Boring, Oregon - Not Just a State of Mind!
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My friend Angie and I were talking about how
First off, we started in Clackamas because we were on another mission. We were looking for the Jones Soda Holiday collection or the Seahawkâ€™s Special Pack. Why, because they have disgusting flavors such as dirt, ham and turf soda. These babies have been calling my name for weeks, but I have never in the few years they have sold them been able to find them. Sure you can buy them on line, but they come with a shipping cost of $19. No way! I just canâ€™t bring myself to do it, even for dirt soda!
So, we decided that it was time to go to Boring because we couldnâ€™t have the whole day filled with disappointment! So off we went.
We soon saw the sign declaring Boring was coming up, I was excited to see a Safeway which is a grocery store on the West Coast, but I was quickly informed by Angie that this was
And there it was in all of its glory, a country road with lots of open land, followed by a block and a half of buildings, followed by more country road and more open land.
So, we doubled back and saw the sign for the post office which was after the fire house. I have to say that the fire house was impressive and was very up to date. At least the citizens of Boring would be very safe if a fire swept through their town. The facilities were quite nice. If this blog inspires you to move to Boring, know that they are looking for volunteer fire fighters right now, so in time you may be able to move up to a paying position.
After our visit to the fire house, we went next door to the Post Office.
There are supposedly 12,800 people living here, but where were they hiding? We decided to take more back roads to see what we could find. Apparently, there are a lot of fruit stands but of course they were closed for the season. So we kept on driving, fruit trees and open fields with a random house and barn seemed to be a popular visual. Luckily the monotony was soon broken! There were horses for sale! Oddly enough, the horses in Boring appeared to be what I would call Jacuzzis (see picture).
But we were running out of day light and we hadnâ€™t even visited the â€ścity centerâ€ť yet. We came upon a grouping of stores. The first was one of the two bars in town. They had two large screen TVs advertised to get the peopleâ€™s butts in the seats. But in case that wasnâ€™t enough to grab your attention they also had a blow up doll in the window wearing a bikini. Yeah, nothing like a well endowed blow up doll mixed with football to keep them coming back. The first round is on me!
Ladies, donâ€™t feel left out there is another bar on the other side of town (one block down) that has ladies night on Wednesday and Thursday.
Angie and I wanted to experience Boring, but unfortunately there wasnâ€™t much going on. A hair salon/restaurant was just not appealing to us so we decided to get water and candy from a local mini mart. The first one we eyed was very old and very dark. Not a good combo so we headed to the one down the street.
It was pleasant and had a nice array of items such as refreshments, hats, pins, blankets, fishing items, household goods and reading material.
Angie couldnâ€™t find her money, so unfortunately she had to use her debit card for the sum $1.50. Yep, $1.50! Itâ€™s the little things in life that make me laugh. Unfortunately she got charged .50 for the transaction; the guy had to make money one way or another. As we were leaving the cashier grabbed a Hershey bar and went back to his magazine. Itâ€™s good to be the boss!
While doing research, Angie had read of a place that was called the $3.
We took many photos of the Welcome sign, some with the sign by itself and others with us posing next to it. The most interesting thing about the sign was that it had been used many times previously to sell things. You could even see the old letters peeling under the brand spanking new ones. Hmmâ€¦not exactly what one would expect, but this was Boring and it was a place of mystery and intrigue!
So, before anyone could call the police on two weirdos who had done about 50 U-Turns and who were spotted snapping photos by the sign, we hopped in the car and drove ÂĽ mile down to the strip mall.
Still we went in and enjoyed all the Dollar Tree goodness which came in the form of Christmas items galore! That and party favors, candy, socks and other assorted goods. I am all for the dollar store but had to do a double take at the display for $1 pregnancy tests. You know, somethings just arenâ€™t good bargains even at a dollar, my friend and this was one of them.
So after grabbing some shower caps and Snowmen Peeps Angie and I called it a day.