I sat reclined on a rocking bench at the end of a long day of interviews. From where I am perched, I can see out over the entire city from the tops of trees that encompass this lovely landscape. The view is serene and as I lean back in my seat to initiate the motion that will eventually make me sleepy, I hear over the warm air, sounds of a starter’s pistol and the voice of an announcer following the movements of four University of Oregon racers setting would be both a college and United States speed record for the 4 x 1-mile relay race.
Welcome to Tracktown USA – Eugene, OR.
Sunshine in Kesey Square
Our welcome to this area was ordinary by Eugene standards: it rained for three days straight. But that didn’t take away from the rustic beauty inherent to this part of the country.
Facilitators Carl Scott and Alex Kelly enjoying the statue of Ken Kesey.
Parked in an area of downtown commonly known as Kesey Square (named for the famed author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Eugene native, Ken Kesey), our first interview was most appropriate — it was between Ken’s mother and daughter. Looking out over a bust of her son reading to his grandchildren, Geneva Kesey shared her own stories; stories that would kick off a day that brought an end to the rainy season and began a string of amazing Oregonians that would step into our booth.
Facilitator Alex Kelly, Ken Kesey’s mother, Geneva, and former wife, Faye.
I’m looking forward to the mountains forests and Saturday Market which stands as the first of its kind created in the United States.
On your marks… get set…