PNW and Mountain West

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

  1. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Will you make it to the Seattle area?
     
  2. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Not this time, sadly.
     
  3. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    We've been in Vancouver, WA for a year now. Its starting to grow on me but still missing CO.
    This rainy season was no joke. Just when you think you can't possibly handle the rain anymore, you get a day of sun.
     
  4. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I've been really enjoying your landscapes on Instagram when you do get to play outside, though.
     
  5. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    It is very beautiful here. So much diversity as far as landscape goes. Waterfalls for daaayys.
     
  6. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I know! I recently learned that Google Earth has a waterfalls map. I fully intend to make good use of it while we're in Oregon.
     
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  7. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    Also visit Crater Lake. Even though I almost got eaten by a bear there, it's still on the list for the most beautiful places i've ever seen.
     
  8. user4290

    user4290 North of the Boarder

    I thought I would put it out there to see if any chickens will be in Seattle when I am there the last week of July. I'm traveling with a friend, so I don't think if she will think I am weird for wanting to meet an internet chicken for drinks but who knows!
     
  9. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Colorado chickens, tell me about the Denver area. D's company has been showing a lot of interest in promoting him and moving us to a larger market, and unlike the last two leads (Stamford, CT and Louisville), we're seriously considering this one.

    I'm not excited because of traffic, weather, and uprooting my very new business. But I also am excited because it would be really nice to live in a city again. My life feels so small here. And yeah, I'd still be in a flyover state in Colorado, but at least it's one with a JetBlue hub.

    The office is in Centennial. Should we be looking at housing there, Denver proper, or a different suburb? Where is the good arty stuff? Where is the good shopping? Where is the good dining?
     
  10. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

  11. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Honey yay Colorado! Denver proper is really expensive but there are a lot of nice houses in Centennial and also the other suburbs in that area. If I had to live in any neighborhood in Denver I'd choose the part near Louisiana-Pearl, which is an adorable neighborhood with a lot of character.

    Arty stuff, there are a lot of art galleries if you go down Santa Fe. All of the galleries are quite different and I've only ever been to one or two. Definitely worth checking out! (The Denver Art Museum is excellent, if you want something bigger/more mainstream. I had a yearly pass when I lived in Denver and it took many visits to see everything.)

    There are a lot of malls in Denver. Cherry Creek is probably the nicest but I really like Park Meadows because it's a bit more casual. There are some open air malls too that are pretty touristy (like the 16th Street Mall).

    I don't even know where to start with good dining. Probably Larimer Square. There's so much, spread out over the whole area, though. Lots to explore!
     
  12. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    It looks like my concerns about bad weather were unfounded. We'll be very slightly trading up.

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  13. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I love the Denver area. The traffic is insane, but you get that in any major city. We talked about moving out there a couple times but without jobs, that's just a dream. I spent most of my time in Aurora for work, which is kind of dumpy but kind of ok. I'd look elsewhere to live.
     
  14. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    @Honey denver is my dream city. You're going to fall in love with everything but the traffic. I miss it so much.

    Parker would be another option to look for places to live. It's more of a new booming Denver town and I hear the prices are more reasonable.
     
  15. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Plus flights to Denver are cheap, you'll get more visitors. :wink:
     
  16. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Ease of travel is a huge selling point. We might actually be able to afford to go back to NJ for a visit.
     
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  17. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    I hated living here, but it mostly boils down to being alone here so your milage may vary. The traffic is no joke, I don't really understand it. I think 50% of the population of Denver is just driving around the city at any given time. There's also constant accidents which make no sense, I don't know how people smash into each other and completely destroy their cars during rush hour when you can't go over 10 miles an hour on the interstate.

    I'm not an art person, but I went to the Denver Art Museum for their impressionists exhibit when a friend was visiting and it was lovely. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is great, they have multiple theatre venues in one area. Everything from touring broadway shows to small independent shows. Our favourite special occasion restaurant was Panzano which is an Italian restaurant downtown, within walking distance of the DCPA so great for dinner before a show.

    The weather was crazy. There were 3/4 big snow storms in the winter where there were several feet in a day, but then it all melts. For most of January and February there was no snow and it was close to 70 every day, you could go golfing and skiing in the same day. But then there were two snow storms in April.

    There's lots of hiking around for all skill levels. Breckenridge and Vail were really nice, I went in the summer when my mom came to visit. Never made it out to the big hot spring west of Vail which I wish we could have done. We are going to Colorado Springs on Monday to go to Garden of the Gods.
     
  18. Red Cardinal

    Red Cardinal Chicken

    The traffic is SHIT, but otherwise I love Denver. Denver proper is super expensive to buy housing in, so looking at the suburbs would probably be the best. The weather is actually pretty mild. They do get hit with late season snow storms, but I think the weather in Billings is worse.

    Having the major airport there will rock. They get some cheap flights!

    I don't think you'll have the isolated feeling you have in Billings. There are plenty of other populated and fun areas nearby, so you aren't the lone island big city in a vast landscape of nothingness, like in Billings.

    I really do love that city, though. We are thinking of moving back ourselves, sooner rather than our planned-upon later!
     
  19. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Yeah, the weather isn't as bad as I thought. The mountains can be bad, but Denver itself is pretty temperate. I was never able to pack away my boots or my flip flops for a full season. It CAN snow anytime between October and May, and I've seen blizzards in both, but then you have a really nice winter.
     
  20. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    October through May is nothing new after 4+ years here. Meteorogically speaking, I don't think I'll be satisfied unless we get back to California, which D isn't keen on.
     
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  21. user3695

    user3695 Chicken

  22. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    D set our move date. We have six weeks. I'm trying not to freak out.
     
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  23. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    Get your freak on girl. I'd be flipping out if J finally said we could move!
     
  24. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    It's weird because I'm the anxious one an D is always SO stoic. But he's stressed right now, working remotely for a new boss, and about to start traveling back and forth pretty frequently. We have to find a place and obviously COL is a lot higher there. It's like ... Do we want to spend a ton more and live in the same size house, essentially making the salary increase a wash? Or do we downsize and enjoy the disposable income? But at the same time I'm really excited about wrapping things up here and beginning our next adventure.
     
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  25. calicat

    calicat Queen of the Eggs

    I don't blame you one bit. Personally I'd want to downsize and enjoy the disposable income. You can always upgrade later. It's so hard to get rid of stuff that I think it would be easier to do it moving long distance.