Monday, June 2, 2008

Portland, Oregon

After a few days in Washington, I will be spending about a week in Portland, Oregon for an introductory programme before proceeding to my eventual destination. It is good to know a few friends in both states to spend time together.

From wikipedia: Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It joined the Union on February 14, 1859 as the 33rd state. Previously, the region was part of the Oregon Territory that was created in 1848 after American settlement began in earnest in the 1840s. The state lies on the Pacific coast between Washington on the north and California and Nevada on the south; Idaho lies to the east. The Columbia and Snake rivers form much of its northern and eastern boundaries, respectively. Salem, the state's third most populous city, is the state capital, while the most populous city is Portland.

The highest point in Oregon is the summit of Mount Hood, at 11,239 feet (3,428 m), and its lowest point is sea level of the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon coast. Its mean elevation is 3,300 feet (1,006 m). Crater Lake National Park is the state's only National Park, and the site of Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the U.S. at 1,943 feet (592 m). Oregon claims the D River is the shortest river in the world, though the American state of Montana makes the same claim of its Roe River. Oregon is also home to Mill Ends Park (in Portland), the smallest park in the world at 452 square inches (0.29 m²).

The state has 199 public school districts, with Portland Public Schools as the largest. There are 17 community colleges, and seven publicly financed colleges in the Oregon University System. Oregon Health & Science University, the state's only medical school, is affiliated with the system. Oregon State University in Corvallis and the University of Oregon in Eugene are the two flagship universities of the state, while Portland State University has the largest enrollment. Willamette University in Salem is the oldest college in Oregon.

Oregon has a diverse landscape with tall, dense forests that stretch a third of the way across the state in the north and halfway across the state in the south; and its accessible and scenic Pacific coastline and its rugged, glaciated Cascade volcanoes. Other areas include semi-arid scrublands, prairies, and deserts that cover approximately half the state in eastern and north-central Oregon, and sparser pine forests in the northeast. Mount Hood is the highest point in the state at 11,239 feet (3,425 m) above sea-level. Crater Lake National Park is the only National Park in Oregon.

The Oregon University System supports seven public universities and one affiliate in the state. The University of Oregon in Eugene is Oregon's flagship liberal arts institution, and was the state's only nationally ranked university by US News & World Reports. Oregon State University is located in Corvallis and holds the distinction of being the state's flagship in science, engineering and agricultural research and academics. The university is also the state's highest ranking university/college in a world survey of academic merit.

The State has three regional universities: Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Southern Oregon University in Ashland, and Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Portland State University is Oregon's largest. The Oregon Institute of Technology has its campus in Klamath Falls. The affiliate Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) comprises a medical, dental, and nursing school in Portland and a science and engineering school in Hillsboro.


NunBun said...

The nature spots sound nice.

TheHoopoe said...


unfortunately, with the packed programme already planned, will not be able to do these sporting activities or visit the mountains and nature reserves - but with only about 2 hours plane ride from where i am gonna be, it will be easy to return later and explore further.

awesome place, isn't it? :)

"the" anonymous said...

Thats the thing about America. Amongst the first thing which will hit you when you arrive are the size of things and the wide open spaces. Everything is larger than life...

Anonymous said...

About things larger than's an example...I was in west sumatra for the past 5 days and was going on a tour...the tour guide was comparing much of Indonesia and Singapore...what struck me most was when he told us that in Medan...there is a lake and in the middle of that lake there is an island that is twice the size of Singaopre!!!...haha... (Isa)

TheHoopoe said...


yes ... and I believe that what you referred to is Lake Toba

Anonymous said...

Yup...Lake Toba it's really amazing...the largest volcanic lake in the world. (Isa)