If you’ve ever spent a significant amount of time living in Oregon, you understand just how unique this beautiful state truly is. Naturally, growing up here is likely to leave an imprint on your personality and day to day life. Here are 13 side effects that could come along with growing up in the Beaver State:
13. Wanting to spend every free minute out in nature.
If there's something all Oregonians share, it's a deep love and appreciation for nature. Whether its hiking, swimming, camping, biking, fishing, mountaineering, or surfing, there's nothing better than having fun outdoors.
12. Acquiring a unique taste in sweets.
From Voodoo Doughnuts to Salt & Straw, Oregon has certainly made a name for itself when it comes to unique gourmet desserts. The whole state is full of amazing and innovative ice cream shops, donut shops, chocolatiers, candy makers, bakeries, and more.
11. Taking the scenic route.
The Beaver State is undeniably one of the most scenic areas in the country, and one great way to experience its beauty is to take a lovely drive on the backroads that wind their way through all kinds of stunning scenery.
10. The rain can't stop us.
Let's face it, Oregon is rainy. (At least, a huge section of it is.) The rain is what makes our forests so lush and green, after all. When you spend a significant amount of time living in Oregon, you learn to not let the rain get in your way -- you simply put on your rain jacket and follow your heart where ever it leads you.
9. Having an intense love for our favorite teams.
Early on, Oregonians tend to pick a side: Ducks or Beavers. For those who aren't into football, Oregon is also home to beloved basketball teams, soccer teams, and more.
8. Reusing, reducing, and recycling.
Overall, Oregon is a pretty environmentally conscious place. We learn at a young age to be responsible and do our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
7. Developing a deep appreciation for all kinds of landscapes, from deserts and beaches to forests and mountains.
Oregon is home to all kinds of amazing scenery, from expansive deserts and snowcapped mountains to old growth forests and rugged coastlines. We're lucky enough to get to see many different environments, without even leaving the state.
6. Getting spoiled by views like this...
Seeing incredible views on a regular basis can, at times, lead to us taking them for granted... but for many of us, it's just as astonishing day after day.
5. Choosing to eat local foods.
Oregon is home to countless amazing farms, orchards, wineries, and more, growing the freshest, most magically delicious foods and drinks. What more could we ask for?
4. Not pumping our own gas.
Oregon is one of the only places in the country where it's illegal to pump your own gas. Many of us will drive for years without ever learning how to fill up a car on our own.
3. Learning the difference between craft brews.
Oregon is full of beer lovers. All throughout the state, you'll find hundreds of awesome craft breweries making an amazing variety of delicious beers. Acronyms like IBU and IPA are no stranger to Oregonians.
2. Finding all of the best hidden gems.
When you spend a considerable amount of time living in Oregon, you're bound to do some exploring. Whether it's the amazing mom & pop hole-in-the-wall restaurant or a secret swimming hole, you're sure to collect at least a few favorite hidden gems.
1. Oregon will always be home, sweet home.
Living in Oregon is a unique experience, and one that many of us wouldn't trade for anything.