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7 Wonders of Oregon – USAgencies version

Did you know March 8 is National Oregon Day? Oregon, also known as The Beaver State, became the 33rd state to join the union on February 14, 1859. Oregon is known for its diverse landscape of mixed forests, volcanoes, mountains, beaches and more!

To celebrate our beautiful state in the Pacific Northwest, our team would love to share some of their favorite places (and photos) with you!

Wreck of the Peter Iredale

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Photo by Cindy, Director of Member Services at USAgencies

A landmark on the North Oregon Coast, Peter Iredale Shipwreck, located within Fort Stevens State Park, the wreckage is considered one of the most accessible and long-lasting in the world.¹

The remains of the sailing ship became one of the popular attractions on the Oregon Coast. Just a few miles south of Astoria, you will see this impressive view of the wreck, including the rusted bow of the ship, which occurred more than a century ago.

Seaside Oregon

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Photo by Callie, Lending Supervisor at USAgencies

Seaside has been one of Oregon’s most visited resort cities located about 80 miles northwest of Portland. The city bursts with shops, great restaurants and tons of outdoor activities; you will never get bored exploring the town, from hiking to kayaking to Jazz Festival — this oceanfront resort has a lot to offer.

Lost Lake

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Photo by Kathy, Vice President/CFO at USAgencies

Located in Mount Hood National Forest, which is about 10 miles northwest of Hood River County, it is known for its breathtaking view of Mount Hood. Lost Lake is also a popular campground with 125 primitive campsites, the facility is open between May through October with peak season from July to August. One of the many attractions at Lost Lake Campground is the old growth boardwalk, which is a short hike that takes you through the giant cedars and hemlocks.

Timothy Lake

Timothy Lake Hike
Photo by USAgencies hiking group

Timothy Lake is about 50 miles southeast of Portland. It has seven campgrounds which provides about 200 campsites and a few picnic areas along the lake. The hiking trail around the lake is about 13 miles which is perfect for a day hike. This 1,500-acre lake is very popular for visitors as it has a lot of recreational activities to offer — camping, hiking, paddling, horseback riding and more!

Painted Hills

Painted Hills panorama view
Photo by Andrew, Director of IT at USAgencies

Painted Hills is one of the three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located 9 miles northwest of Mitchell, Oregon. The painted hills got its name after the colorful layers of its hills which correlating to different geological eras. The colors may appear to change from one visit to another, as the claystones differ with ever-changing light and moisture levels.²

Laurelhurst Park

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Photo by Courtney, Support Services at USAgencies

Laurelhurst Park is a city park located in the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The park was named the most beautiful park on the West Coast by Pacific Coast Parks Association in 1919. In 2001, Laurelhurst park was the first city park ever listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 26-acre park includes a basketball court, picnic site, playground, soccer field, tennis court, volleyball court, and dog off-leash area.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake
Photo by Yuki, Marketing Specialist at USAgencies

Crater Lake was formed from a violent eruption triggered the collapse of the volcano Mount Mazama about 7,700 years ago. Its deep blue color water and the many recreational activities it has to offer made Crater Lake one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions.

Visitors will find endless recreational activities all year round, including fishing, skiing, hiking, camping and more!


Spring is right around the corner, now it’s a great time to plan your trips to explore the great outdoors of Oregon!

Resources:

  1. Peter Iredale Shipwreck
  2. Painted Hills, Oregon

Celebrate Fall with Pumpkin Patches

The Pacific Northwest is a wonderful place to be during the fall, especially if you enjoy traditional outings like pumpkin patches, hayrides, and apple picking. There are lots of pumpkin patches in Oregon that are worth a visit if you’re a local or just visiting for vacation. Here are some of the best pumpkin patches to enjoy with your family this season.

The Original Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island

This is the original pumpkin patch of Portland, Oregon and a great one to visit every year. Beyond the abundance of pumpkins, this farm also grows several  types of fruit and vegetables all year. Some of the most popular things to do here include picking your own pumpkins, eating and drinking at the patio café and Pumpkin Perk, browsing the Pumpkin Cottage Gift Shop, taking a hayride, and going through the maze. There is no entrance fee to come to the pumpkin patch, so it is easy on the wallet and your monthly budget. For a small cost, pumpkin picking and hayrides are offered, and you can climb the giant hay maze and hay pyramid.

Bauman’s Farm and Garden

Located in Gervais and operating since 1985, this is a great place with more than 25 activities for kids all ALL ages ( and adults too ) like their corn maze, apple cannon, an apple sling shot,  a jumping pad, cider samples, a dark maze and more. They also have fun pedal carts, barnyard bridge, rope maze and a hayride. Plan to spend your day on the farm, for some fun! Admission on weekends starts at $8 ( children under 3 are free ), or get an unlimited wristband for $20.

Fir Point Farms

Head to Aurora for this six acre pumpkin patch that also includes a kids zone with bouncy houses, cow roping, nature trails and giant slides. Don’t forget to grab their must have fresh apple cider donuts to top your day off! They are also stocked with local fresh produce, fresh assorted breads, fresh pies, jams, honey and more.  Parking and admission are free, and all day wristband for activities are available for $15.

Bella Organic Farm

Search for your favorite pumpkin across acres of pumpkins, and then take a free hay ride, ride the cow train, go through a hay maze, enter the duck races and so much more! With a goal to promote responsible, organic and sustainable farming practices, you have access to a large variety of local produce for purchase. If you are into spooky fun, they also have a haunted corn maze on Friday and Saturday nights! Admission to the farm is free, and bracelets for activities are available starting at $14.

Oregon Heritage Farms

Founded in the early 80’s by a father and son duo, Oregon Heritage is now run by four generations. Head to the farm to pick out your pumpkin, and enjoy the viewing farm animals, apple tastings, apple cider slushies and plenty more! Entrance to the farm and several individual activities are free!

We hope you enjoy your time on these local pumpkin patches for endless seasonal fun!


Questions? Connect with us at 503-275-0300 option 4, or stop by our branch on the corner of 1st and Taylor in Downtown Portland. 

 

 

4 Tips for Preventing Identity Theft During the Holiday

With the help from our friends at cuinsight.com

Some people love taking what doesn’t belong to them. During the holidays this year, be extra careful to make sure that you’re keeping your finances safe from questionable individuals. Here are four tips for protecting your identity during the holiday season.

1. Keep an eye on your credit report. If checking your credit report isn’t something you do regularly, you should change that. If a thief opens an account in your name, this will be an easy red flag to detect. Although it may be a hassle, there are a few sites that provide free credit reports. Do some research and find the one that best suits your needs.

2. Don’t toss it, shred it. When you take your garbage out each week, make sure you are not throwing away that a fraudster could find valuable. Anything that contains account numbers, banking information, or social security numbers would be highly desirable to a thief. Make sure you anything you are not sure of gets put in a shredder before the trash can. Don’t have a shredder? We provide a secure and free shred bin in the lobby of USAgencies Credit Union for all our members! Bring your shred down during business hours, and we are happy to help you safely dispose of documents.

3.Be cautious online. Cybercriminals can get your information a few ways, one of which is phishing. Phishing is when cybercriminals defraud you of sensitive information by posing as a legitimate company that you trust. Don’t click a link in an email that is asking you for personal information. Anything that looks fishy should be verified with the company first. Also, make sure you are not doing sensitive activities like logging into your credit union account from a coffee shop’s unsecured Wi-Fi. Stay up to date with current Fraud Schemes by visiting our dedicated page on our website, designed to keep our members aware.

4.Update your passwords. Password is not a password. Winter123 isn’t either. It is time to make better passwords. Think of a phrase or question like, “How long would it take me to walk 500 miles?” Then use the initials, symbols, and numbers to create your password. That would look like this :”Hlwittw500m?” No one can guess that one. According to howsecureismypassword.net, it would take a computer 63 Thousand years to crack that password.


Questions? Connect with us at 503.275.0300 option 3 or visit us at www.usacu.org

Free Summer Activities in Portland

Having fun in Portland doesn’t have to cost a lot a money. In fact, it can cost nothing at all! Whether you are on a budget, or just love a good deal, getting out and enjoying the city shouldn’t give you spenders remorse. Which is why we have compiled a list of FREE things to do in Portland!

1. Concerts in the Park– A tradition for over 110 years hosted by Portland Parks and Recreation provides concerts and entertainment for all ages to enjoy, all throughout the summer.

2. Swimming – Several of the outdoor public pools in Portland have hours where anyone can cool off without paying an admission fee. Check out all the locations, and stay cool this summer.

3. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden– With over 2,500 rhododendron, azaleas, companion plants and wild life, the garden is a site to see. Every Monday there is no admission fee, and children under 12 are free every day of the week.

4. Shakespeare in the Parks – Take in A Midsummer Night’s Dream brought to you by the Portland Actors Ensemble. Starting July 26th and going through September 1st, there are free shows all over Portland, and all ages are welcome to come and enjoy.

5. Washington Park Summer Festival – See three full nights of free music, dance and park take in hands-on art activities among the roses at the International Rose Test Garden Amphitheater.

6. Mills End Park-Located in the median on Southwest Naito Parkway and Taylor Street and just measuring in at 24 inches in diameter, this is the world’s smallest park. Even better, it is around the corner from USAgencies Credit Union! Visit the park, and stop in and say Hi!

7. Powell’s City of Book’s – Get a coffee, grab your map and begin cruising the aisles at the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world.

8. Portland Festival Symphony– From Vivaldi through Mozart to Beethoven, the Portland Festival Symphony is bringing live art to your favorite neighborhood parks all summer long.

9. Alberta Street Fair– The 21st Annual Alberta Street Fair is Saturday August 11th with activities and events showcasing the best of the Alberta Street community. Head over for a day full of fun and sun!

10, Adult Soapbox Derby – Once a year a brave group of racers come together at Mt. Tabor to race down a closed course in hand-built cars. Since this event is fast moving, be sure to check out their event page for their safety tips to keep everyone safe.


Don’t forget that visiting your Credit Union is free too! We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am – 5pm, and Wednesdays from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Bring a friend with you, and when they open their membership, you can each earn $25!*

 

*To qualify for $25, new member must be 18 years or older, and must add a checking account, monthly direct deposit (at least $250), online banking and eStatements within 60 days of joining, and account must be in good standing. New member must meet requirements for referring member to qualify for $25 bonus. Referring member must also be in good standing at time of bonus. No limit to number of referrals member can make. $25 will be deposited into savings account on first business day of the month, 60 days from account opening (if qualifications are met). Earnings reported on form 1099-INT as required. Program may change or cancel without notice.