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Old 03-02-2015, 11:59 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by Tie Dye View Post
Thank you all for the great suggestions. We at least have a few more options to look into, if when we come to visit Leavenworth in a couple of weeks we HATE it!!! It is a big decision to move so far from where we have lived our entire lives but we are very ready for change and a big move seems like it will be just that.
Caution on All or nothing attitudes in liking a place / moving. Those will kill the potential success of the adventure,

1) life is not over till it's over (which can come at any time...)
2) Moving is not impossible to do again (I have had to move 3 farms due to taxes ($10,000+ 10 yrs (each) to rebuild soils / orchards / barns / fences / herds...)
3) we did international work and moved every couple years during homeschool age
4) You might HATE Leavenworth, yet Love Cashmere (<15 miles apart)
5) Decisions such as moving / social / medical need change during life. You only know what you know today! not what tomorrow will bring (disability). The day before I turned age 18... I did not know that tomorrow I would become a 'caregiver' for the next 32 yrs. Now with a sick spouse, probably another 30+ yrs in the trenches. Not a choice, but what one has to deal with. (and continue to make a living and a life for your family.)

Be flexible, life is not perfect or fair.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:25 PM
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Yeah, unless you've got a bucket of money, you should steer clear of the "maddening crowd" and look for areas that are less in the spotlight. Leavenworth has limited commercial properties available and restrictive commercial zoning. Currently popular burgs such as Port Townsend can be limited in their ability to absorb population growth, with escalating housing prices the result.

Olympia or Bellingham would be better for a tie-dye shop - maybe sell bongs as a sideline.
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Old 03-10-2015, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
"Excess sunshine"? lol I don't think anyone was hoping for "excess sunshine" (whatever that is). But something closer to a "normal" amount of sunshine, normal for anyplace but the rainy, cloudy, gloomy NW, that is.

Good to know, though, that "less rain" doesn't mean "more sun". Welcome to the NW, OP. Actually, I do think that it's been documented that "less rain" means a few weeks' more sun, but y'know, around the Puget Sound, that's all very relative.

I used to spend summers in the San Juan Islands and Victoria as a kid, and in both those places it was well known and advertised that they got about 1 month more sun than Seattle and Vancouver, and they're in the same "rain shadow" as Sequim.

Good posts clarifying "less rain" doesn't mean "more sun". Those who've never lived in WA might not understand that. Having lived in the greater Seattle area, I recall 9 months of gray skies and a good amount of drizzle. Living now in the SW now for the past few years, I've dried out and gotten an overdose of sunshine so we are so ready to move back.
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