Editor’s Note: We recently unveiled Ask Oregon, a program that allows travelers to ask “Oregon Experts” about traveling throughout the state. We’d like to introduce you to our experts and will be featuring them periodically here on the Travel Oregon Blog. This week, we’d like to introduce you to our Hood/Gorge Ambassador, Cari!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Oregon?

I think my favorite thing about living in Oregon is the variety in climates. In one day you can travel from Ocean, to fertile valleys, mountains and temperate rain forest, to high deserts and back to the mountains again. If it is raining in the valley, you can travel east and soak up the sun. Too hot in the desert? Go relax next to a mountain lake or soak in an ocean breeze at the coast.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Oregon?

My favorite way to enjoy Oregon is to jump in the car (or RV) to drive the back roads and explore. Also, stopping and taking time to hike the trails of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood National Forest when I stay a little closer to home. Either way, I love taking my camera along and capturing the natural (and sometimes man made) beauty that is so unique to Oregon.

What’s the one tip you always give to visitors?

Layers, layers, layers. It may be cold and drizzly in the morning, but by afternoon the sun could be out and you are baking! Also, take your time, don’t rush or be afraid to venture off the beaten path.

Describe your perfect Oregon Vacation…

One month, unlimited gas, and a fully stocked RV to go hit the road and explore every corner of Oregon!

Have a question for Cari? Ask her here in the comments or find out other ways to contact her on our Facebook Page.

About the Author: Rhiannon West Chamberlain

Rhiannon is a native Oregonian who grew up exploring the nooks and crannies of the Oregon Coast and daydreaming in Powell’s City of Books. She now lives in NE Portland with her husband and her new baby boy and looks forward to teaching him to love Oregon as much as she does. Rhiannon attended both the University of Oregon and Portland State University, where she studied Journalism and Mass Media. She claims to ‘bleed green’ and happily cheers for both the Ducks and the Vikings every chance she gets. In her free time, Rhiannon enjoys sipping Oregon Pinot, finding new restaurants, bargain hunting and trying new recipes – sometimes successfully. She has a child-like enthusiasm for trying new things and rediscovering old ones – such as skee-ball, mini golf, and big slides.

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