Loving Baker City, but not happy about state pot laws
My wife and I recently moved to Baker City from the coast of Oregon. We had never been here before but the wife Googled “conservative cowboy towns of Oregon” and BC popped up number one. So we visited and fell into love immediately. We originally came from central California and had a small horse ranch and lived in the rural portion of a small cowboy town. Surrounded by mountains and close to Yosemite, BC reminded us of that area a lot.
We found that a lot of local folks are third, fourth and fifth generations here and that speaks highly of this town. We were impressed on how friendly everyone was and welcomed us into the community, something that was lacking in our four years on the coast. Even the folks at the Herald were so friendly and generous with their time. When I couldn’t decipher how to log into the E-edition, Carolyn spent the time and walked me through it. You don’t find customer service like that anymore. People actually greet you when you pass them or enter their establishments. So refreshing!
I’m also impressed with the “anti-marijuana” stance this city has taken in opposition to Oregon laws. As we are both retired law enforcement from California, I can’t begin to tell you in one op-ed piece what a Pandora’s box that opens up. “Medicinal marijuana” is a front for drug dealers, profiteers and the Mexican cartel to enter into your town. The less than 3 percent who benefit from it does not outweigh the good of the community. THC, the main ingredient in pot, is available in pill form without all the street dealers hanging out near your high schools. Pro-pot people don’t want to hear that because there is no high from it. But then, it doesn’t promote lung cancer, asthma and other health concerns that smoking causes either.
Anyway, we love it here and feel right at home. Great community and feel of Americana. We are home.
One year in Baker City, and we couldn’t be happier
We have made it a full year in Baker City. Our plan was to see if we could survive the first winter, we’d heard they could be brutal, but the weather had other ideas. Looks like we’ll be staying another year and hoping for a brutal winter, up on top of those dry mountains anyway.
We could not have asked more from our gamble of a move. We came from an environment where merely trying to cross a street could suddenly become a near death experience. On our first walk through Baker we wondered why cars were stopping as we stood at an unmarked intersection until we realized it was for us, the drivers actually waving us to cross. We knew for sure we would miss our backyard garden but discovered Baker’s community garden in time to not miss a summer. Being aspiring artists we could not believe our good fortune, landing in a city that embraces all things art, and with such a passion! We could go on and on about the incredible place, less stressful environment, we find ourselves. Here, instead, is an extremely short list of more things we are enchanted by in Baker:
• Friendly people (you have know idea what a unique attribute that is).
• The food and drink, so many great options everywhere.
• The river, LAMP, the park...
• Music, exceptional local talent, the specialness of Baker’s Powder River Music Revue
• Recreation, limitless hiking, fishing, camping... a veritable surrounding wonderland!
• Events: bicycle and people races, motorcycles, classic cars, fairs, jubilees, parades.
• Last but not least, Mike especially wants to thank the Herald for enabling his writing addiction.
It is hard to end our list... Baker has just about everything to offer that we had in the, out of control, sprawl of the Portland / Vancouver area, without the anger, crime, rudeness, stress.. that comes with a stifling population. We look forward to another year in this very special place.
P.S. Check out the LAMP soon if you wish to see it free of trash. I am certain this pristine glory is only temporary.
Barb and Mike Meyer