América do Norte
First off, it ain't Corvallis. It is not about urban options either. Yew-jean is that sweet spot in between. It drives partiers batty 'cause there's nowhere to drink and the clubs are minimal save a few drinkeries.
's biggest strength is the outdoors. If you run or cycle this is a great place to be. Ridgeline trail goes up along spencers butte (a great day hike) and runs across Fox Hollow and over to Dillard. Great running but muddy. And of course all the famed bark chip running trails. Cycling galore. Too much to put here. But be prepared for the beggars that gets old.
I spent an idyllic summer in
, in 1998. I would have stayed if I had found work. What people are calling "hippyness" are values I cherish: respect for the Earth that supports us, and our fellow human beings. At the same time, Eugene has a strong rural conservative component, making for an interesting mix. You might see a guy in a pickup with a gun rack right next to the one in the bike lane, pulling his child in the Oregon-made Burley bike trailer. I'll see you there for the Eugene Celebration, September 18-20!
If you are planning on moving to
as a musician or are planning to move your band here do yourself a big favor and bypass Eugene. You will get nowhere as everyone here plays for free. That is if you can even get anyone to let you play. Bypass Eugene and you will never regret it.
may feel small, which is part of its charm, but it is not a "small American city". The metropolitan area population ranks 22nd in the USA at about 2.2 million people.
rocks. It's awesome. I'm a climber and outdor nut and having so many options so close is really cool. Smith Rock and the Callahans, Three Sisters, and Mt. Hood. Rock on hard Eugene.
is a great city, filled with personality. The hippy-ness gets to me a little sometimes, but other than that, I have a wonderful time in Eugene.
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