One of the highlights of Costa Rica was visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, an 810 acre oasis of very dense greenery. The place we visited had a bunch of hanging bridges that made it possible to peer into the canopy of the forest. It also offered some of the world’s longest zip lines, which we considered halfheartedly. But my father and I both were more interested in seeing animals and taking pictures than taking the time to harness up and ride the lines. Not that they were scary or anything hundreds of feet off the ground, just that our priorities were the images, like the one today!
OREGON AS THE MOST POPULAR STATE?
Have you heard about the annual United Van Line’s migration study that tracks moves in the US? Turns out Oregon came out on top in 2013 with more than 61% of all interstate moves being for people coming to live in the state. Apparently, the draw includes our great public transit, plentiful green space, mild weather, affordable homes, and our local arts and entertainment scene. I’m sure it also doesn’t hurt that Portland ranks number one for best beer towns!
While all of this is fine and dandy, and I understand why folks would want to leave states notorious for tornados, floods, and fires, Oregon also has its challenges! All the new comers not surprisingly has led to horrible traffic problems. Public education leaves much to be desired. And then there is the rain and giant killer tarantulas that seem to come out of nowhere at night and bite you, though the moving companies rarely tell you this sort of thing.