Autumn in Eugene

Service on both our Airstream and our Ford truck require us to hang out in Eugene, Ore. a few days. I am perfectly fine with this short delay as I am in no hurry to return to Phoenix. A quick look at my iPhone Weather Channel app confirms it’s still too hot there. It’s just WRONG to see 90-degree temps in November! Meanwhile, autumn is in full-scale glory here on the south end of the Williamette River.

Eugene is a college town, home of the University of Oregon Ducks. If one is into college football, Oregon is heaven on earth. The pine-green and bright golden-yellow logo is posted everywhere here, and it’s not uncommon for most of the people one sees to be dressed in Duck clothing and accessories. This was particularly true yesterday as we watched Oregon take down USC in a much-awaited PAC-12 rivalry battle.

The campus is beautiful and as we drove by it, Scott reminded me that the movie Animal House was filmed here.

We’ve enjoyed good food, Oregon wine and a nice variety of brew pubs here. Our hotel is just across the street from North Bank, a restaurant/pub specializing in local foods and ingredients.

North Bank stands along a lazy stretch of the Willamette where in the 1850s, a ferry crossing was established by the town’s founder, Eugene Skinner. Skinner’s land claim on the opposite side of the Willamette evolved into downtown Eugene. By the 1880s, Skinner’s Ferry had given way to the more permanent Ferry Street Bridge, which today crosses the river at virtually the same location.

One of the best meals I’ve enjoyed while on our trip was North Bank’s Pumpkin Gnocchi, rich with whole roasted garlic gloves and a butter-sage sauce. Paired with a Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown, it was perfect. And you can’t beat the view. After our lunch, we walked along the foot path that runs the length of the river.

I remind myself to soak up as much autumnal bliss as I can as we’ll be back in Phoenix before I can blink.

 


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2 Comments

  1. Tammy
    Nov 5, 2012

    Beautiful fall photos Janie. Enjoy every minute of it although our evenings are cooling down beautifully now.

  2. Janie
    Nov 5, 2012

    Thanks, Tammy. Glad to hear the evenings temps are more in line with my idea of fall! Hope you are doing well.

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