I agree! Everytime I even think about going back east, I'm reminded of just how blessed I am to live where I live. No tornados. No crazy-big bugs. No sweltering heat/humidity. Mountians and, as you said, very beautiful scenery just about everywhere ya look.
I will say this, though; the one time I did visit your state, I found the immediate place where I was at to be very beautiful. And when the snow hits over here, it's not too long at all before I was wishing I was there again!
Is there anyone in the Portland/Salem area that has done the pulling apart and painting headlights before? I have a 2013 STi and i am really wanting to paint the insides of my headlights. Just not sure if i am wanting to do it by myself with having no experience doing it! Beer and food would be Provide for the help! haha