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by , SmarterTravel Staff - December 21, 2009
Oregon: Wilamette Valley road

This photo was taken by Julie Gillis from Seattle, Washington.

"This photo was taken in the Willamette Valley, south of Portland, Oregon. I tagged along with a friend while she was on a business trip. Any excuse for a vacation. We were driving through the countryside and came down over a hill. We both are photographers and saw a beautiful site and decided to stop. I'd never seen acres of red clover before. We both were overwhelmed with the beauty of it all.

I use to say that my work got in the way of my travel time. They say, be careful what you wish for, as I lost my job in February ... It has been a blessing in disguise. I thought, 'What an opportunity not to pass up. I have free time now to travel.' My travels have been many this year. I've been on a vacation every month except for November since April. I just realized that I've visited every corner of the U.S. this year. I've been to San Diego,CA; Portland, Maine; Key West/Miami, Florida; and I live in Seattle. I also went to Whistler, B.C., San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

What I love about traveling is meeting new people. Not just the ones that live in the places that I visit, but the other travelers. I went on a cruise this October and met a gal who lives on an island off of Madagascar. I now have a new friend to visit. What a wonderful way to make friends."

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