PNW and Mountain West

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by Honey, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I'm not going to get my hopes up, but do we have any chickens in the Pacific Northwest or Mountain West? I know there are a couple in SLC and Denver. Anyone else in Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming or Montana? Consider this your roll call. Now that we live in MT, I want to get to know all of your lovely states.
     
  2. redredrose

    redredrose Chicken

    Someday, when I'm filthy rich, or when it's not a billion dollars to fly to Montana, I will visit you.
     
  3. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    That flight is always going to be a billion dollars. This is why we haven't visited Metro-NY since we moved away.
     
  4. redredrose

    redredrose Chicken

    We are divided by land and time.
     
  5. tacocat

    tacocat Chicken

    I was under the impression that the only way into Montana was on horseback. Or dog sled, in winter.

    Salt Lake City, here! Land of 3.2% beer, Mormons, and.. That's about it? I still love it, though.

    Took a trip to Lava Hot Springs, ID last weekend. It was lovely.
     
  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    3.2% beer? Why even bother?
     
  7. tacocat

    tacocat Chicken

    Yep, anything over 3.2 has to be sold at the state run liquor stores, and can't be served on tap at bars. We actually have a TON of great microbreweries here, whose high point beers are served in other states in a way that locals have never experienced.

    You just have to drink twice as much :wink:
     
  8. kthom

    kthom Cute Food <3

    We always go to Park City, UT in the summer for our all company meeting. It's so pretty there. Even with 3.2% beer people still manage to get really drunk on the trips.
     
  9. Red Cardinal

    Red Cardinal Chicken

    Wyoming gal, here! We are actually trying to move to Boise, Idaho. But, I was born and raised in Wyoming, moved to DC for 5 years after college, then came back to Wyoming for grad school. I love it, but making a living here is kind of hard.

    Do you mind sharing where you are in MT? (You can PM me if you don't want that out there.) I just spent my honeymoon running all over western Montana and Glacier! I LOVED it. Holy cow, that is some beautiful country.
     
  10. Red Cardinal

    Red Cardinal Chicken

    We have thought about moving to SLC, but aren't entirely sure we could manage the conservative culture. I know there are some really cool pockets of SLC, and it is absolutely GORGEOUS. Rooster and I have gone through Lava Hot Springs a few times when driving to Boise to do some reconnaisance in prep of trying to move. LHS seems like a cute little town.
     
  11. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    We're not anywhere pretty. We're in Billings. I think you're the closest Chicken to me now, geographically.
     
  12. Red Cardinal

    Red Cardinal Chicken

    My SIL and her family live in Billings. Rooster and I visit a couple of times a year. Rooster wanted to move there for a while, but I never quite fell for it. We live in Laramie, now. We would stay if it weren't for the 9-month winters and regular 40+ MPH winds. Are you enjoying Billings? Did I gather correctly that you are from Metro NY originally?
     
  13. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I'm from California originally, but lived in northern New Jersey for six years before moving to Billings. We've been here for a couple years now. Montana feels a lot more like home to me than Jersey did. Like home, but colder, and with less shopping.
     
  14. Red Cardinal

    Red Cardinal Chicken

    Ha! When we go to Billings we are excited BECAUSE of the shopping!
     
  15. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I know, people come from all the surrounding states because we're the biggest city between Spokane and MSP west-east, and the biggest between Calgary and Denver north-south. You would think with that kind of draw, they could put a fucking Macy's here.
     
  16. tacocat

    tacocat Chicken

    Honestly, it is a non-issue for us. We live in a downtown-adjacent neighborhood, and absolutely love it. Stuff is closed on Sundays, and not being able to buy wine at the grocery store is silly, but that's the extent of it.

    The city is clean, beautiful, relatively safe, and there is SO MUCH to do here. I also feel like SLC is a city that is rapidly growing, and can't wait to see what it's like in the next 10 years.
     
  17. a_moo_point

    a_moo_point Chicken

    Washington/Oregon here! I live in Seattle now and I grew up in Portland- PNW forever! Seriously though, I love it here. Welcome to the West!
     
  18. gimmeoatmeal

    gimmeoatmeal Chicken

    Someone tell me about those qt little islands off the coast kf Washington. Orcas, etc. Worth a visit? What about Leavenworth, around the holidays?
     
  19. a_moo_point

    a_moo_point Chicken

    The San Juan Islands are absolutely beautiful! So much wildlife around- killer whales in the summer (we have 3 resident pods), humpback whales occasionally, porpoise, seals, sea lions, bald eagles...the list goes on! The islands are super quaint and there is lots of outdoorsy stuff to do like kayaking, hiking, and tidepooling. Some of the islands are nice for a very quiet and relaxing getaway since you're so far away from big cities. San Juan Island is the biggest of them. Leavenworth is fun, also really beautiful. They do a HUGE Christmas thing every year, and even have several year round holiday stores. There are a bunch of wine tasting rooms (usually for vineyards in central washington) and of course lots of beer! Wouldn't be a German village without that! :) The only thing about Leavenworth is you have to go through Snoqualmie Pass, and in the winter weather can be dicey. If it snows in the pass you're kind of screwed.
     
  20. gimmeoatmeal

    gimmeoatmeal Chicken

    Thanks for the info, moo! We're thinking about doing a quick little trip through Washington, in December. Just haven't decided on the logistics. If we go for it, we'll have an ~18 month old, with us, so dangerous roads will probably be a "no".
     
  21. fetch

    fetch Chicken

    If I got a job in Bothell, and my husband got a job in Seattle proper, where shold we live?
     
  22. a_moo_point

    a_moo_point Chicken

    Hmm, that's tough. I'd suggest living in North Seattle somewhere, but he may have to have a rough commute. Traffic in and out of Seattle from the North can be beastly. But if you live south of Seattle your commute gets pretty bad. My parents lived in Queen Anne once and my mom commuted to Bothell and hated it. You could try looking around Bellevue/Kirkland- you'd have an easy time getting to Bothell I think and he'd have to cross over the 520 or I-90 bridge. Traffic on I-90 gets hairy because 520 has a toll. Consequently, traffic on 520 is a breeze now. :) Is he working downtown?
     
  23. fetch

    fetch Chicken

    He actually doesn't have a job up there yet, so I'm just guessing. He's in IT so I'm guessing whatever he gets will be around downtown-ish. Is Bellevue/Kirkland a cool place to live? We're childfree and want to live somewhere with coffee shops and bookstores and brunch.
     
  24. a_moo_point

    a_moo_point Chicken

    Hmm, Bellevue might not be the best for you guys then...definitely not a hip scene over there, lol. In Seattle though, every neighborhood has coffee shops! :) You might look into neighborhoods like Greenwood, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, or even Ballard. Ballard is a bit farther away from a freeway, but it's a very cool area to live. Lots of good food, bars, and shops.
     
  25. kthom

    kthom Cute Food <3

    Gimme doesn't do whales.