We spent two weeks traveling the Pacific Northwest in May of 2021. We have a video showing highlights of that trip, linked below. We landed in Portland, OR, drove a total of 3,500 miles over the course of two weeks, through the center of Oregon to the California Redwoods, up the Oregon coast to Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier. It didn't take us long to know "we could live here". The driving is better, the people are genuinely kind, the environment holds unlimited adventure and we love the GREAT OUTDOORS!
When we arrived home in Travelers Rest, within a few days we started talking more seriously about the possibility of actually moving to the Pacific Northwest. Why do all of those Pros above matter? Fulfillment in a short life, for sure. Giving my son Owen (now 10) the experience of a life-time could create generational change in a positive way. There are complications to moving out west, however. My 10-year old son is in a shared custody agreement and there's no way I would leave without him. Owen's Mom would be interested in moving out west but she has challenges in her own life, such as nearby aging parents (whereas both of my parents have passed).
I bought a truck a few months ago with the intention of pulling a small camper and now we're talking about potentially pulling something that is 36 feet long and living in it! My truck isn't capable of hauling the weight so it would mean swapping out the truck! Yikes! I've always wondered why a "new" truck would be for sale with so few miles on it... now I know at least one possibility.
Jobs - huge. All 3 of us would need to find jobs, ideally remotely. Only a global pandemic could make this so possible. Prior to the pandemic, almost any employer would say "Oh, remote work is impossible!". Covid-19 showed them otherwise. :) Right now my wife is in a good position at work and leaving that position would give anyone pause.
That's it... post # 1 about this subject. I want to catalog our experience so we can look back at the memories, decision making, etc as we go along. Check back to see where we are in 10 days, 10 weeks 10 months, or 10 years. We'll get there if we truly want it!