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hitchup wrote:

... And in response to "gotsmart", as much as we love the PacNW states and fir trees, it rains too much on Western side of Cascades. DH gets SAD (seasonal affective disorder). It doesn't bother me as much, since I grew up in WA State (both sides). Graduated from HS next to Aberdeen, married at the Beach, DH did college there, then moved to OR for 10 yrs before we moved to GA. No SAD in Georgia!

Yeah...to live in WA west of the Cascades means you pretty much have to be immune to the effects of waterboarding. Winter in Oregon is a bit more dry.

I tell ya though, when the dry season kicks in after Spring (May to October) it is wonderful here.


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Yeah...to live in WA west of the Cascades means you pretty much have to be immune to the effects of waterboarding. Winter in Oregon is a bit more dry.

I tell ya though, when the dry season kicks in after Spring (May to October) it is wonderful here.


When we plan Family Reunions in WA or OR, we always waited until AFTER the 4th of July to guarantee nice weather. But have been in Portland Memorial Day weekend and it was beautiful. Then left and winter returned for the family. LOL


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I live in the "exception" area to the above wet-west-side rule.

The Hadlock/Port Townsend (Quimper Peninsula) area lies within the footprint of the rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains- around 18 inches of rainfall a year is the norm here.

For perspective, the Sahara desert gets around 11 inches a year...


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gotsmart wrote:


Yeah...to live in WA west of the Cascades means you pretty much have to be immune to the effects of waterboarding. Winter in Oregon is a bit more dry.

I tell ya though, when the dry season kicks in after Spring (May to October) it is wonderful here.


The dry season is even better east of the Cascades. Sunshine almost every day from May 'til October, mild temperatures (generally mid 80s in the day and 50s at night), low humidity (less than 40%), and relatively inexpensive land (build a barn for the RV and add an apartment for yourself).

There are not many evergreen trees but lots of Russian Olive trees and thousands of orchards and vineyards. Lakes and rivers for kayaking and fishing and swimming. Best of all... no traffic jams!

Winters can be rough but California is relatively close and AZ not much farther. So our retirement plan is to have a place near Moses Lake or Tri Cities for the summer and spend the winter visiting the great southwest.

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Francesca Knowles wrote:

I live in the "exception" area to the above wet-west-side rule.

The Hadlock/Port Townsend (Quimper Peninsula) area lies within the footprint of the rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains- around 18 inches of rainfall a year is the norm here.

That's one reason why I like to stay at Diamond Point Resort in Sequim - because it's in the lee of the Olympics.... and really close to 7 Cedars Casino.

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I've been here at the Travel Inn RV Resort since October (mid April can't come soon enough for me).

In the clubhouse we've been talking over coffee about $5/gallon fuel prices. With the fuel prices that we currently have, the bunch of us that are parked here for the winter are sooo glad we did not head south. Coming north from AZ in April is going to make the wallet hurt.

Anyway, what we're already considering now - for this coming summer - is to eliminate some of the far away (distance-wise) parks from each of our itineraries and do a tighter circuit of parks for our summertime park hopping, in an effort to not blow the budget on fuel costs.

I would love to go to the Spokane area this summer, but with estimates of fuel being $4.50 to $5.00 this summer there is no way I will be driving east of the Cascades in my V10 gas vampire.

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DW and I have been fulltiming for 3 years, always on the lookout for our final homestead. And where we are NOT in any great hurry to sell our rig, we have found the area that we would like to settle into.. as for your main question..

"What Eastern States" would we choose I can only think of two..

Oregon and Washington (state)... in both cases.. just EAST of the Pacific Coast and definately West of the coastal mountain ranges.


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lmcclure wrote:

We have the best of both worlds, Tennessee in the summer and Texas in the winter.


Forget TN in the summer. I live there. The summers are hot, humid and even the nights are torrid. From mid June to mid Sept it's too hot to do much more than sit in the shade and sip an iced drink.

I wont even go into the ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, biting flies and other insects and bugs.


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Eastern Washington is much underrated when it comes to Washington State...the main thing that keeps me on the westside is family connections.

Though a bit "harsh" in terms of weather, it's beautiful over there. Land is still relatively cheap, water in the Columbia Basin is virtually free, and power in some Counties is dirt cheap.

If I had my druthers (or could Command My Family to move!) I'd be posting right now from someplace in, say, Grant County.

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