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    Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

    by leafmcgowan Updated Jan 13, 2011
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    The Mount Pisgah Arboretum and Botanical Garden has always been a very sacred place in my heart. No wonder why I feel so home at the Park when my tribes of Faeries have begun to throw their infamous Faerieworlds festival on said location. My first visit to Mt. Pisgah was back in 1993 when I first moved to Eugene, Oregon. My friend Danae, who lived on a house whose property nestled up to the Arboretum's gorgeous lands, was operating a Church of Worlds Nest there. As I had started up the Ancient Forests Protogrove of ADF we combined efforts, celebrations, and ceremonies at the Arboretum lands and hilltops, Spencer and Skinner Buttes. I went hiking weekly through this amazing botanical garden with various friends including Hyko, my girlfriend at the time Linda, and my good friends Jennifer and Rachel. I took my daughter on those trails for many a fascinating hike. There has never been any one botanical garden that was that magical and that special to me. The magical Druid rites atop the hills were very sacred, very special. The Mount Pisgah Arboretum consists of 209 acres of a non-profit "Friends of Mount Pisgah" arboretum and botanical garden that is located within the 2,300 acre Howard Buford Recreation Area located along the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and the slopes of Mount Pisgah just south of Eugene and Springfield Oregon. Admission to the park is free. The Arboretum was founded in 1973 and quickly constructed over 7 miles of hiking and nature trails, riparian meadows, evergreen forests, a rare preserved oak savanna, wildflower meadows, a water garden, wooded picnic area, restrooms, over 23 bridges, planting, removal of invasive species, and publication of their newsletters. They began holding Mushroom and Wildflower shows in 1981 and established a staff shortly after. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and propogate Pacific Northwest plant communities, education, and recreation. Mt Pisgah is home to well over 67 families / 231 genera / and 339 plant species of native mosses, shrubs, ferns, plants, and wildflowers. The park is also a nature sanctuary for numerous wildlife such as the endangered Western Pond Turtle, the sensitive Red-Legged Frog, tree frogs, bats, deer, coyote, foxes, small mammals, lizards, Gopher and garter snakes. Numerous birds of raptors, waterfowl, migratory and resident songbirds are abundant. This amazing place will always be dear to my heart. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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    Grab your tie-dye and hitch your VW waggons...

    by steedappeal Updated Nov 21, 2010

    A bit of a walk from the Downtown is the Lane County Historical Society & Museum. There are permanent as well as rotating exhibitions.

    I just happened to catch "Tie Dye and Tofu: How Mainstream Eugene became a Counterculture Haven". One of the few places where you can see the old Oregon wagons and then jump into a Volkswagon "Summer of Love" van all in the same place!

    ***The best thing is the well-stocked gift shop which has the only good post cards I saw during my entire trip***

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    • Historical Travel
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    Go back to College...for the afternoon!

    by steedappeal Updated Nov 21, 2010

    I took a free tour of the campus. See their website for times. This was really great. Our tour guide spent almost the entire 90 minute tour walking backwards! as she showed us around the impeccable campus. Especially great to take on a gorgeous day.

    The tour leads people throughout the majority of the campus and through various buildings. We even got to see an actual dorm room (about the size of an Amtrak compartment). You will also see the track field from which the Nike empire sprung.

    It was especially fun to visit the "Fishbowl" (aka the Student Union building) where the famous food-fight from the movie 'Animal House' was filmed.

    ***Make sure to pick up the best free map of Eugene at the Tour Desk (published by***

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  • Motorcycle Adventures

    by 4susele Written Mar 23, 2009

    The Pacific Northwest offers the greatest motorcycle adventures in the world: you ride on lightly traveled sweeping roads in excellent conditions, through a great diversity of landscapes, in sunny and dry weather conditions that allow us to fully enjoy those treasures for about 4 to 5 months out of the year. From June to October, Oregon gives us the very best of all riding worlds – and we enjoy every minute of it. And in addition to all that, the Pacific Northwest is known for great food, renowned wineries, excellent local breweries and friendly people.

    Imagine living in a tipi with your “iron pony” parked right outside. You are setting out on new trails and new adventure rides every day, seeing some of the most beautiful and pristine natural settings of Oregon, reserved for the adventurer on “the roads less traveled.” You will hike to majestic waterfalls, experience the silence of old growth forests and visit a lake with water so pure that it can not even support fish life.

    Motorcycle Adventure Camps
    In 2009 we plan to offer three 7-day dual sport adventure camps, and two 4-day camps. Both camps include a 7-day BMW bike rental package, allowing the more adventurous amongst you to explore some of Oregon’s beautiful landscapes on your own, with Package B, in exchange for a shorter stay at our Tipi Village Retreat. Individual arrangements can be made for longer bike rentals or longer stays at the Tipi Village Retreat. We simply want you to have the very best experience possible.

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    • Motorcycle

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    by Growe1 Written Apr 6, 2009

    "I AM THAT GIRL" is a new independent feature film that is playing for one day only on Sunday, April 19th, 2009 at Bijou Arts Cinema (492 E. 13th Ave) in Eugene. It's the story of Maxine, a cash-poor party girl who takes an unexpected road trip to the Sierras and falls in love and discovers the beauty of nature. You can watch the trailer online at and you can buy pre-sale tickets at the Disorient film festival website:

    Don't miss this one-time event and meet the producer, writer, and lead actress, Grace Rowe at the screening!

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 16, 2007
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    Eugene -- such a beautiful city, such a terrible name....

    Located in the Willamette Valley, Eugene is Oregon's third largest city with about 150,000 people. Eugene is famous for its running tradition, its left-leaning political stances, and its access to the great outdoors.

    Eugene is home to the University of Oregon, which has a long history of great runners, notably Steve Prefontaine and his famous coach Bill Bowerman (who started the Nike show company here), along with marathon legend Alberto Salazar and Olympic gold medalist Mary Decker Slaney. Eugene also hosts the annual Prefontaine Classic track meet and in 2008 will once again be the location of the Olympic trials.

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    For the Love of Art

    by lareina Written Jan 25, 2005
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    Get yourself down to the newly re-opened and expanded Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. This beautiful brick museum is located off of the quad at the UO and houses some amazing art including impressive collections of Korean, Japanese, and Russian art. Also, now there is a wonderful space for temporary exhibitions. Right now, for the opening, Andy Warhol's screenprints are gracing the walls. Don't forget to wander into the central courtyard to see the gazing pool. There is now a cafe and musem store on site.

    Admission is $5 for adults, less for children and students. Wednesdays: 11AM-8PM. Thursday through Sundays: 11AM-5PM

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    Country Fair (July)

    by kinghewitt Written Oct 25, 2004

    What to say. Eugene is supposedly the home of the hippie movement and once a year (in July when I was there in 1999) they have a country fair where Hippies congrugate from all across the country. Plenty of music, food and entertainment in way that just can't be described.

    If you are in Eugene when its on, don't miss it. They have a website here

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    Best Annual Festival

    by bhorton Updated Feb 13, 2004
    Country Fair

    1. Oregon Country Fair
    2. Eugene Celebration
    3. Art and the Vineyard

    First or second week of July. A hippie gathering from round' the globe. Lots of music, food, crafts, nature, drugs, and naked hippies.

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    Best Saturday Market Booth

    by bhorton Updated Feb 13, 2004

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    Saturday Market

    1. Ritta's Burritos
    2. Bangkok Grill
    3. Dana's Cheesecake

    Two dozen food booths serving delicious international foods and over 300 artisans sell fine locally handcrafted goods.

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    by isolina_it Written Aug 29, 2003

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    I personally enjoyed walking in the woods, among oaks and pines. It is very peaceful, among squirrels and deers. How sweet!

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  • Crater Lake is one of the most...

    by scooter3 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world... The water always looks so still and perfect.. Crater Lake is about a 2 hour drive southeast of Eugene...

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  • Fabulous ceramics show every fall ...

    by donamama Written Mar 28, 2004
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    Each October the local ceramic artists gather at the County Fairgrounds to display (and sell) their best works. One of the premier art/craft venues in the northwest.

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