Places that slip through the cracks.

When I first moved to Corvallis, which happened on September 1st, 2020, I was so excited to be in a new place and I voraciously explored my first few days and weeks here. As I settled in, I picked out a few "favorite" places, as well as spending more time going outside of the city.

For that reason, there are key places that I went in my first few days here that I haven't been to for months.

A little bit about Corvallis, for those who aren't familiar with the area (Although the one person who usually reads this is, of course). Corvallis is between hills in the west and north, and the wetlands around the Willamette and Marys River to the east and south. More or less. Corvallis, like much of Oregon, is also between an oceanic and Mediterranean climate. Pine trees or oak woodlands! Anyway, despite the large amount of exploring I do, I have not been to the hills to the west since March, or possibly May depending on how we look at it, and I haven't been to the open oak woodlands on the hills to the north since November. And these places aren't hard to get to: they are literally like two linear miles from my home. But I haven't gone there, despite finding it in me to take 50 mile bicycle round trips.

Anyway, this Friday, I did go there, and it was interesting to see how different this place was, even though it was so close to me. Some of the plants I saw there were slightly different than along the river, and some were similar, but growing in a slightly different way. So it was nice to get that reframing of my surroundings.

Also, it underscores how much of an embarrassment of riches there is here. With one year here, there are many places I haven't gone at all, and many places I have only gone once or twice. Looking forward to seeing and doing more things! :)

פורסם על-ידי mnharris mnharris, אוגוסט 02, 2021 09:24 לפנה"צ

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