Orange Tour: Five things We’ve Learned at the Midway Point
1) We’re glad we don’t live in Texas. Or California. Our state is big enough to have wide open spaces and happy cities, and small enough to let us connect with people in every region. It also allows OSU to be truly a University of the state. The Orange and Black is everywhere, and not just in bumper stickers. Faculty, alumni, and students are in every county of the state doing work that matters to their communities, their families and the state as a whole.
2) People are kind. The enthusiasm we’ve met across the state has been overwhelming. We’ve been met with smiles, waves, offers for dinner and direction, and an enthusiasm for the tour that we’ve found sometimes surprising but always welcome.
3) People are proud. Proud to be Beavers and proud to be Oregonians.
4) In many rural areas, 4H is the primary horse in town for youth activities. From cooking and computer clubs to livestock programs and nutrition, 4H is helping communities come together and share life skills with their young people.
5) Three adults in one minivan for nine days is not enough. Oregon is more than Portland. It’s more than the Willamette Valley, or the Coast. Sometimes we forget that. We’re doing our best to share stories, photos, videos from around the state with you, but it’s not the same as the experience. Next year, we’re organizing a caravan of anyone who wants to come. We’ll go by bicycle and take a month to do it.*
*This is my dream. It’s not planned, and not approved. If you’re interested leave a comment.