10.23.2010

Eugene, Oregon aka Track Town, USA

Brookie and I flew into Portland, Oregon last week for a couple reasons:

1. To visit her brother and his fam in Eugene.
2. To visit Adam in Portland.
3. To see Hayward Field and Track Town, USA.

We headed to Eugene first to accomplish tasks one and three.

Brooke's sister-in-law and brother were amazing to us! They gave us a bed to sleep in, food to eat, took us to see the sights, completely went out of their way to make our experience great. And it was. I loved every second of it.

Since we arrived late at night, the first thing we were able to do was breakfast the next day at Off the Waffle. Uh-maz-ing {phonics, people, use phonics}. I had a massive waffle with whip cream six inches high, bananas, pears, and strawberries. Mmm-mmm-mmm! If you are ever in Eugene, EAT THERE.

One of my major concerns of going to Oregon was manifested at Off the Waffle:

Ah! What do put where?? I sometimes still struggle with just garbage and recycling bins! But thankfully, there were detailed instructions for tourists:

Phew.

After breakfast, Brooke's sister-in-law, Audrey took us to:


Yes, the Nike running store. This is significant because Nike was founded in Eugene, Oregon. And, as the title of this post suggests, Eugene, Oregon is known as Track Town, USA. The people here live and breathe Track & Field and distance running. It is like the running mecca of the world.

Inside the store was also a little history museum of sorts ...

Here we are in front of one of the walls that talked about Bill Bowerman, Phil Knight, and most importantly, Steve Prefontaine {confession: I may be slightly hugely obsessed with Pre}.

Also in the the store ...

These are the actual shoes that Pre wore at the NCAA championships! Bill Bowerman was his coach and would hand-make shoes for his athletes ... with his waffle iron. :)

Now, this next part might seem a bit morbid, but I am going to need you to get over it. :) After Nike Running, Audrey took us to Pre's rock.

This is the location that he ... died. Yup. And I went there. And people go there all the time. In fact, runners inspired by Pre leave behind memorabilia such as their medals, flowers, and even their running shoes {medals on the left, shoes on the right}. The plaque reads, "For your dedication and loyalty. To your principles and beliefs. For your love, warmth, and friendship. For your family and friends. You are missed by so many and you will never be forgotten."

Later on in the day we went on a hike ... it was beautiful.


And this next picture just because she is sooo cute ...

This is one of Brooke's nieces. I had left my sun glasses on the couch. She looks much better in them than I do. :)

One of the last things we did in actual Eugene was ... the thing I wanted to do most. Whenever someone would say, "If you could go to one place, where would it be?" I would answer without hesitation, "Hayward Field!"


Dream.come.true. No lie. I was in complete awe. I felt warm fuzzies. I knew Hayward Field was true. :)
And there's Pre ... Brooke was such a good sport. I hate being in photos alone, so even though she probably couldn't care less about these things, she stood in photos with me. I heart her. And Pre. And Hayward Field. :)
Ah, soo pretty. All of the world's best and elite runners have raced on this track. And now ...


I was there too!! While there we ran into Ashton Eaton. He's a big deal. Just sayin'.

Visiting Eugene really, really just made my life. I am such a track nerd. And I accept that. And you should too. :)

After Eugene, we headed with Brooke's fam to the Oregon Coast ...

11 comments:

Toni said...

Go Ducks! :)

Allred Mom said...

Okay...I'm noticing that I haven't been getting any stars....and I wonder why not? Why are they not being added...so I will reply that I read this post to see if I get this 100 stars! Glad you enjoyed Eugene! Hubby went to watch Nephew run there! :)

Jo said...

Wow, your Pre obsession is still going strong after all these years? That's amazing! =)

Whitney B. said...

That is pretty awesome you made it there! Especially i like the tie in with the waffles and a visit to all things Pre I sense a theme here? Every time I see a waffle iron I think of Pre.

Shan said...

2 - Woo hoo. Those look like they were fun places for you to visit.

Meg said...

I obviously am not a track nerd. But that's okay, I can still tell that you were very excited.

P.S. I have reasons for not blogging, too. I just don't necessarily tell them. :)

Griffin Family said...

Mindy, I share your love. That is the very field where I got my all time PR in the 5k. It is magic there!

Michelle said...

Stop Pre! I think it would be wonderful to go there with you and Shauna someday. I love that you are so obsessed!

Katie said...

I need to be more like you and do cool things. This is why you blog more than I do ;)

MPk said...

Rock on, Nike - way to visit history, Mindy!

Kristin said...

Wow! You're not kidding about that being the track town! Sheesh. I love your dedictation to connecting with your running roots.

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