I figure the dogs are going to make things difficult in finding a place but she insists she wanted out of Norfolk because of the traffic...
She thinks the traffic will be lighter in NW WA??
totally agree, the I5 corridor is terrible and traffic in Everett is pretty bad, especially around the Mall.
DW's sister and cousin live there and the traffic congestion there is bad, and that's from a former SoCal resident.
don't know anything about Norfolk but hard to believe it's worse.
there are a number of Snohomish County parks nearby that have campgrounds. don't know what restrictions there are as far as length of stay but should be available on their website.
and the bigger dogs shouldn't be an issue.
Wenberg Park is a nice place to stay. used to be a Washington SP. we spent a weekend there and there's a current thread about it, on this forum.
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I live in Everett and have lived in this area on and off for ~15 years. WA state is a great place to live, quality of life is very high. There are multiple military facilities (years ago I was at Bangor in the Navy). Many service people ask to be stationed out here for recreation and quality of life.
The base in Everett is downtown. However the support complex (exchange, housing, etc) is actually in Marysville (the next town North). I would recommend looking at living in Marysville, Granite Falls, or Lake Stevens for ease of commute and lower rental costs (as opposed to Seattle or areas South).
I don't know about camping close in, I always take the RV out of this area! However the previously mentioned Lake Pleasant in Bothell is in a nice area and it is reverse commute to the base, so traffic won't be hideous. Traffic around here can be bad, but not like some of those congested east coast cities. I've heard good things about Lake Pleasant, I've driven past there many times, just never stopped.
There are tons of RV destinations from here. State parks are great (but many are on reservations system and book up) as well as many private parks.
The main downside is we do get a long "grey" season, but the summers are just fantastic.
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bikendan- Norfolk is pretty bad it takes her 2 hrs to go 16 miles every day. My DH swore he would never go back there(he was stationed there when he was in the Navy years ago) of course both kids joined the navy & ended up there!
aclay- Thank you for that info I will pass it on to her so she can check those locations out.
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