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Adventures in Oregon

There are a multitude of reasons to live in the Northwest. People from all different walks of life and with diverse interests can all find something in the area to enjoy. But perhaps the things that attract people the most, or keep people the most interested are the huge selection of sports (professional and amateur) and outdoor activities. Oregonians are notoriously protective of their home, often encouraging misconceptions about their state. When people say, “Oregon, doesn’t it rain all the time there?” local residents just nod their heads publicly, but privately they tout the lush greenery, the generally warm and dry summers and the fact the rain isn’t all as frequent as outsiders may believe it to be. They also laugh quietly to themselves when those back east think of Portland and Oregon as a rural, farming kind of place, knowing that the sprawling cities encompass a diverse range of business from Intel to Nike all while thriving on their clean and green image.

Again, out of all those things, one of the main influences of those seeking Portland real estate, those wanting to make a home here is the love of sport and the outdoors. Oregon’s landscapes are wide and vast and, “varies from rain forest in the Coast Range to barren desert in the southeast.” The Oregon Coast is legendary for adventure, fun and romance (a popular honeymoon location). Nearby Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens are both visible from Portland itself. Crater Lake in southern Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States.

All of these different types of terrains, spread throughout the state make it an outdoor mecca. The fact that a huge number of these landmarks and destinations are within a day’s drive or less from the state’s largest city, Portland, make living there a very attractive proposition for outdoor lovers. The nearby mountains provide ample opportunity for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snow-caving, mountain hiking or even just running down the mountain on an inner-tube or sled. Hiking extends through numerous state parks, through the desert, along the coast or next one of the nearly uncountable waterfalls such as the famous Multnomah Falls. There are many rivers and streams for fishing, boating and even rafting. From hardened adventure trekking to simply taking in the sights and sounds there is truly something for everyone here.

If your interest in sport goes towards the more “organized” style, there is still much to capture your attention. Portland is home to the Portland Trail Blazers National Basketball Association team and the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer Team. Each of these teams adds to some of the nationally recognized nicknames for Portland, with Rip City and Soccertown, USA respectively. Portland is also home to the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (semi-pro). Add this to the growing backing and support for a Major League Baseball team and the state and city have most of the professional sports teams covered.

Beyond the professional level you can find a number of “fringe” sports as well, including lacrosse, rugby (through the Rose City Rugby League), Australian rules football, paintball, roller derb and Mixed Martial Arts (former champion Randy Couture’s camp is based in Portland). Rock climbing is hugely popular and there are plenty of places to do it. Portland also has auto racing through Portland International Raceway and the Woodburn Drags. Horse racing has been a part of the city since the 40’s. You’ll even find cricket here through the Oregon Cricket League. And of course as home to both Nike and Adidas Portland is a huge state for running.

Of course, residents would appreciate if you didn’t know or believe any of this. They like to keep the activities and the many Portland homes for sale that allow you to make them a permanent part of your life for themselves.