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Wow Bill that was a great story. I totally get the connection with the river. I grew up on the Willamette and have taken that same trip many times from McIver to Gladstone! I can honestly say its some of the best times in my life. I've lived around the country, even the South a little and I don't blame you! I would be missing Oregon too. I had to come back.
In 1970 I had just graduated from West Linn High and was very naive. I didnt smoke there but I'm sure we drank. It was so surreal, so different than anything I'd ever seen before. And being naive, I was like the lady in the video. I remember being quietly shocked at all the naked bodies especially my high school friends! The only way I was allowed to go at 17 was that I had a girlfriend who lived down the street from the entrance and we were allowed to stay at her home at night and walk down that long road again. It was really fun!
I knew Dr Bangs and thats a whole other story. My mom worked at Willamette Falls and he was our family doctor. I remember that because of his experience at Vortex he became the expert in Oregon for dealing with people on drugs. It had a lasting effect on his medical career. And he did a fantastic service.
We were so lucky to have people like him support it, and especially Gov McCall and his staff. It was a brilliant move and I'm sure it saved lives. We could all use a little "Tom common sense" today.
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