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O is for Oregon and the Years of Poetry, Rain, Lava and the Coast, A to Z Challenge 2013

Margaret and Wayne Oregon Coast
Margaret and Wayne Oregon Coast, 1991. Photo by Bert Almon.

 

O is for Oregon, where Stratoz and I lived from 1990-1993.  I had enrolled in the MFA program at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and we drove our belongings in a red Honda Civic Hatchback, with a car-top carrier almost as big as the car itself.  Our families enjoyed our stay in Oregon, because of the dramatic beauty of the landscape, and the opportunity to visit the rocky coastline, the Three Sisters mountains, the lava beds from the Sisters’ start as volcanos, and waterfalls,  all of which were within two hours drive from Eugene.   It rained all winter, and then the summer was hot and dry.

Margaret and Wayne on Lava Bed
Margaret and Wayne on Lava Bed, 1991. Photo by Bert Almon.

The University of Oregon had a beautiful art museum, across the quad from my teaching assistant office in the English Department.  The doors had graceful  ironwork by I. K. Tuerck, and the squirrel motif was my favorite.  Oregon was where Stratoz and I got married in 1992.

Squirrel Ironwork at University of Oregon Art Museum
Squirrel Ironwork by I. K. Tuerck at University of Oregon Art Museum, 1992. Photo by Margaret Almon.

 

My previous A to Z posts.

More images on my A to Z Challenge 2013 Pinterest Board.

A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2013

 

18 comments

  1. mary aalgaard says:

    A very special place for you!
    I linked to both yours and Stratoz’s blog for my P post. I think you’ll like it. Millie and Willie want to invite you over for coffee!

  2. Snowcatcher says:

    Another new thing I didn’t know about you… getting married in Oregon. Great shots of you and Stratoz early. Love shots such as this that give us a glimpse into a time seemingly so long ago.

  3. Amanda says:

    I love the photos and story! We got married outside our home state, too, and I’m grateful for the excuse to travel back there for future anniversaries 🙂

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