In one week I will have the pleasure of showing off our beautiful state of Oregon to a group of 9 Italian-speaking tourists. I will take them through the Columbia Gorge Scenic route and loop around through Hood River Valley and Mt. Hood. The day after we see the city of Portland and with what glorious weather to show them the sights. For many Italians, our history that goes back only about 200 years (that of white European settlers) must seem like only yesterday. Still, you can't beat the scenery here!