To quote the lady from the Sound of Music. Here are a few of my favorite things.
TrackTown, USA. However, I took several years off. I have been running consistently for the last 3 years since my Wii Fit told me I was almost overweight. :) However, running in the heat sucks, and yes Dad it took me getting a M.S. in kinesiology to figure out that running in the heat is hard. For the last several years I have lived in places where it gets flipping hot, and unless I could make it to the beach, I had a very difficult time running during the day. Not to mention the fact that I rarely felt like I had the time to go run on a surface other than asphalt. There is something different about Eugene. There are running trails everywhere, and even when it is hot, running through the innumerable trees makes it feels a million times better. Hopefully I will be able to do some good training and break a 1:30 half marathon.
It doesn't hurt that that they also hold the US Championships and Olympic trials at historic Hayward Field. Plus they filmed the movie Animal House here way back when!
Redwoods in California (~2-3 hour drive), Crater Lake (~2 hour drive) and the coast (~1 hour drive). All three of these places have been completely different, but they are amazing. Driving to the coast this past weekend was amazing. You would have never known that you were miles from the coast, until all of the sudden it was there. My hope is that one day I will get to see elk on, or near the beach, that the caution signs warn about.
Then there is the fact that we are really close to some other cool places, like Puget Sound/Olympic National Park, Mt. Ranier, Mt. Hood, Victoria Island and all the other stuff that I don't even know is here. We already have two other trips planned preliminarily (Coos Bay and Smith Rock), and I am sure that these weekend escapes will be what keeps me sane.
University of Oregon
I don't think I will ever be a Ducks homer. I am definitely Cougar through and through and always will be. However, I am looking forward to going to U of O sporting events. I will probably only go to one football game in Eugene this year, and that will be when USC comes to town, because I have heard that is a great atmosphere. Not to mention, the campus is beautiful, it is close to home (I walk 15 minutes to work everyday). Don't worry Zach I won't ever root for their lacrosse team.
Eugene 3rd Ward
We have been to church twice, and have felt really welcome and like we will fit in. It is really nice that several other families from the ward live in the same complex as us, especially the Gomez's who live upstairs from us. I especially like the 9:00 start time, but will be a bit sad when we swtich to 11:30 at the beginning of the year.
So there are my initial thoughts on Eugene. It looks like it will be a busy 3-5 years (Hopefully closer to 3), but it looks like it will be a place where we have loads of fun as well.