10 Things That Make Oregon, Ohio A Pretty Much Okay Place To Live

10 Things That Make Oregon, Ohio A Pretty Much Okay Place To Live

Let's be real- who wouldn't want to live here?
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Actually, maybe we should stick with five. I love Oregon just as much as everyone else growing up there, but ten is a bit of a stretch.

1. Proximity to Toledo

This one is kind of cheating because it's not technically something in Oregon, but without Toledo nearby, Oregon wouldn't have much going for it...

2. Stores

I mean, we have a Walmart. What more could you ask for?

3. Metroparks


Maumee Bay is a highlight of Oregon. Yeah, there are usually signs warning you to stay out of the water for one reason or another, and the thought of going to the beach is nice. Let's not get greedy.

4. Schools


I may have done my fair share of complaining about school, but I honestly did learn a lot from some great teachers. Moreover, my education sent me out of Oregon to go to college, so I really can't complain now.

5. Restaurants


Psh, no, we do not get tired of going to the same three restaurants all the time! We go there because we love the food and company, not because there are no other options!

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Meet The College Student Who Took A Solo Road Trip Across The United States

With only a cooler, a bag of electronics, and a bag of clothes, Alex Kim embarked on the trip of a lifetime.

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Not many college students can say that they've taken a road trip across the United States. Even fewer can say that they've gone on that journey alone.

However, Alex Kim can say that within one month, he drove from the east coast to the west coast of the United States by himself. And he made sure to hit all the major attractions on the way.

You name it — the White House, Cloud Gate, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and Yosemite — Kim has been to all those places.

Kim is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in religious studies with a minor in human rights. He plans to attend law school in the fall of 2019. So, he knew that if he wanted to take a trip across the states, the summer of 2018 would be the perfect time.

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I had the opportunity to meet Kim when he briefly stopped by Lawrence, Kansas, near the final stretch of his journey. When he told me about his trip, I was baffled, intrigued, and impressed all at once.

To take a long road trip with friends is one thing, but to take a month-long road trip by himself is an entirely different story.

Kim said he simply wanted to meet people. He had the opportunity to meet other brothers in his fraternity, Pi Alpha Phi, and made quite a few friends (myself included!) on the way. He also visited family friends and people that he knew through Greek life.

Besides meeting people, this trip also consisted mostly of driving an 6-8 hours per day, listening to educational podcasts, and traveling to national parks, monuments, and memorials. He even bought along a burner and pot to cook ramen noodles in the national parks. Kim called these meals his "ramen adventures."

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Kim said this trip was extremely of out of his comfort zone, but it helped that he went alone because he was able to set his own schedules, plan his own routes, and do everything at his own discretion.

When asked about why he decided to go alone, Kim said "Going with someone else means that I will spend way more money than I should… If I went with another person, I also have to cater sleeping accommodations as well."

There were many times where Kim simply slept in his car because he didn't know anyone in the area, or he didn't want to pay for a hotel or Airbnb. But he didn't have to sleep in his car the whole trip. Half the time, he had friends or family members who were willing to house him for a night or so.

In addition, going alone gave Kim a lot of time to reflect on his past and what's to come in his future.

"I can't tell you how many times I thought of what my next chapter of life will be," Kim said.

However, going alone also presented its fair share of obstacles. Some difficulties included bad weather, over exhaustion, too much caffeine, and lack of sleep and nutritious food. One of the biggest problems that he faced was loneliness.

Kim admitted that there were periods of time where he felt extremely lonely. When he knew that he wasn't going to see people for a while, he would call his parents in the morning to tell them where he had been and that he was doing well.

There was one instance where he was first traveling to a national park, Yellowstone Park, and he internally freaked out. For the most part, Kim heard nothing but complete radio silence because there was no reception. Kim said that he felt scared because he wasn't in control of his loneliness.

Aside from those challenges, Kim was glad to say that the road trip went well, and he didn't have any car trouble.

For him, some notable locations were New York City and Los Angeles. Kim didn't really go to L.A. for sightseeing, but rather to pay his respects to an old mentor who passed away. Even though he explored much of nature and national parks, he said that the most breathtaking view was not in fact at a national park, but at a family friend's farm in Harlington, Nebraska.

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"I never thought I would say this, but I really enjoyed the countryside in Nebraska. Being away from the city lights, it was very peaceful and quiet. The sunset was breathtaking," he said.

Overall, Kim approximated that he traveled across the United States for a grand total of 9,700 miles, and despite some challenges, he really enjoyed this trip. He met new and old people and witnessed stunning views that he wouldn't have seen back in North Carolina. As a lone traveler, Kim practiced humility and now sees the world with a fresh perspective.

Kim also learned many lessons along the way and here are six that he shared:

1. Learn to rely on yourself.

2. Sometimes it's good to play it by ear. You'll have the freedom to do so much more.

3. If you can't play it by ear, always have a contingency plan.

4. The people who constantly kept up with you throughout your whole trip are you true friends.

5. Get out of your comfort zone; learn to be versatile.

6. Take time to yourself to reflect on your past, make amends if possible, and plan out your future.

After his trip, Kim returned to North Carolina, taking with him all the experience and lessons he gained from his travels. Nowadays, he keeps busy by studying for the LSAT in September and working towards getting into law school.

But would Kim take this extraordinary road trip again if he could? Most definitely.

See more pictures from his trip below.


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10 Reasons You're Missing Out On A Huge Part Of The US If You've Never Been To The Mississippi Gulf Coast

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I only listed 10 but there are so much more.

1. The Islands

Mississippi's barrier islands are seriously a hidden gem. While most Mississippians know what the barrier islands are, the most they can tell you is that they protect our coastline during hurricanes. However, unless you're from the Coast, most people have no clue that we have gorgeous white sand beaches a few miles south. In the summer, there's no party like an island party and no day like a boat day.

2. The Casinos.

I'm not 21, so I can't gamble, obviously. But staying at the casinos is the best stay-cation. From the Hard Rock, to the Golden Nugget, to the Scarlet Pearl, a weekend getaway to one of Biloxi's finest hotels is such a blast. Girl's night? Stay at a casino. Pool day? Stay at a casino. You're guaranteed to have SO much fun.

3. Cruisin’ the Coast

At this point, I feel like everyone in the USA should know what Cruisin' is. If you don't, here's the run-down: it's a week-long car show during October with the country's finest cars. It's a non-stop party. The Coast does not sleep for a whole week. People come from all over, and chances are, you could even meet a few people that have traveled internationally for this. I look forward to Cruisin' all year long; it is undoubtedly the highlight of October. Getting to ride around in my dad's vintage Willys Jeep- there is nothing better.

4. The Pascagoula River

Personally, I am more of a saltwater girl than a freshwater girl, but river days are a Mississippi Gulf Coast staple. I love to go fishing with my brother or go for an afternoon boat ride.

5. The Fishing

Y'all, I LOVE to fish!!!! Nothing beats deep-sea fishing. On the Coast, people legitimately pay to go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico via charter boat! It is so much fun and such a great adventure. It's become a way of life for a lot of people- it's how many make a living.

6. The Will to Thrive

The people of the Gulf of Mexico are survivors. In the last twenty years, this place has gone through a multitude of tragedies, but we have still managed to thrive. Hurricane Katrina wiped out a good portion of the Coast, nearly as bad as it razed New Orleans. Businesses, families, and homes were destroyed. We have built our lives from the ground up.

A few years after Hurricane Katrina, we experienced the BP oil spill. Those who made a living off of fishing, shrimping, or anything relating to the Gulf of Mexico became incapable of putting food on the table for their families. People who enjoyed going to the islands, swimming, fishing, or watching the wildlife were unable to. Our wetlands were quickly being ruined. People of the Coast are survivors despite all odds.

7. Mardi Gras

Originating in Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras rapidly became a Mississippi tradition as well. Although Mardi Gras is technically only one day, coasties celebrate Fat Tuesday for well over a month. From balls, to parades, to huge parties, Mardi Gras is surely a South Mississippi staple. It's an experience like NO other, I promise you.

8. The Seafood

If you have a serious food addiction (like me), nothing beats the Gulf Coast’s seafood. I’m serious. From Bozo’s in Pascagoula, to Huck’s Cove and the Tiki in Gautier, getting a seafood fix is super easy. A lot of people celebrate holidays and spend time with family over seafood. Crawfish boils on the Coast are PHENOMENAL. If you like boiled shrimp, fried oysters, or grilled tuna, then the Coast is the place for you.

9. The Festivals

If you haven't figured it out yet, everybody in the 228 is always ready to celebrate something. We LOVE a good party. My personal favorites are the Crawfish festival and the Peter Anderson Art festival- but these are just a drop in the bucket.

The Gulf Coast holds so many festivals each year. The Crawfish festival is basically a time to gorge yourself on crawfish and listen to really good music. In the past, artists like Riley Green (heart eyes) have performed!!! The Peter Anderson festival celebrates local artists- professional and amateur. It is so relaxing to walk around Downtown Ocean Springs, looking at art and eating popsicles.

10. The People!!!

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is one really big family. We call ourselves anything from #coasttrash to #the228 to #coasties. When you’re traveling and meet someone from the Coast, it’s like finding a little piece of home, no matter where you’re at. Hospitality runs rampant down here. There’s no place I’d rather be!

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