Category: Found in My Own Backyard

In Oregon, Naturally

In Oregon, Naturally

Oregon has many beautiful, natural areas.

Here are just a few of many that are located between the Cascades and the Coast.

 

Each of these films has aired on non-commercial community television stations in the U.S.

“McKenzie Power” was nominated for “Best Documentary” and “Best Oregon Film” at the January 2019 Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival in Portland, Oregon.

“The Sweetness of Spring” was named “Best Inspirational Film” at the 2019 Clatskanie International Film Festival at Clatskanie, Oregon and was a finalist for an award at the 2019 45th Parallel Film Festival in Salem, Oregon.

In Oregon: On the Trail of Ale

In Oregon: On the Trail of Ale

The first evening in our new hometown of Eugene, Oregon, my wife and I walked to a grocery store across the street from our temporary lodgings to purchase some take-out food for dinner.

While my wife searched in vain for an already-chilled bottle of white wine—that store provides a “quick-chilling” vat of liquid so customers can cool a bottle of wine to the temperature they desire rather than picking it out of a refrigeration case—she suddenly exclaimed “They must sell at least 500 different beers!”

(Pond Skipper Flickr Photo)

Welcome to Oregon, where “Beer” is one of the state’s unofficial “Four Food Groups,” along with “Coffee,” “Wine,” and “Everything Else.”

And while there are over five hundred wineries in the Willamette Valley, don’t ask me how many places make beer.

But there are “a lot,” or at least “plenty” to keep you tasting and drinking your life away, at least for a good while.

And an excellent way to find and drink beer is to take a trek, long or short, along the “Eugene Ale Trail.”

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San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

Like any large city, San Francisco has a myriad of government owned parks and plazas that are open to the public.

But unknown to many “locals” as well as visitors, are “Privately-Owned Public Open Space” (also know by the acronym, “POPOS”).

( David McSpadden Flickr Photo)
( David McSpadden Flickr Photo)

The city’s Planning Department says that they are “publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets that are provided and maintained by private developers. In San Francisco, POPOS mostly appear in the Downtown office district area.”

The Department also points out that the city “has a ‘1% Art Program’ that requires that large projects in the Downtown and nearby neighborhoods provide public art that equals at least 1% of the total construction cost.”

But how do you find these places?

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