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Old 04-01-2009, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Relocating to Mt. Hood area. suggestions? tips?

Hey i've been looking to relocate to somewhere where i can ride and just live life. I'll be 21 in july and plan on moving around august. I really enjoy being outside. Snowboarding, camping, hiking, fishing are all things i like to do. How would that fit in the portland area? I found a community college up there that i would be attending called Mt Hood Community College... go figure. Any tips about the area/employment/housing would be amazing and much appreciated !!!

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Old 04-01-2009, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The cloudiness can be a little irritating. It's my first year here from Indiana, where there is ample sunshine. If you can learn to appreciate the beauty of the place and get over the drizzles, it is an amazing place. Being near mountains (which I never saw in Indy) and a gorgeous coastline (which never saw in Indy) and sprawling forests (which have all been chopped down for housing in Indy) at the same time is pretty surreal.

And if you want to hit a city to get a little more culture, Portland is big enough to satisfy anyone except those concrete jungle-loving New Yorkers.

The only thing that sucks here is the driving. People here are morons when they get in their cars and the budget for maintaining roads must be about 35 cents a year.
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For outdoor recreation there isnt really state that can compete with Oregon. We really do have it all.
Surfing? Got it.
Wind Surfing? Got it
Rafting
Biking
Hiking
Dirt biking
Dune buggy/4 wheelers (we do have a mild desert east of the mountains)
Snowboarding(obviously)

The list goes on and on really, i am not from outside the state, i've lived here my entire life so the weather is nothing special to me.
Its actually the exact opposite, i dont mind the sun but if it goes over 90 im not leaving my house unless im in my car with AC

Both Snowolf and Flick covered pretty much the basic information about living costs. Income tax is pretty high but its nice not having any sales tax.
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And if you want to hit a city to get a little more culture, Portland is big enough to satisfy anyone except those concrete jungle-loving New Yorkers.
If it has trees, it's not good enough

Is now really the best time to be relocating and living on your own though?
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At 21 and going to college you really dont have nothing to lose. I had the chance to relocate to Seattle 3 years ago and bailed out. I now kind of regret it. I live in Jersey and it pretty much sucks, High Rent,High prices,High crime and I gotta pay State and Fed Taxes. Oh yeah my riding season here lasts about 3 good months On the upside of things, my GF is going to Seattle next week on business, im hoping she likes it so much to relocate over there, honestly I'm tired of living here in the Ice Coast
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If it has trees, it's not good enough
Ummm you of all people should know your parks and other areas in NYC have many trees......
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ohhh, Jersey... makes sense now

What part? I almost feel your pain, I'm right across the river.
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I just want to add that the people here are awesome!!
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Ummm you of all people should know your parks and other areas in NYC have many trees......
fine... if it has trees ON THE SIDEWALK it's not good enough
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ohhh, Jersey... makes sense now

What part? I almost feel your pain, I'm right across the river.
Paterson NJ, cry with me now
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