good airplane?” “It didn’t really hit me until the doors opened,” she said. Chow, a self-titled “adrenaline junkie,” described her jump as a loud roller coaster. She said all she could feel was the wind rushing by, and then she just floated. However, she wasn’t completely alone; beginners are always strapped to an instructor. “It was like a massive air conditioning machine,” Chow said. “The weather had been nice and sunny on the ground — maybe 60 degrees — but at 14,000 feet, it’s cold.” The adrenaline rush was helping her enter a Zen state of calm, so she could look down and experience the moment. It’s hard for her to explain. All she could say is that it was the most unusual meditation she has ever experienced. “You’re not thinking about anything. You’re falling from the sky. You’re really falling from the sky. It’s the greatest stress reliever,” Chow said. She has been on three jumps since then, and she said the feeling never changes. “There are no fears,” Chow said. “You take a leap of faith, and hope for the best.” More experienced divers have felt the rush Chow speaks of for decades. John Kirby, a TV producer for the Portland Winterhawks, has jumped 530 times in the last 30 years, and he still goes out in the summer to jump. Kirby has jumped out of helicopters, Boeing 747s, hot air balloons and C130s. While he’s gotten a little bored with the regular belly flying, he still enjoys vertical (head down) and sit flying. When he and a large group of fellow jumpers launched a rubber raft out of a plane with two people sitting in the raft, the rest of the group had to fly around holding them up. “The challenge is going in a group who

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PK Park’s construction is complete, giving the Oregon baseball team a state-of-the-art home next to Autzen Stadium

Fans watch from behind center plate at PK Park as the Ducks beat the University of Washington Huskies 6-2 on opening night, March 2.


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ust before the first official pitch was thrown at PK Park, the skies parted and the rain trickled to a stop. The fans began to chant, “GO … DUCKS … GO … DUCKS.” At long last, baseball had officially returned to Eugene. Though the team’s inaugural season took place last year, this season marks the beginning of a new era at the newly installed PK Park. As opening day approached, anticipation throughout the community soared. Fans were excited to see what exactly the state of the art complex had to offer. They were not disappointed. Standing in the concourse to shield himself from the rain, spectator Bill Manewal marveled at what he saw. “Great ballpark,” Manewal said. “You can’t ask for anything nicer than this. I had a chance to watch it while it was being constructed, and just from day one to the finished product, it’s just great.” The concourse has quickly become one of PK Park’s most popular features. With an abundance of concession stands and a large roof to congregate under, it gives fans a chance to stretch their legs or protect themselves from Oregon’s unpredictable weather. “The concourse here up here is great,” Manewal said. “So you can get out of the weather if you want to.” The concourse is not the only part of the park that was designed with weather in mind. The field itself was made with artificial turf to help prevent rain delays.

“Having all field turf and not having to cancel games, that’ll be great,” freshman Devin Joblove said. The field, however, has become a slight point of contention among fans. Kate Young, an Oregon alumna from the class of 1972, has chosen to reserve her judgment. “I’m an old-fashioned baseball chick with dirt,” Young said. “So I’m not sure. I’ll have to watch a few games. My first reaction is that I don’t like it, because I grew up with grass and dirt.” Young’s husband, Ron, played baseball for the www.MorningGloryEugene.com

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grass, oftentimes it led to injuries,” he said. “The ball was getting wet, and you would throw it away … I think this will help.” There are, however, parts of the park that have no protection from the elements. The student section is one of those places. Still, Joblove was unperturbed as he stood on the railing watching the players warm up. “It’s the first day at PK,” Joblove said. “(The rain is) not going to hurt anything. I’ve been looking forward to baseball season all year. It’s my favorite sport, always will be.” Joblove’s excitement could be seen on the faces of all 2,609 fans who showed up to christen the park, particularly when the Ducks scored four runs in an eventful first inning. A few hours later, a successful opening day was capped by a 6-2 Oregon win. Head coach George Horton, for one, was left impressed with what he saw. “Sooner or later, if we continue to play well, this thing’s going to be packed to the rafters,” Horton said. “It’ll really be something when the thing’s packed and we have a bunch of Duck fans.” After a game filled with diving catches, double plays and even mascot races, one thing was clear: Come rain or shine, PK Park is here to stay.


courtesy of tom oates The butterfly bush, or Buddleja davidii, a plant native to China was first used for landscaping and decorative and also to attract butterflies, but it is one of Oregon’s worst invasive weeds because it dominates natural habitats.

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hen plant species are introduced to new habitats, some don’t survive their new home, but some thrive. And some take over. Those plants are known as invasive species. “The main problem is that they compete with species that aren’t supposed to be there,” said Dan Salzer, senior scientist at the Nature Conservancy, an environmental conservation organization. “Things that were their predators back home aren’t here.” Every invasive species has certain qualities

contained for long — it escapes into natural habitats and takes over. But it doesn’t spread all on its own. “Birds eat the seeds, fly somewhere and excrete them,” said Kevin McWhirter, a volunteer coordinator for the No-Ivy League, a Portland based-organization that is taking action to save Forest Park and stop the spread of English Ivy. The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently amended its Noxious Weed Quarantine law to ban the sale, transport and purchase of English Ivy. Dreissena Polymorpha (native to Europe) Also called Zebra Mussels, these plants first arrived in the U.S. in the early 1990s. They came over from Europe, attaching to large cargo ships. Now they cling to almost every submerged object they can find, including native mussel species. Removal is incredibly expensive, especially since the mussels coat every surface that is submerged — ships,

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Ever a nuisance, these adaptable plants have made themselves a comfortable home in Oregon

in common. They adapt easily to new conditions and they prevent native species from reproducing, for instance. They also impact every aspect of their environments, as they clog waterways, kill native species and damage existing agricultural systems. Getting rid of invasive species is extremely costly, which is why scientists would rather catch them sooner than later. Below are six invasive menaces to the Oregon environment: Hedera Helix (native to northern Africa and western Asia) This picturesque plant, peacefully hugging tree trunks and blanketing the forest floor, is actually slowly strangling both. Commonly called English Ivy, this plant is a textbook example of an invasive species and the most widespread in the United States. It soaks up all the sunlight and destroys habitats for native species of plants and animals. Popular among landscapers and homeowners for aesthetic purposes, English Ivy doesn’t stay


courtesy of derek ramsey English Ivy, the most widespread invasive species in the U.S., is a plant native to northern Africa and western Asia.

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pipes, rocks and docks. Some ships are required to pay a registration fee, and the money goes toward removal. The Zebra Mussel is so successful because it breeds rapidly and prevents native species from reproducing. “The Zebra Mussel is a great poster species for getting people concerned about invasive species,” Salzer said. Buddleja davidii (native to China) Known for its tall stature and blooming purple flowers that attract butterflies all summer, this plant, called Butterfly Bush, is actually another plant the ODA has permanently banned from the market. It competes with native plant species and is considered one of Oregon’s worst invasive weeds. Butterfly Bush can be found in wetlands, natural forests and urban areas. Like English Ivy, it was originally used for aesthetic and landscaping purposes to attract butterflies. Unfortunately, the plant escapes personal confinement and infects natural habitats. Sturnus vulgaris (native to Northern

courtesy of ingrid taylar The European Starling, a native of northern Africa, southwest Asia and Europe, is just one invasive species on the University campus.

Africa, Southwest Asia, and Europe) These invasive birds, called European Starling, are present on the University campus. The birds not only compete with other birds for food, but also out-compete numerous other land fauna. Economically, the birds cause huge damages for farmers because they descend upon the crops for food and nesting. On campus “they nest in cavities, are aggressive, and can take cavities away from

our native birds,” said Peg Boulay, co-director of the Environmental Leadership Program at the University. Apis mellifera scutellata (native to Europe and Africa) The Africanized Honey Bee has made a huge negative impact on the beekeeping and honey industry. They take over nests of regular European bees, kill the queen and mate with the rest of the colony. Originally


Top: Similar to English Ivy, the Japanese Knotweed takes away sunlight from native plants and discourages biodiversity. courtesy of wikimedia commons Right: The Zebra Mussel, native to Europe, made its way to America in the 1990s by clinging to the bottom of ships. courtesy of united states geological survey

courtesy of united states geological survey Apis mellifera scutellata, or the Africanized Honey Bee, has produced deep effects on the beekeeping and honey industry.

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introduced to the U.S. in the 1950s, the African bee was supposed to mate with the European bee to create a better honey-producing hybrid. Instead, a species of bee was born that produced much less honey than its European counterpart and is hundreds of times more aggressive. As a result, the beekeeping industry is scrambling to produce more honey and re-queen the original populations of bees. The Africanized bee will chase an intruder up to a quarter mile away, stinging multiple times. This is where the nickname “killer bees” comes from. Though they are more common in southwestern states, there have been reports of the bees moving north to Oregon.


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Eugene’s Trips Inc. agency makes travels in the U.S. and overseas possible for people with disabilities, facilitating growth and eliminating stereotypes


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link and you just might miss it. Traveling along busy West Seventh Avenue in Eugene, you would never know by its humble exterior that Trips Inc. is more than a conventional travel agency. Since its founding in 1991, Trips Inc. has organized national and international trips for travelers with developmental disabilities. Trips Inc. takes travelers all around the world, from Disneyland in California to international destinations such as Paris and Madrid. What makes Trips Inc. unique is its commitment to making every trip accessible and interesting for both the disabled and non-disabled community. Founder and director Jim Peterson, who has worked within the special education community for more than 28 years, said he has seen a dramatic change in how people with disabilities are perceived within the community.

“What we’ve been taught is not to stare at people with disabilities,” Peterson said. “Trips Inc. is huge for the disabled community but almost more important for people without disabilities. When they see our groups in Hawaii snorkeling, swimming … it sort of kills these stereotypes.” More importantly, the organization hopes to promote independence and personal growth through traveling. “Through travel, they are educated, they gain friends from all over the world, they learn to be independent and, of course, they get a chance to see the world,” communications director Leslie Peterson said. Travel and accounting manager Rhonda Reed has witnessed the travelers’ growth firsthand over the 20 trips she has chaperoned. She has accompanied travelers on such exciting trips as England and Rome and will be chaperoning the organization’s

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second trip to New Zealand this March. Nine travelers will be in New Zealand for 11 days. Reed anxiously anticipates the adventures ahead of her. As travel manager, she has scheduled a variety of activities, from whale watching, shopping and exploring trees of glowing worms. Travelers especially enjoy talking to the local community members and learning about their culture. “When we are in New Zealand, we will be exploring the Maori culture and are going to a Maori hongi, kind of like a Hawaiian luau,” she said. However, Reed is careful to cater mostly to the interests of the travelers, not just her own interests. She has found, to her delight, that the travelers have thoroughly enjoyed past activities she has planned. “When we were in Paris, we visited the Louvre,” she reminisced. “I was afraid they were going to be so exhausted by the enormity of it. But they just loved it! We spent hours and hours there. They were so excited about it!” And through these trips, Reed and other chaperones alike said they learn just as much from the travelers and their experiences as the travelers learn at

“Through travel, they are educated, they gain friends from all over the world, they learn to be independent and, of course, they get a chance to see the world.” leslie peterson communicat ions dir ector

the destinations. “For them, it’s this moment, right now. It’s about this day and this moment. Our groups can take hours to do one activity, but it teaches me to slow down and live in the moment,” she said. The devotion and care that Trips Inc. coordinators put into their trips has gained an enormous amount of supporters and travelers from both the disabled and nondisabled community. Traveler Monica Venice has been taking vacations with Trips Inc. for 15 years and keeps coming back every year. “My favorite trip was to Hawaii’s Big Island, where I met my fiancé 10 years ago. I met new friends from all over the country,” she said.

Trips Inc. not only encourages the independence and growth of its travelers but has also built a large-scale community in the process. “It really does build global community,” Jim Peterson commented. “There’s a huge sense of community acceptance around what we do.” That community acceptance is felt most notably in the surrounding EugeneSpringfield area. In fact, several of its employees are graduates from the University. “Four of the six employees at Trips have graduated from the U of O. We also have had many volunteers (from the University) over the years, such as Dan Close, (an) associate professor,” Jim Peterson said.

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Through these vacations, Trips Inc. has built a strong and supportive community within its company as well. “We are more like a group of family and friends rather than strangers. And that is a lot of fun,” Reed said. “There’s a lot of laughter. A lot of laughter! Really, we are always laughing; it’s too much fun!” Coming up on the organization’s 20-year anniversary, Peterson has been elated to see the inclusion and equality of the disabled community has grown over his years at Trips Inc. “When I was a kid, you didn’t see disabled people out there,” he said. “They didn’t go to public school until 1974. It’s good to educate people that they’re not that different. The disabled community doesn’t want to be left on the sidelines.”

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Balloon Flying Services of Oregon in Salem offers Willamette Valley rides for all occasions

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n Jim Desch’s 23 years as a hot air balloon pilot, he’s experienced everything from lightning storms to collisions with trees, all while maintaining a perfect safety record. “Balloon pilots have to be lucky; I’ll be the first to admit it,” Desch said with a smile. “We can’t steer the balloon, so we just go where the wind takes us.” Desch founded Balloon Flying Service of Oregon in Salem in 1989. Every year between May and October, he takes passengers on balloon tours of the Willamette Valley area. A one-hour balloon ride costs $200 for an adult and includes breakfast, Desch’s narrative on the scenery, a certificate of ascension. The balloon takes off shortly after dawn, when the wind is calest. Desch


depends on a volunteer crew of five, and sometimes even the passengers, to fill the balloon with cold air and then heat the air to make the balloon lift off the ground. When it’s fully inflated, the hot air balloon measures 66 feet across and 77 feet tall — the equivalent of a seven-story building. Desch can make the balloon rise or fall by controlling the amount of heat he adds to it. He controls the air by using turning vents to spin the air and keep it warm. However, the wind determines which route the balloon takes. When possible, he lowers the basket down to graze the surface of the Willamette River. The crew follows the balloon in a car and meets the passengers at the landing site. “I tell the crew where I think we’ll land. But they don’t listen to me, which is a good thing because most of the time I don’t know what I’m talking about,” Desch said. Desch has landed balloons in parks, mall parking lots and even small city streets. He or his crew always ask for permission before the balloon lands, except in emergency situations. “Once we had to land in the Ankeny Hill Game Refuge because the wind came up

“I tell the crew where I think we’ll land. But they don’t listen to me, which is a good thing because most of the time I don’t know what I’m talking about. ” jim desch hot air balloon pilot

and I was low on fuel,” Desch said. “We landed in the middle of a field, right between two dikes of loose dirt. You couldn’t even walk in that stuff, you’d step in it and sink in up to your shins. Getting the balloon out would have taken hours.” Despite legal and safety issues surrounding the emergency landing in the park, Desch was spared any consequences. A sympathetic park ranger even arranged for another ranger to carry the balloon out with a tractor. Before discovering hot air balloons, Desch flew hydroplanes and owned a family tombstone business. His first balloon ride was a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift to his wife Shirley while they were at a tombstone convention in San Diego. “I saw a card at the hotel concierge desk that said ‘romantic hot air balloon flights over lovely Napa Valley.’ And I thought

‘Bingo, that’s going to save my bacon,’” Desch said. The pilot on that first ride told Desch that he had ‘the look’ of a balloon pilot and that a balloon of his own would cost $10,000. Desch and his wife bought their first hot air balloon two years later. The price of a used balloon, pilot training and travel added up to $9,600. “So our first pilot was a little off, but not by much,” Desch said. Unfortunately, their first balloon failed its Federal Aviation Administration inspection. They bought a new balloon, this one large enough to carry four passengers. Shirley Desch decided that if they were going to continue flying, it made sense to have other people pay for the flights. Their second balloon came in June 1989. It was two months late because a movie studio was using it in the

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“Six out of 10 people don’t even notice we’re off the ground.” He can only remember two people who panicked and asked to go back down. He returned the balloon to the ground and let them out. Balloon Flying Service of Oregon offers private flights designed for couples, which cost more but carry only the couple and Desch. Every year, a few men use these romantic flights to ask a critical question. They’ve been successful, with one exception. “We had one guy who proposed to his girlfriend and she said, ‘We need to talk.’ That wasn’t a yes. Other than that, they’ve all said yes,” crew chief Jan Cline said. Desch, an ordained minister, has performed 12 weddings in the air. Sometimes Cline and another crew member dress up and ride along to act as witnesses. Desch’s company makes between 150 and

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film “Mannequin.” “I had my commercial license by then,” Desch said. “We bought the truck, painted the name on the sign, started flying and we’ve been doing it ever since.” Desch estimates that about half of his passengers receive balloon rides as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, retirement and similar occasions. He’s carried people from diverse backgrounds, including a group of Chinese businessmen who didn’t speak English. He once carried a family of six in his basket designed for four — “it was a little tight”— but fortunately they were all unusually small. Desch said some passengers spend the first five or 10 minutes of a flight clinging to the basket, but almost all of them eventually relax and enjoy the scenery. Desch, who is afraid of heights himself, said that balloon rides are not frightening. There is normally no rocking or swinging motion in a balloon. In fact, Desch added,


Jim Desch and his crew at Balloon Flying Services of Oregon provide hour-long hot air balloon rides touring the scenic Willamette Valley, making between 150 and 200 flights every year.

200 flights every year. For Desch, taking people on hot air balloon rides is a dream job. He enjoys working with his wife and having a captive audience in the basket. “I get four people a day. I can tell them anything I want to, and they’ll believe me,” he said. “It’s such a different experience for people compared to anything else they’ve done.” For most people, the hour-long ride is a chance to experience scenic views of the Willamette Valley and the peaceful quiet that is unique to a hot air balloon ride. “I like watching the reaction of the people that go on the ride and seeing how they truly enjoy it,” longtime crew member Alan Tocchini said. “I would bet you that none of the people who take a balloon ride are going to forget about it.”


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The Columbia River Gorge is home to some of the most beautiful scenery Oregon has to offer the Astoria Column. After taking in the sights of Astoria, visit Fort Stevens State Park across the bay in Warrenton and enjoy the sandy beaches. Rose Gardens The International Rose Test Garden, which is part of Portland’s Washington Park, was established in 1917. The garden is committed to introducing new rose varieties. More than 550 varieties of roses are featured in several smaller, themed gardens. For example, Shakespeare’s Garden features herbs, trees and flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s works. The garden is also home to varieties of roses named after the characters in Shakespeare’s plays. Public gardens, fountains, statues and other works of art make the International Rose Test Garden a great day trip. Download a map of the gardens or sign up for a public tour at www.rosegardenstore.org. Florence Adventure and relaxation — Florence has it all, from forests, lakes, rivers, to sand dunes, the ocean and shopping. The town has 10 miles of sandy beaches and is also home to the Sea Lion Caves, the largest sea caves in the world. Visitors can visit the Heceta Head Lighthouse on weekends in Devil’s Elbow State Park, and thrill-seekers can go for dune buggy rides on the 40 miles of sand dunes 300 feet high. If that isn’t enough, you can drive half an hour up Highway 101 to Yachats to visit Cape Perpetua,

the highest point on the Oregon Coast, and take in the spectacular views. Mount Hood This mountain, located about 75 miles from Portland, makes a great day trip with endless options for visitors any time of the year. In the winter, snowboard, ski, snowshoe, sled or hike in the snow. In the summer, enjoy mountain biking, horseback riding and an endless amount of hiking trails, including the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Visit the National Historic Landmark and Timberline Lodge, and see where portions of Stephen King’s “The Shining” were filmed. Columbia River Gorge and Hood River The Columbia River Gorge is home to some of the most beautiful scenery Oregon has to offer. Start your day trip by driving along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at the Crown Point Vista House and Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint for beautiful views ideal for snapping pictures. Continue to Multnomah Falls, where you can enjoy many different hiking opportunities and experience the breathtaking waterfalls. Before you head home, stop in Hood River, a quaint town that offers great restaurants and world-class windsurfing.


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