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Continue to learn about Oregon - the host state of the 2018 International Rally, June 23-30, 2018 - in Part Two of this Blue Beret series.

By RG Coleman, #3504

If you go to Portland…TV Guide lists the IFC network’s Portlandia as an absurdist satire. Locals recognize it as a documentary. Don’t be surprised if you see someone on a unicycle playing the tuba, or are asked if you want organic hemp in your macchiato.  Portlandia is also astatue; a decorative masterpiece perched over the doorway of the controversial Michael Graves building downtown.The heroic sculpture, the second-largest copper statue in the United States after the Statue of Liberty.  Nicknames for Portland include “The City of Roses”, “Stumptown”, “Bridgetown”- 12 beautiful bridges span the river that bisects the city - and “Little Beirut”, coined by a member of George H.W. Bush’s administration. (Passionate protests flared whenever Bush or his VP Dan Quayle came to town.)

Of pints and pinots Well over 250 breweries throughout the state produce award-winning craftbeers, and more than 30,000 acres of wine grapes are grown. The Salem area is home to dozens of wineries and tasting rooms to explore while you’re in town for the Rally.  The top variety wine produced is the famous Oregon Pinot Noir from the valley wine region near Salem - served at the White House since the 1980s by Presidents wishing to impress foreign dignitaries.

Funny Oregon town names Remote. Drain. Riddle. Boring. Is it? Yes, kind of. The town of Boring is also literally on the road to Damascus. There’s a joke in there somewhere.

Don’t complain about the rain If you Airstream to Oregon from the East Coast you’ll be driving through the desert.  Oregon is geographically two states, with a dry (brown) side east of the Cascade Range and a wet (green) side on the other.  The green side includes the Oregon coast and the fertile Willamette Valley near Salem.  Oregonians on the greenside are well aware of and even embrace the relentless, soggy, depressing grey weather most of the year.  They’ve heard every joke. (What do you call two straight days of rain in Oregon? A weekend. What does daylight-saving time mean in Portland? An extra hour of rain. What did the Oregonian say to thePillsbury Doughboy? Nice tan.) Here’s the good news, though: don’t expect rain during the International Rally! Highs will be in the upper 70s and Salem in the summer is much, much drier than either Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Martha’s Vineyard or Jackson Center. (Pack an umbrella anyway - just in case.)


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