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Old 05-10-2012, 03:24 PM   #16
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Be careful what you wish for... If you haven't spent winter time here you may not like it. Sunrise to sunset is about 8 hours and the sun is so low in the sky you don't get much light. Combine that with clouds and rain and it's just plain dark for about 3 months. Also, the air on the west side of the Cascades never really gets warm. The ocean and Sound stay in the 50's during summer, so when you go into shade or the sun goes down it gets cold, fast. One of the few things I miss from the east coast is the warm nights. I've know many people who move here from CA and AZ and can't take it for more than a few years.

That said, when it's clear and sunny (like today) it's FANTASTIC. The mountains, the water and islands, are almost enough to make up for the dark and rain. Almost...

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I've been in Seattle off and on over the years. I originate from North Dakota. I understand the lack of sun in the winter. And as I get older I find that I don't much care for daylight at 10:30 pm either. But I want to give it a shot. I love the land\sea interface. I hope to get a boat and do some exploring. I am looking forward to spending time in Canada and north. And before I move there I want to spend at least one two week vacation in the area during the winter months.
They say that Taos is just the opposite from Seattle. That is Taos has 70% of its time with clear skies. And Seattle has 70% of the year overcast. I know that when I moved here I had a hard time dealing with the lack in the change in the weather. I was here for 5 years before I felt my first cold front move through.
In your search don't overlook Colorado Springs, Woodland Park area. Also just about anywhere along the front range there is a nice mix of great life style and employment opportunity. A lot of people from the PNW end up along the east side of the front range.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:32 PM   #17
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I live in Edgewood actually, and yes, it's pretty darn good. FYI, the Bank of America owned foreclosure next to me will be a screaming deal for someone. Very nice home. Garage!
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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I moved to outside of Santa Fe (Lamy) from Seattle 4 years. Spent 5 years there, couldn't take it. Every Winter I felt like I was living on some alien planet that hadn't finished the terraforming quite yet.

I do miss Harborview though. Great hospital and I saw and learned things there that will be with me forever.

I raced WMRRA for a couple of years, nothing like getting a knee down running full wets in a supersport race. Whole new perspective.

I love the southwest though, and will never leave again.

Allergies here can be severe, and only hit after 2-3 years of exposure.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #19
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How do you feel about wind?
I got to experience that in 2010 when I rode through. Not fun! Of course we get hurricane force winds here in the NW Interior during the winter, so I might be able to trade.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:23 PM   #20
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I've been in Seattle off and on over the years. I originate from North Dakota. I understand the lack of sun in the winter. And as I get older I find that I don't much care for daylight at 10:30 pm either. But I want to give it a shot. I love the land\sea interface. I hope to get a boat and do some exploring. I am looking forward to spending time in Canada and north. And before I move there I want to spend at least one two week vacation in the area during the winter months.
They say that Taos is just the opposite from Seattle. That is Taos has 70% of its time with clear skies. And Seattle has 70% of the year overcast. I know that when I moved here I had a hard time dealing with the lack in the change in the weather. I was here for 5 years before I felt my first cold front move through.
In your search don't overlook Colorado Springs, Woodland Park area. Also just about anywhere along the front range there is a nice mix of great life style and employment opportunity. A lot of people from the PNW end up along the east side of the front range.
I spent the 90's kayaking all over WA and BC and it simply can't be beat. I've paddled with otters (river and sea), seals, sea lions, porpoises, orcas, gray and humpback whales, and even a bear one time. I can watch the NatGeo channel and honestly say, "Done that!" The mountains, the desert, the ocean, makes me wonder why I want to leave.

I'm looking at CO, it wasn't on my radar until recently so I want to check it out. I lived in Denver decades ago and hated it, and can't imagine it's gotten any better. Plus I've had my fill of cities, I like being near them so you can visit then get the hell out. I've got Vancouver BC one hour north and Seattle 2 hours south, so again, why am I wanting to leave?

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Old 05-11-2012, 05:28 AM   #21
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Chuck -- When you come through Taos, give me a shout. I'm in the book under "Johnny's Fabco". If you were to think about living in Taos, the standard recommendation is to rent for a year or so, to see if " The Mountain Likes You". It's not for everybody, and some seem to handle the lack of organization (some say utter chaos) better than others.

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Old 05-11-2012, 05:40 AM   #22
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If you want gainful employment, I'd definitely be checking out Colorado. There are lots of places near Denver that don't feel like huge cities. Golden is one example. As much as I loved living in Santa Fe, and still like to visit New Mexico a lot, it didn't work for me from an employment perspective. In Colorado, I have easy access to fantastic riding and a job that pays really well. And it's not that far away to get a New Mexico fix.
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:47 AM   #23
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I originally moved from the PNW and have been in Red River (Taos County) for over 20 years and have no desire to ever leave. It is a four season environment with skiing all winter and we even rode dirt for all but one month of last year. Granted we did have to drive down the hill mid winter, but I couldn't ask for more.
To make a living it is best to be as self sufficient as possible as the wages are generally low but if you have the desire and the means to run your own business you can't beat it.
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I originally moved from the PNW and have been in Red River (Taos County) for over 20 years and have no desire to ever leave. It is a four season environment with skiing all winter and we even rode dirt for all but one month of last year. Granted we did have to drive down the hill mid winter, but I couldn't ask for more.
To make a living it is best to be as self sufficient as possible as the wages are generally low but if you have the desire and the means to run your own business you can't beat it.
I had to check out Red River in 2010 because it beat Bellingham in Outside magazine's best place to live! Nice, but best? Hmmmm....

I live a pretty simple life and have almost no debt so I can survive a while on low income but at some point want money for more toys. My fantasy is to open a Triumph dealership in Taos with a motorsports themed pub, but I think that will stay a fantasy for the rest of my life. Gotta have goals, though, and that's a good one. Maybe I'll meet a rich heiress who needs my body and will fund my business? Weirder things have happened!

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Old 05-11-2012, 06:44 PM   #25
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Compared to Afganistan, Santa Fe's not too bad, at least some of the roads are paved
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:14 PM   #26
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So we've now had a full week of blue skies, warm temps, and clear roads. Plus the local fruit is just starting to come in - strawberries, then blueberries, cherries, apricots, peaches, and apples. Remind me, why the hell am I thinking about leaving???

Oh, that's right, October through March. Now I remember.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #27
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We've had a week of clouds and rain. Up north I hear that there was some snow.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:55 AM   #28
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I pulled into Taos last night and am ready to do some serious 'checking things out'. All those offers of help, I'm gonna PM you and see if we can get together sometime, somewhere. In the meantime food.

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Old 05-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #29
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Don't know how long you will be in Taos, but there is a Trials event taking place at the Sipapu Ski area this weekend, which is not very far from Taos. The Sipapu area has some of the best D/S, and off road riding (single track) in the state. Might be a good place to visit. Should be a good turn out. Enjoy.
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Drop a line if you head north, Tom. It's supposed to get really warm and toasty here next week - in the 90's.
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