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Hmm...so...DP and I are thinking of moving to Oregon. Portland maybe?<br><br>
Help us out...if you please...<br><br>
He's in IT. Internet security to be exact, system admin/linux is desireable job with prospect of grad school.<br><br>
I'm crunchier than a grape nut w/ a 3 mo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Sunnier the better. I like country livin' (I want chickens and a goat!) but cities are nice too.<br><br>
My gut lately has been whispering, "oregon. Oregon. OrEgOn"<br><br>
So the prospect of narrowing down a particular place is daunting.<br><br>
If nothing more, tell me what you like about where you live <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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Portland is a wonderful, vibrant, city with much to offer a crunchy mama and family: great public transit, amazing farmer's markets and co-ops, a huge diversity of schooling choices, consignments shops and Goodwill stores galore, a plethera of midwives and wholistic health practitioners to choose from, yummy organic/vegan restaurants, OMSI, The Children's Museum, wonderful parks and closeby places to hike, bike, and boat, a cool nightlife if you so choose, etc., etc. But sunny and rural it ain't.<br><br>
If you are coming from somewhere sunny, the transition to the Pacific Northwest can be very difficult for some. It rains alot here, lots and lots of rain, for many, many days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: It rains all Winter (may snow a bit too), <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: it rains all Spring, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: then the Summer solstice comes around and it rains some more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: Come about July the rain slows way down and you'll actually get a few glorious weeks of Summer weather, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/coolshine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sunshine"> beautiful, hot, cheerful Summer. Then it will rain again, and get warm again, and rain again. Then Autumn waltzes in with more rain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
Yes, I'm being silly, but I'm not really exagerating. I wish more people had pointed out just how very wet and grey it gets up here before we made the decision to move from So Cal. Although we love Portland, we might have made a different decision had we really been informed about the weather. We've been here 2 years and we're acclimating to the cold alright, but the grey, wet weather still gets us down. In the Winter my family flocks to our multi-spectrum lightbulbs like moths to the flame. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My gut lately has been whispering, "oregon. Oregon. OrEgOn"</div>
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Ooh just like the many thousands of pioneers before you! Do you have any specific reason you're thinking of Oregon or just a nice feeling?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ooh just like the many thousands of pioneers before you! Do you have any specific reason you're thinking of Oregon or just a nice feeling?</div>
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O Pioneer!<br><br>
Hmm...well, DP lived there for awhile, "in his youth". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My little brother goes to school there, I do have friends in Pdx, I do like it...<br><br>
I was hoping for some, "Hey, this is my town and we love it b/c blah blah blah."<br><br>
Oh well.<br><br>
We're in a transitional phase and everything is up in the air, and so we're exploring possibilities I suppose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm in the pdx area also- a little further out though. I love it up here (just moved here 4 months ago after MY gut started whispering oregon, oregon, oregon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) So far I love it up here. I'm not really worried about all the rain but I personally am not that attatched to the sun. Where I live specifically is Cornelius, it's not crunchy, but there are crunchy folk around here. Hillsboro seems a little crunchier. I'm not far from all the conveniences of suburban and city life (less than 45 minutes from Portland) but it's only 5 min up the road from the sticks. pdx in general is a good area. Some good websites that I used to help narrow down our choices: <a href="http://www.bestplaces.net" target="_blank">www.bestplaces.net</a> you can get info like crime rates and housing costs for cities. If you will be sending your lo to public school in the future you might find <a href="http://www.schoolmatters.com" target="_blank">www.schoolmatters.com</a> helpful. If you want some more input about the pdx area come on into the pdx thread and ask around, lots of wonderful mamas in there who'll be happy to help you out!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm in the pdx area also- a little further out though. I love it up here (just moved here 4 months ago after MY gut started whispering oregon, oregon, oregon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) So far I love it up here. I'm not really worried about all the rain but I personally am not that attatched to the sun. Where I live specifically is Cornelius, it's not crunchy, but there are crunchy folk around here. Hillsboro seems a little crunchier. I'm not far from all the conveniences of suburban and city life (less than 45 minutes from Portland) but it's only 5 min up the road from the sticks. pdx in general is a good area. Some good websites that I used to help narrow down our choices: <a href="http://www.bestplaces.net" target="_blank">www.bestplaces.net</a> you can get info like crime rates and housing costs for cities. If you will be sending your lo to public school in the future you might find <a href="http://www.schoolmatters.com" target="_blank">www.schoolmatters.com</a> helpful. If you want some more input about the pdx area come on into the pdx thread and ask around, lots of wonderful mamas in there who'll be happy to help you out!</div>
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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The size alone of the PDX thread led me to start my own...<br><br>
Where did you move from if I can ask?
 

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I was hoping for some, "Hey, this is my town and we love it b/c blah blah blah."<br><br>
Oh well.<br><br>
We're in a transitional phase and everything is up in the air, and so we're exploring possibilities I suppose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Well I also live a little on the outskirts of Portland, Eagle Creek which is about 45-50 minutes East of Downtown Portland. I am 15 minutes from Gresham and shopping 25 minutes from the nearest mall if I need that. Crunchy..... oh yeah, you'll find crunchy this way, There is a very nice sense of community out here. if you want animals it is perfect out here for that. I have two pygmy goats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I just moved out here 2 months ago and absolutely love it. I lived closer into Portland before that in Lake Oswego, beautiful place, expensive and getting to crowded. I do not recommend their schools.<br><br>
I have lived in West Linn, also beautiful not as crowded and better schools, (West Linn is Lake Oswegos neighbor city) but also more expensive to live. Neither place is very crunchy at all, much more yuppie...<br><br>
I have also lived in Clackamas, NW Portland and SE PDX Mall 205 area....<br><br>
Of all the place I have lived, Eagle Creek would be my first recommendation...<br><br>
Oh and don't sweat the weather to much... I came from sunny Southern Cali... I love it up here. Fall is incredible, my favorite season by far. I love winter when it arrives and thrive on warm sweaters, fires and hot chai, by the time the gloom starts to get to me, Spring begins to peak it's head... which blends into summer fairly well. This summer has been utterly gorgeous, not to hot and not to rainy.... just great...<br><br>
Let me know if I can give you any more info...<br><br>
Tia
 

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Where are you moving <i>from</i>? Californians seem to have lingering issues with our weather. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's not as bad as Dachsmama described, but close. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Also, depending on where you live now, Oregon could seem affordable or outrageously expensive.<br><br>
Portland it the most wonderful city in the world. (Hmm, am I biased?) Scroll through the threads in this tribal area and you'll see lots of "where should I move?" suggestions. There are other great towns/cities, too, like Eugene and Corvallis. Both crunchy college towns.<br><br>
If you want a rural lifestyle, I'd suggest living near Eugene or Corvallis, since being rural in Portland will put you waaaay out in the suburbs, and it will be more expensive.<br><br>
All three cities allow chickens. Not so sure about goats... But I've actually seen pigs in urban Portland neighborhoods, so who knows.<br><br>
If you can't handle the damp of the valley, you might like Bend. It's high desert, hot and dry in summer, and snowy in winter, but pretty sunny year 'round. Good area if you're into stuff like skiing and rock climbing.<br><br>
Also check the Off the Grid forum. There have been some threads there about moving to Oregon.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The size alone of the PDX thread led me to start my own...<br><br>
Where did you move from if I can ask?</div>
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I'm scared of the big thread too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The westside pdx thread is more manageable and a lot of the mamas there know the whole area, and there was an eastside thread going for a while too.<br><br>
I moved from good ol sunny California (about 45 min east of SF).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have two pygmy goats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Let me know if I can give you any more info...<br><br>
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Goats! Neat! Thanks Tia <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where are you moving <i>from</i>?<br><br>
All three cities allow chickens. Not so sure about goats... But I've actually seen pigs in urban Portland neighborhoods, so who knows.<br><br>
Also check the Off the Grid forum. There have been some threads there about moving to Oregon.<br><br>
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Phoenix, possibly via Kansas. I was raised in the midwest but am coming from the desert, which, doesn't suit me at all.<br><br>
YAY chickens!<br><br>
OTG, good thinking...<br><br>
Thanks tired mama!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">O Pioneer!<br><br>
Hmm...well, DP lived there for awhile, "in his youth". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My little brother goes to school there, I do have friends in Pdx, I do like it...<br><br>
I was hoping for some, "Hey, this is my town and we love it b/c blah blah blah."<br><br>
Oh well.<br><br>
We're in a transitional phase and everything is up in the air, and so we're exploring possibilities I suppose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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portland is too far...*whiney voice*...you should move to eugene or somewhere more south...hint hint hint....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Mostly lurking here on this thread, but we're also thinking of moving to Portland area sometime, in the next two years. How's Troutdale, anyone? Looked at it online and it looks lovely.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">portland is too far...*whiney voice*...you should move to eugene or somewhere more south...hint hint hint....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:</div>
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Would Salem serve you better? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Mostly lurking here on this thread, but we're also thinking of moving to Portland area sometime, in the next two years. How's Troutdale, anyone? Looked at it online and it looks lovely.</div>
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Yes, Troutdale anyone??
 

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My aunt and uncle live in Troutdale I LOVE it there. We almost moved there, really only ended up on the westside because we have more friends and family over here. It gets a little colder and icier there in the winter than it does over here on the westside but not too much difference. It's a beautiful area over there.
 

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I like country livin' (I want chickens and a goat!) but cities are nice too.<br></div>
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Bumping with the above quote from the OP.<br><br>
So...is semi-rural possible near Portland?
 
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