Excerpt from “Bend, Oregon”
I live on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains, in the high desert of Central Oregon, far away from the northeastern hardwood forests where my husband and I grew up. Oregon? our families asked when we told them we were moving, Why Oregon? They pronounced it like easterners: Ore-gone. Why did we want to go there? Ore-gone is far away, Ore-gone is wet and gray, even wetter and grayer than Cleveland and Syracuse, where they live. Why would we choose that?
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