Being outside is a wonderful privilege. There is something about experiencing the metamorphosis of elements that lends a feeling of peace to the soul, with the crisp fall air helping to rejuvenate a weary spirit and elevate demeanor as the days become darker and the sun goes down. Feel the wind on your skin as you bike across the I5 footbridge.
Be taken away with visions of a season at the end of its ripest hour. Tree tops pop so brilliantly from this height that one is reminded of the mythical truffula groves in Dr. Suess’ The Lorax. With everything so painted, it’s hard to remember when these were green. Leaves have thinned out and skies have begun to storm, their tonal slate blue adding refreshing, wintry ambiance to the bounty of color that remains throughout the surrounding streets of our town.
As far as events go, this is a pretty big weekend for Eugene, Cascades & Coast. Catch the last games of the Cascade Collegiate Conference soccer championships for men and women at Willamalane Recreation Center and take in the scenic views of hillsides and railcars as they roll slowly by. Stay for the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival featuring food selections and a vendor marketplace. Enjoy over 150 of the finest cider and craft brews from Oregon, Washington and California accompanied by live entertainment.
In Eugene this weekend, children are hoping with rain boots pulled high and umbrellas erect for the ultimate downpour! Mt. Pisgah will host their annual Play in the Rain Day where kids and families are invited to learn about the outdoors and get inspired to play year-round. Climb trees, make crafts and expect a visit from a forest favorite, Smokey the Bear!
For those trying to avoid this expected rain, visit EUCON, the Eugene Comic Con. Celebrate the best in comics and pop culture at the Lane Events Center with special guests, gaming, and more! Participate in cosplay and get as funky and realistic as you want with your costumes, because this event is entirely indoors.
Rainy days also provided an excellent excuse to curl up and watch a movie. The Eugene International Film Festival begins today and continues through Sunday. Sit back and enjoy screenings of international original films and state-side gems as filmmakers come together, host lectures and receive awards.
Enough about events, let’s get out and explore! Snow has set in the small towns of Eastern Oregon and is lightly dusting higher elevations in Central Oregon, as well. Coastal storms have shaken leaves from trees that border the ocean, and people are starting to bundle up and stay indoors.
You still can’t go wrong with a visit to the Gorge, though paths are slicker with recent rainfall. Maybe it’s time to check in on Latourel Falls, or make a day trip to Portland via the Willamette Valley, as both regions continue to wow. This week, however, we’d like highlight some colors of Southern Oregon.
Leaf hunters report that autumn is in full swing, with trees from Medford all the way to the Lake of the Woods standing out i
n dark orange and elegant brown. Mornings are very cold and the air stays biting as winters embrace takes hold. Vivid colors are still nestled where adventurers seek to find them.
For an interesting portrait of life, visit the Jacksonville Cemetery. Aging marble gravesites live harmoniously among fresh plant life, rustically manicured lawns mowed by the grazing of deer that roam. Hints of fall reflect in the landscape of trees and shrubbery.
Another beautiful natural site is Table Rock. This 7.2 mile hike has an elevation gain of 1570 feet and though it truly shines in the spring when covered with wildflowers, its tallness privies access to sweeping views of the land below.