Tip #1:

Driving Is Different Here.

Just when the posted speed limit goes up, a sharp curve can make high speeds unsafe.  Watch out for deer and elk even when there is no sign warning a crossing.  Don't assume the guy in front has slowed because he's asleep.  He might have sighed deer or elk along the road.
Above: Scenic Historic Hwy 101 wraps around North Coast’s Neahkahnie Headland.  I love the signs, “Watch for falling rocks.”  I have yet to see a sign that tells me what to do should I spy one.

“If It’s Tourist Season,

Why Can’t We Shoot Them?”

Oregon roads produce friction between regular users and visitors.  Too many great places are on narrow roads with tight curves that climb hills.  Because vehicles are unable to travel at the same speed up hill and around curves, Oregon highways are designed with “passing lanes” and “turnouts.”  Too often visitors mistake these our passing lanes for the beginning of a freeway and speed up.  WRONG choice.  There is nothing more irritating than a car that travels at 50 or less in a 55 mph zone and then speeds to 65+ in the passing lane.  Check your rear view mirror.  If there are 4 or more cars on your bumper, move to the right lane of the passing section and maintain your 50 or less mph speed and allow those who know how to take the curves without stomping on the breaks to pass.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

How did the critter

get across the road?

Seaside Oregon Elk
Hopefully not by mistaking
your vehicle for a trampoline.
Above: Buck (male deer) Seaside Oregn
Don’t believe the signs.
They’ll cross anywhere.

Don't Deer love the shadows.  They are invisible until they step into headlights.  I hit one in broad daylight, in a populated area near Gearhart.  He jumped out of a hedge, landed on the road’s shoulder, his next leap landed him on the hood of my car.  He died.  I survived.  Sometimes it’s the other way around.  In the mid-1900s, elk became so rare on the North Oregon Coast that Roosevelt Elk were introduced at Saddle Mountain.  Today they are everywhere.  They are horse size and if you hit one, your car may sustain serious damage. Please watch the road’s shoulders as much as you watch the center line.  They rarely travel alone.  If you see one, know there are others nearby.

Deer and Elk are interesting to watch.  Please view them from a safe distance. New residents on the North Coast can get frustrated.  Deer and elk will eat flowers and vegetables.  I had a deer to eat my strawberry leaves and my green onions. Yet the North Coast would not be the North Coast without them, and after all, they were here first.  Try a work-around, such as planting things they don’t like to eat, or use fencing or deer netting to protect your garden.

What to Bring

Weather can be from 50 to 100 degrees.  Most likely 70 - 80 degrees.  BUT can change 30 degrees in 18 hours, and varies within a few miles.  Wear layers.  A rain coat always a good idea.  Forget the umbrella; they are useless here. If you forget the raincoat, a large trash bag makes a nice substitute.
A few pics of things others have found necessary to bring to the North Oregon Coast.
Above: Things folks bring to enjoy the beach

It's OrEgun

"It's OrEgun" pages are devoted to chuckles, fiction, facts, the arts, and visitor information. There are tips for tourists, those recently moved to Oregon, and those dreaming of both. It’s mostly about life on Oregon’s North Coast and in the greater Portland area, from the viewpoint of a 3rd generation Oregonian..


Know Your

True Born Oregonian

When You Spy One

Each year thousands of visitors snap millions of photos,  only to later discover they have taken pictures of other tourists.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Pics on this page will help you identify True Born Oregonians.
True Born Oregonians tend to blend into their surroundings making them difficult to spy.  The best viewing spot is at the beach during heavy rain. True Born Oregonians are the only ones out walking along the shore.  Their habits tend to give them away.  During stormy winter weather, they park their cars facing into the wind.  During rain, they often wear hoodies, turning the head down and to the left to keep the face dry.  As a result they recognize each other by their shoes for that's about all they can see. 

The rumor that True Born Oregonians all have webbed feet has not been proven, but they are able to walk between raindrops, arrive at their destination without getting wet. 

(Above a joke.  Below is true.)

A True Born Oregonian is
one with at least one parent born in Oregon.  They are a precious few.  In the late 1960's only 1 in 5 born in Oregon had a parent born in Oregon.  Only 1 in 7 (or was it 10?) born in Oregon had both parents born in Oregon.  Viewing below stats, I would guess the ratios are the same or smaller today.

Of Those Living in Oregon
Born in Oregon:              39.8%

Born Other USA States   46.6%
and Territories:

Born Foriegn Countries:  13.4%

Many listed above as born in Oregon, were born to parents who had moved here from other places.  Just over 10 percent of those living in Oregon were born in Washington; 10 percent were born in California.  1.5 percent of less were born in each of the following States:  IL, NY, TX, ID, MN, MI, CO.  I meet more folks from Arizona than any of above.  I guess they don't actually "live" here; they just summer here.  Of those, who have moved to Oregon from foreign countries, under 4 percent were born in Mexico; less than 1 percent each were born in Vietnam, Korea, Ukraine, Canada, China, Philippines, India, Germany and Russia.

Source: http://mkn.research.pdx.edu/2010/05/population-dynamics/
Extracted from US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2005-2007 PUMS data  (Note: Source provides a lot more info in an interesting read.)
In some States, it’s would be considered strange to meet a prison guard who is an excellent artist, or a logger who is a sculptor. In some places it would be strange to see a ballerina using a crowbar to dig up rocks. But in OrEgun, such combinations exist.  In some places, surfers are considered lazy beach bums, but in OrEgun, they are athletes and many other things.  For example, when surfer Lyndsey Faulkner closes her shop, Leeward Surf and Sea, she transforms into a layout design artist.  When her husband comes home from building trails and putting out fires for the Forest Service, he likes to cook, compose music, and play guitar.  Perhaps the strangest combo I ever met, was my dad’s hunting partner.  He was a gruff old codger - could probably stare down a grizzly.  He was a steel worker by trade, yet, he loved to crochet.  He used the smallest needles, thinest threads to make huge tablecloths.  They were magnificent.  So, if you come to visit Oregon, don’t be surprised by who is doing what.  If you choose to stay in Oregon, you’ll be outnumbered if you choose to remain in your mold. Join the creative freedom of the OrEgun life.

The Arts and Artists

Oregon Inspires.  Inspiration creates art.  Unique works such as Josh Blewett's Chainsaw Art, can be found in small shops along the highways.  Fine Art Galleries and Associations are found in almost every town along the coast.  The Arts are alive and well in "The Valley."  Troy Fox, Almost Free Comics, formerly of Astoria, Oregon, now has his base in Newberg, Oregon.   Performing Artists are as prevalent as the visual artists.  The Astor Street Opry Company’s “Shanghaied In Astoria” is a must see in Astoria, Oregon. The Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach offers a wide variety of live performances.  Portland has almost too many to list.  Internationally known Imago Theatre Company of Portland, offers a unique brand of entertainment that should not be missed.
See List
and also see Chainsaw and Wood Arts on Zandnace's Salute to Trees.

OrEgun Dialect

For decades, Oregon's long time residents have verbally corrected others, “It’s OrEgun!”    Bumper stickers have been produced, “Orygun,” pointing out the “E” sounds like “Y” as in “Mary”. Phone calls have been placed to TV and Radio stations when a news reporter calls it “ORaGone.”  US political candidates have swept through the State only to lose votes by calling this “The Great State of Aragon.” 



Origin of OrEgun Dialect

True Born Oregonians  communicate with each other in a unique dialect developed to prevent drowning from inhaled rainwater while speaking.  Phrases begin with the inhale and finish with the exhale and are often shortened in the process.  For example, “2yeat dinnur,” is “We are on our way to eat, dinner.”  "Guhday" is "Good Day."
Higher than 5,000 ft elevation; has snow on top all year.
Under 5,000 ft elevation, or does not have snow in summer.
Table Top
Level land on top of a hill
Level land often on the side of a hill
Rolling land 0 - 400 ft elevation
Low broad flatland between hills and/or mountains, often with U-shaped sides.
Narrow with V-shaped sides.
Small Canyon
A natural trench dug out by a creek
Big enough for a ship
Big enough for a canoe
Too small for a canoe
Water oozing from ground.
2 kinds:  Year Round flows all year; Seasonal dries up in summer.
Or-ee-GOHN-ee-uns Never Give Up
Trying to Walk on Water
True Born Oregonians can get quite grumpy when you disturb their nests, so please, put your trash in the garbage cans.
Above: A True Born Oregonian’s street serves as private swimming pool for neighborhood kids.
Wisdom 4
Tomorrow can be a good day,
even if it rains.

Or-ee-GOHN-ee-uns Dictionary

It Never just Rains in OrEgun
we just have:

True Born Oregonian

Wisdom 1

There is beauty in all things. 
Sometimes it takes a lot of looking to find it.
Wisdom 2
Make use of that which is
given, or left behind.
Where there is rain, there is mud.
Mud is a given left behind.
Wisdom 3
Mud splatters on a vehicle are a measure of pleasure, a badge of honor.
Warm heavy rain and wind, can melt snow pack in hours.
Wind and rain, cold or warm, not as intense as a Chinook; wind gusts usually under 70 mph.
Gully Washers
Heavy downpour, enough to flood a gully.
Coming Down in Buckets
Heavy downpour, often shorter than a Gully Washer
Fine, tiny droplets of water traveling horizontally due to wind
Soaks a person to the bone, just getting from car to store
Droplets of water falling vertically for less than 2 hours. (usually plural)
Big drops for a short time, often accompanied  by rainbows
Small to Medium size drops, gets you damp but not wet
Drops  widely spaced. A good Oregonian can walk thru them without getting wet.
Small drops
Tiny drops, hardly gets you damp
Tinier drops than Fine
Partly Cloudy
Depends on where you’re standing if it’s raining or not.
Partly Sunny
An Optimist’s term for partly cloudy.
Sun Break
Used by weather reporters when they get tired of saying “showers.”
Mud Puddle
A temporary lake normally less than a foot deep, lasting less than 6 months.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2021
© = R. W. Faulkner
How much
did it rain 1884-2020?
pics of past.

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Is there now more or less rain?