# 93 Drift the McKenzie River

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Feb 212018
 

The famous McKenzie River is truly one of the most beautiful and easy-to-enjoy rivers in the world. This partially spring-fed river originates high in the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range at Collier Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in North America, and is located on the western slope of the Middle Sister, in the remote Three Sisters Wilderness. The McKenzie begins its decent, rumbling and tumbling its way westward through the lush green foothills of the Cascade Mountains and picturesque Willamette National Forest. Cutting its way through heavily-forested canyons, the river slows briefly as if to enjoy the beauty it helped to create at Clear lake. The crystal clear, blue McKenzie continues its journey westward, cascading through pure stands of Douglas fir and western red cedar, mixed in with white alder and big leaf maple along the banks. This is where the “Wild & Scenic” section begins, near Olallie Campground. This section is ideal for fly fishing and can be accessed at many points along the McKenzie River Highway (SR-126). Fly fishing from a McKenzie style drift boat allows the angler to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the river whilst casting a fly to hungry trout. Wild osprey fly overhead looking for fish as you float past charming cottages, nestled in a lush forest setting with colorful wildflowers in full bloom. A number of local rafting outfitters are available to make your trip along the McKenzie both safe and fun.

 

 

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# 94 Plan to Take a Dive & See Exotic Aquatic Life

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Feb 202018
 

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Join Eugene Skin Divers Supply to experience one of the best dives on the Oregon Coast.  With the help of the professionals at Eugene Skin Divers Supply you can experience the Guest Diver Program held at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  Dive in the 26 foot deep Halibut Flats Exhibit surrounded by Rockfish, Halibut, Skates and Sturgeon.  Then get ready for your next dive which will be in the Open Sea exhibit with hundreds of sharks, including a 10 foot Broadnose Sevengill.

If that is not enough adventure for you, Eugene Skin Divers Supply can help you create your own underwater memory with rental gear and expert local knowledge of the surrounding dive sites up and down the Oregon coastline.  Since 1956 Eugene Skin Divers Supply has been Oregon’s number one dive facility for training, sales, rental and amazing customer service.

CALL:  541-342-2351

WHERE: 1090 West 6th Ave – Eugene

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www.eugeneskindivers.com

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# 95 Let Your Imagination GO With LEGOs!

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Feb 192018
 

Brick Builders is a creative hub for all Lego enthusiasts. Where you can build all of your Lego dreams, brick by brick. Find that special part you’ve been looking for, build a masterpiece, or shop till you drop for LEGOs! You’ll likely find LEGOs you didn’t know existed, and then some.  Brick Builders is the place to be for LEGO enthusiasts of any age.  Let your imagination go! The ultimate LEGO haven awaits you at Brick Builders. Brick Builders buys, sells and trades LEGOS.

WHERE: 1133 Willamette Street – Eugene

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Contact their knowlegeable staff at 541-954-9886 or find them on Facebook and watch for upcoming events.

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# 96 Discover Art from Around the Globe

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Feb 182018
 

Visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene for cultural exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art from around the world in a variety of media. The museum recently underwent a major renovation and expansion project and the facility has nearly doubled in size. Visitors can visit galleries featuring American, European, Korean, Chinese and Japanese art, and can take a break in the Campbell Memorial Courtyard. Private and public tours of the permanent and traveling exhibits are available. Have lunch at the Marche Museum Café and drop in the gift shop to take home a souvenir. The museum is located on the western side of the University of Oregon’s campus next to the Knight Library. For more information, call (541) 346-3027.

WHERE: 1430 Johnson Lane – Eugene

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jsma.uoregon.edu

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# 97 Shop for Local Handcrafted Goods

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Feb 172018
 

Each Saturday, April through mid-November, Lane County’s favorite artisans, chefs and musicians bring their creations to Saturday Market, Eugene’s weekly open-air marketplace, creating a vibrant event that nurtures local commerce and community. Founded in May of 1970, Eugene’s Saturday Market is Oregon’s original Saturday Market, and the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the United States. Wander among the nearly 200 booths filled with fine handcrafts, sold by the artisans themselves. Jewelers, potters, seamstresses, candle makers, glass workers and many more bring their arts to sell. The International Food Court features 18 food booths serving a wide array of meals prepared fresh on site, including burritos, pad thai, pizza and cheesecake. The Market Stage showcases local and regional musicians playing everything from original folk to jazz, Celtic music to rock-and-roll all day long. The Lane County Farmers Market is just across the street each Saturday. Two nearby parking structures provide plenty of free parking, and the area is fully wheelchair accessible. The Market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through mid-November, on the Park Blocks at the corner of 8th and Oak in downtown Eugene. For more information, call (541) 686-8885.

WHERE: 126 East 8th – Eugene

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www.eugenesaturdaymarket.org

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# 98 Pamper Yourself at Nails Uncorked

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Feb 162018
 

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The goal at Nails Uncorked is to not only help you design and build your dream nails, but to make the process easy and enjoyable for you. They are a full-service salon with a wide range of services including manicures, pedicures, nail extensions, waxing, and many other services to give a new nail experience.

 Nails Uncorked also has a wine and beer bar to add to your experience. Let Nails Uncorked handle your special occasions as well. The perfect setting for a girl’s night out, birthdays and bachelorette parties!

Nails Uncorked is ready to bring out your good looks. Whether you’re hoping to get ready for a night out on the town or want to look great for that upcoming event, Nails Uncorked has you covered from head to toe. Stop by and check out what their staff of professional experts has to offer! Their team of professionals is committed to providing you with amazing service to make sure you go home happy. 

In Eugene, visit 3215 West 11th  Eugene 541-357-5491

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 Springfield, inside The Shoppes at Gateway, 3200 Gateway St., Suite 204, 458-201-8972.

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www.nailsuncorked.com

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# 99 Visit a Museum of Natural & Cultural History

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Feb 152018
 

Find out what the world was like thousands of years ago at the Natural and Cultural History Museum at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The museum holds one of Oregon’s most significant collections of Native American cultural and archaeological artifacts, spanning 15,000 years. Exhibits include a display of Oregon’s geological past with an interactive hands-on laboratory. There is also a fascinating exhibit dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The displays are not all about Oregon—there are artifacts from Africa, Asia, Europe and many other places. Altogether, these collections comprise more than half a million objects. The Natural and Cultural History Museum is located at 1680 E 15th Ave; for information and directions, call (541) 346-3024.

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# 100 Get Nose to Beak with Some Amazing Predators

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Feb 142018
 

lanker lorax lean smallNestled on a wooded hillside in southeast Eugene, the Cascade Raptor Center has one of the most extensive displays of native birds of prey in the Northwest. Take a walk on the wild side and view nearly 50 birds, from pygmy owls to eagles, all housed in spacious outdoor aviaries. The Cascade Raptor Center is a non-profit nature center and wildlife hospital specializing in birds of prey. Visitors can learn about the rich natural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Self-guided tours of the nature center allow visitors to see up-close both the common and hard to find raptors of Oregon. Educational displays guide visitors throughout the center, including details on each species on display. Open Tuesday – Sunday year round. Call (541) 485-1320 for more information.

WHERE: 32275 Fox Hollow Rd – Eugene

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CALL: 541-485-1320

www.eRaptors.org

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# 101 Stroll Through Hendricks Park

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Feb 132018
 

In the heart of bustling Eugene sits the beauty of the country at Hendricks Park. This 78-acre park has several different sections, including a world-renowned rhododendron garden. Over 5,000 rhododendrons can be found blooming during their peak months of April and May. There is also a mature forest with trails winding through, leading past white oaks and Douglas fir that are more than 200 years old. There is a native plant garden offering a chance to see the beauty of the distant Southern Willamette Valley. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park. A free guided tour of the premises can be reserved in advance. Hendricks Park is located on Summit Avenue off Fairmont Blvd. in Eugene. For more information, call (541) 682-4800.

www.eugene-or.gov

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