The beautiful Beaver State is full of amazing people and places. From the forests and mountains to the cities and towns, there are so many wonderful things to experience. To help make the majority of those experiences positive ones, we’ve compiled a list of things to watch out for in Oregon. From rushhour to rattlesnakes, here are a few things we’d all rather avoid:
11. Going camping without waterproof gear and tarps
When you're camping in Oregon, never forget to prepare for rain.
10. Rush hour
Rush hour in Portland (as well as other metropolitan areas) is just the worst. Avoid it at all costs!
9. Going to the Oregon State Fair when you're on a diet
So many cinnamon rolls and hot dogs... how could anyone resist?
8. Touching poison oak
Poison oak is relatively avoidable, but having a reaction is incredibly unpleasant.
7. Going hiking without telling anyone where you'll be
In case something happens or you get lost, it's always best to let someone know where you'll be hiking.
Rattlesnakes may be more common to the southwestern states, but central and southern Oregon is actually home to a fair amount of Western Rattlesnakes.
5. Going skiing without sunscreen
Sunshine + reflective snow + high elevation = the perfect ski-goggle sunburn.
4. Of course, don't forget sunscreen in the summer either!
I laughed out loud at the "computer programming" model.
3. Stumbling across a cougar or black bear
Violent encounters with these animals are rare, but you definitely want to be careful, especially if there is food around or the animals are protecting their babies.
2. Hiking during hunting season without the proper brightly-colored clothes
Wear bright orange or avoid hiking in hunting areas altogether. Oh, and definitely don't wear a fur coat.
1. Taking this beautiful state for granted
Don't forget to appreciate every moment you get to spend in Oregon.