After much thought, Grant and I have decided to move to Oregon when he finishes his residency! We weighed the pros and cons of an east coast vs. west coast life - the winter length and intensity of both (I'm a snow fan, Grant not so much), the politics, culture, geography, lifestyle and of course his job offers, and in the end Maine - as beautiful as it is - didn't have the je-ne-sais-quoi of Oregon. There was just something about the west - when we visited it felt like home.
For those who don't know much about it, Oregon is essentially what you'd have if California and British Columbia had a baby: mountains, coast, massive trees, nature... and in Grants Pass particularly there is a rare Mediterranean climate. The town is tucked between mountain ranges in a rain shadow, on the Rogue River. There are hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. There isn't much snow to speak of - as the locals say, "we can drive to it, but we don't have to drive through it." Within an hour or two you can be hiking or biking in the mountains, chilling on a coastal beach, exploring California, enjoying a local winery or kayaking and white water rafting on the Rogue.
Come visit us. If "the third time's the charm" our third house will be our forever home, so I plan to have room for guests - potentially my dream B&B - with a pool, garden and mountain view. We can sip fair trade coffee, craft beer and nibble organic food like true west coast hippies. Now excuse me while I go dread my hair and get a few tattoos in preparation.
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