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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-03-2017, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Looking to Move in 2017

Hey all,

The short version of the post: I'd like to move out to the area this coming fall. The goal is to maximize my days on board, looking to get into split riding and seriously bone up on snow and avvy knowledge. Where do you guys call home and prefer to venture?

The long version: I traveled to Cottage Grove, OR last fall for my friend's wedding. Afterwards, I took an extended road trip up to Seattle, B'Ham, Vancouver, and up to Squamish. I was absolutely floored by the sprawling cities and vast wilderness that was within a short reach.

I really liked the feel of Cottage Grove and especially B'Ham. Ideally I'd like to locate to a smaller city close to good riding, as the traffic in the major hubs is a huge drag. Friendly citizens, good beer, and water access are all a major plus. For what it's worth, I'd most likely be renting as I'm looking at a teaching gig back home in MI in a couple years.

I'd need to be somewhere close to industry as I'm a welding engineer by degree and hold a current CWI. Been working 60+ hour weeks for the past 4 years and I just need to tone it down to enjoy life more.

Cheers everyone. I look forward to hearing from ya.

- Dan

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Fairly spendy in pnw...recently read that Van BC was the 3 most expensive after Hong Kong and Sidney. Fairly tight housing market in Bham, there is some boat building going on, pm if you want some local intel

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Cottage Grove is a hell hole overall..lots of drug issues, ie meth/heroin... willamette pass is closest with decent terrain.. the surrounding areas of CG, Springfield are beautiful though....

Housing is going to be pricey in any of the good spots especially compared to the gulf coast of the US if thats where your at.

look into Sisters, OR. Its a pretty area with alot of out doors shit. Bend is close by. Mt Bachelor is near, sisters wildernes area is at your door.

We are up in stevens pass WA right now. Leavenworth is a pretty cool looking town, serious terrain around here.

Government Camp/mt hood villages area is pretty nice. It looks like the CG area with the big ass trees and shit. There is alot more outdoors stuff though. Mt hood is close by, portland is close by....

Take up fly fishing in fresh water. I used to offshore fish every weekend and have not been able to bring myself to river/stream fish since leaving the gulf coast are. Its been 7 years.

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Thanks for the info guys!

Once this job in SC wraps this summer I'm heading back to Mobile to button up a few things (car projects and yard sales). Should have enough time to secure work. A preliminary search leads me to believe I'm probably going to be somewhere around the Seattle area. I'd rather be in the rurals but the work really isn't out that way. If I could find something around Bend that'd be tits.

The tough part's finding a gig that let's me balance work and life.

^^Argo, I've done a little saltwater fishing, both wading and offshore around Mobile and Ocean Springs. It's fun but I still prefer laidback freshwater jigging. My buddy in CG fly fishes so that'd be a good starting point.
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