10 minutes to Oregon

Willamette River from Parrot Mountain, copyright © M.O. Stevens

After my morning workout in the gym this morning I decided to head out for a drive, searching to find Snake Den State Park in nearby Johnston, Rhode Island. I drove around it for a bit, never finding the parking lot and access to the trails. (This appears to be because the directions from the site are inaccurate; I believe the entrance to be on another road than the one named in the aforementioned directions.)

But what was interesting was what I did find. I drove up Route 6 (the ever-winding highway that travels east from Bishop, California to Provincetown, Massachusetts), and turned onto Brown Avenue.

Once I did that, I nearly immediately came across farmland and felt transported 3,000 miles to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where I grew up. I felt a sense of nostalgia as I drove along that country road for a few minutes.

Eventually, I gave up trying to find the entrance to the park and instead resolved to find it another time. But that was a great start to my day, and sent me off to find this great shot from M.O. Stevens.


One Reply to “10 minutes to Oregon”

  1. Did you ever find the park? If not, remind me to tell you. I love that farm you drove by, which is Dame Farm. When I need a quick get-away from the city I take a ride to Brown Ave and my spirits are lifted when I see the farm. I try to shop there for fresh veggies and take my kids there for pumpkins in the fall.

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