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Unwinding in the water and the forest on the Oregon coast
Unwinding in the water and the forest on the Oregon coast

FLORENCE, Ore. — My mind drifts back to Ken Kesey's 1964 novel, "Sometimes a Great Notion," as my friend Rob and I drive west from Eugene to the Oregon coast along scenic Highway 126. The curling two-lane road sweeps through views of the Cascade Range cloaked in Douglas fir, a landscape that easily recalls Kesey's saga of man against nature. That story's protagonist measured timbered heights in board feet and lived in Lincoln County. He may as well have been here in Lane County, I think, as we pass a flatbed strapped with neatly sawed and stacked tree trunks. The truck might be headed to tiny lumber-dependent Noti, where the sole pub's marquee reads,...

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