Oregon's birthday is a big deal for Teri and I. We love the Beaver State. We think there should be a state holiday called Pioneer Day, a little like Massachusetts' Patriots Day, except with more fireworks.
Oregon this year is celebrating the big 153. We became a state in 1859, and that event just happened to occur on Valentine's Day. This makes Oregon a state for lovers.
Virginia claims this slogan now, but I think it is one that can be shared with a state 3,000 miles to the west. There is a lot to love about Oregon, from sea level to ski level, from the rainy and lush Willamette Valley to the barren high desert of Eastern Oregon.
Teri does a desk calendar each year in celebration of Oregon's diverse beauty. The calendar is also a tribute to her late mother Helen, who died of leukemia in 2003. Helen loved Oregon, and took the three kids on educational tours of the state every chance she got. Her love was passed along to Teri, and I am the beneficiary of this geographical passion.
Oregon is for lovers, no doubt about it.