…Oregon City, Oregon, above Willamette Falls, at the end of the Oregon Trail, in the original State Capitol, with the only vertical street in the US, and where the classic 80’s movie Homer and Eddie was filmed. At that time, the town was so in need of a bar that locals had tried to order drinks in a prop stage for the movie, thinking that a good thing had happened but alas, no. I spent my youth building forts in the forest with our neighborhood gaggle, astounding at the deep grooves in the forest floor that were remnants of the pioneers traversing and the deep cuts in the large stumps that had once been the Old Growth Douglas Firs. I remember sitting on a boulder with my two friends for the last time after it had been announced that the forest would be razed for a subdivision, all of us appreciating the magic that had been our youth. I was 10.