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Ian Van Halen
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
How to fix Spokane on 03/29/2013 11:57:49 MDT Print View

Go to Spokane. Develop poor opinion. Drive to Yakima. Opinion of Spokane will immediately improve.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
ID or MT on 03/29/2013 12:28:30 MDT Print View

Never been to Boise. The founder of the Mean Been (Zion) moved there when he sold out, which is a good endorsement.

Missoula is a mini-PDX. As much culture as you'll get in Montana, crap weather in the winter, and in a bad fire season lots of smoke in town in the summer. Big college culture and all the good/bad which comes with. If you can find a way to make a living, super fun and easy town to live in. Bike commuting, trails in town, etc.

Bozeman is 2k higher and on the Atlantic side of the divide. Translation; colder, more snow, less rain, a LOT more sun. The local ski hill (Bridger) is the best in the state, as opposed to Missoula Snowbowl which is.....not. Town still has a substantial college/liberal feel, but it is more reserved. More of a traditional western slash stodgy rich person presence. Bozeman is the best town in the state in terms of easy access to a diversity of backcountry terrain.

Visit and find out.

John Martin
(snapyjohn) - M

Locale: Pacific NW
Yakima on 03/29/2013 12:30:35 MDT Print View

That's funny I always call Spokane a giant Yakima. Yakima claims to be the Palm Springs of Washington. Wenatchee Washington is on the small side but closed enough to Seattle?

Ian Van Halen
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Yakima on 03/29/2013 12:55:16 MDT Print View

Wenatchee is actually my dream location but I didn't suggest it as the OP is looking for a largeish city and one where his company is located. I'd actually live somewhere between Wenatchee and Leavenworth for: desert 15 minutes to the east & mountains and trees 15 minutes to the west; fly fishing; skiing; boating; hockey; awesome hiking trails; affordable housing; etc etc.

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Re: Re: Yakima on 03/29/2013 13:49:45 MDT Print View

Wow, I have never heard anyone refer to Wenatchee as a "dream location." Yakima must really be bad. :)

Ian Van Halen
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Sure why not on 03/29/2013 14:40:25 MDT Print View

Different strokes for different folks. I wouldn't move there for the city. I couldn't care less about that. I've lived in my fair share of large cities and don't have any reason to go back. Living an hour or so away from Seattle is fine for me.

Part of the appeal is that it is off the radar and the hasn't been flooded with California money. Actually..... Wenatchee really sucks. No one should move there.

Edit: Yakima is bad enough that I suffered through a 150 mile round trip commute to avoid living there for five years. I finally was able to transfer to an office closer to home so life is bueno.

They are working hard to turn the city around but the bangers keep the Yakima in a perpetual state of misery. I wish them well as the location is not horrible once you get past the crime. One hour to White Pass Ski resort; one hour to Rainier; two hours to Seattle for the occasional Mariners game; great hiking; fishing; cheap housing; etc.

Where I live now is no prize necessarily but it's fine until I retire in 9 years 4 months 5 days.

Edited by IDBLOOM on 03/29/2013 14:56:29 MDT.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Sure why not on 03/29/2013 16:29:22 MDT Print View

Thats why they say Crackima and Spokompton






BTW- Thanks everybody!! Good answers! (the ones I wanted to see) (yessss) We'll make a trip and hopefully my position opens up.

Edited by WoodenWizard on 03/29/2013 19:21:10 MDT.

Bob Shaver
(rshaver) - F

Locale: West
yakima, wenatchee, boise on 04/04/2013 21:19:20 MDT Print View

Yakima: lived there 10 years, great if you want your kids to join a gang. White Pass ski area is close, Goat Rocks have some hiking but not a lot. Snoqualmie Pass, Alpine Lakes, and Stuart Range are close by, Rainier and Olympics are not far.

Wenatchee: lived there 10 years, liked it. The Stuart Range and Icicle canyon is in the back yard. North Cascades, Leavenworth, Lk Chelan, North Cross Highway, Alpine Lakes, Stevens pass and Snogualmie Pass ski areas are close, Mission Ridge very close

Boise: have lived here 18 years. Its a paradise for mtn bikers, and white water fans. There is far more backpacking in Idaho than in Washington state. Lots of road biking. Hiking in foothills. Something like 19 mountain ranges in the state. Lots of road biking, club rides, and group rides. Much sunnier and drier than Portland. You can fly fish, kayak, and canoe in downtown Boise, and lots of same in the rest of the state. Good university. Bogus Basin ski area 19 miles away, season pass is $225. Cross country skiing all over the place. If you are outdoor oriented, you would like Boise.

links to Idaho trip reports:

http://backpackingtechnology.com/backpacking-trips/kane-lake-in-the-pioneer-range-of-idaho/

http://backpackingtechnology.com/backpacking-trips/wood-river-magic-rocks/

http://backpackingtechnology.com/backpacking-trips/bonneville-hot-springs-in-winter/

http://backpackingtechnology.com/backpacking-trips/white-cloud-mountains-idaho-castle-peak-loop/

http://backpackingtechnology.com/backpacking-trips/sawtooth-8-day-backpack/

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: yakima, wenatchee, boise on 04/04/2013 22:08:13 MDT Print View

Yakima, Spokane, Boise - dry, hot, dusty, miserable in summer, blizzardy in the winter - more based on my folks who escaped the area than my own experience. (spoken by a jaded mildewed west sider)

"Goat Rocks have some hiking but not a lot."

What are you talking about??? That has to be one of the best areas in the galaxy. Might be tough to do a long thru hike like in the Sierras.