Eugene, Oregon; home to the Oregon Ducks, elite athletes, homeless teenagers, and hippies stuck in the 1960s. One of the best random activities in Eugene is the Saturday Market (which takes place on Saturdays, obvi) where the perfume of choice is BO (and weed), white people serve a variety of ethnic food, wannabe musicians perform, and there is tie dye everywhere. What is not to love?
And if you go to the Saturday Market and want to fit in, then you OBVIOUSLY have to wear tie dye. And birks. (This is the closest I will get to “dressing up” in a costume).
“We match,” exclaims Tusia. My mother in law is probably having a heart attack as she looks at these pictures. Wait till dreadlocks start happening at 16. #EugeneTeens
Birkenstock family! (Obviously, if Ken were there, we would have a pair of loafers in the mix).
Notice the beautiful green trees everywhere in Eugene. I love my hometown.
Over 200 local artisans come to sell their handmade goods, rain or shine.
Hello, tie dye! Hello, stranger!
Our friends, Bridget and Joe, visiting from Oakland for the week. They left with matching handmade and radical hats.
Hanging baskets on the street.
Wandering the booths, wondering what to eat / buy / examine. Hand in hand, across the land.
Old school woman rocking out to “Twinkle twinkle.” (NO JOKE)
In line to buy lemonade.
The three little rascals all ready to rock out to the Grateful Dead. (The third is Joe and Bridget’s little girl, Olive).
I mean, REALLY? Do you think Eugene would sell a NON-organic smoothie or lemonade? You would be put in jail if you did such a thing!
Tamales. YUM. A staple in our house in Eugene.
Renaissance Pizza > Greasy pizza
The Whole Enchilada. A staple at the Saturday Market since my childhood.
Rainbow Promise. I always stop and get something at this booth.
I left with two pairs of tie dye undies for Cruzzie to wear (hello, conservative new Boys School, helloooooo fun undies!)
Bracelets for sale. I kinda love the ‘go girl’ one. Half joking and half serious at the same time, cause, you know, GO GIRL.
Our mode of transportation: tandem with trailer attached.
Action shot. (I was tired from a long run so decided to get off and walk up the very steep hill).
So there you have it, a good summary of Eugene, Oregon. And you wonder why I love artisinal, local, organic, tie dye, and colorful things……