Have you ever been to Oregon? It's one of the most beautiful and interesting states in the country. It is still very much wide open, with not too many crowds, except in Portland, its largest city.
Not far outside of Portland, the city gives way to nature. There are rivers, mountains, fields and waterfalls, including the widely photographed Multanomah Falls with multiple cascades.
When I was growing up, Oregon is where we vacationed, traveling from our California home to visit family. Although the state seems more developed and congested, with traffic jams if you try to navigate Portland by car anywhere near rush hour, it's still one of the loveliest states in the lower 48.
So, if you've visited Portland, or happen to live there, here are some beautiful ornaments you might like to own or give as presents. Each of them is made by Zazzle, an online gift store that sells unique artistic creations on commission. That means you won't find any of these pieces in regular brick-and-mortar stores.
The round ornaments without borders, shown below, can also be customized to say anything you want, such as "Merry Christmas" or "Had a Great Vacation" or "Love you Mom and Dad."
Photograph top by werner22brigitte