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Old 02-28-2023, 10:19 AM
 
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Yes, if you're escaping the desert! But if you live there, it's damn frustrating and depressing. I can't live in that type of climate. Where I live now is similar to Oregon but not quite as pronounced. I don't like cloudy gray skies and there is a lot of that in the South.

Maybe August in Oregon would work for you!
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Old 02-28-2023, 12:42 PM
 
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The IGA in Rio Rico (exit 17), 10 miles from the border, was excellent at times. I did 90% of my grocery shopping there, over a four year period. I recall quite a few coming from Tubac to shop there. The checkpoint was a bit of a chokehold on business...I recall some older folks saying the checkpoint would be backed up, when they needed to use the restroom..badly..and if the chances of a secondary inspection were one in a hundred for a straight looking local, your number would eventually come up..and it is kind of intimidating considering they are ready to literally cut your car into pieces because of what a dog tells them. I hadn't been down there since 2013, so I don't know how legalization of rec weed has changed their tactics.
The IGA is still doing well here, it takes care of most my grocery/sundry shopping.

The checkpoint hasn't been an issue, maybe 2-3 minute slow-down at most. They are quick to move cars through if there isn't any flags. If middle aged and white, very unlikely to be pulled over. They've completed the rest areas just N. of the checkpoint at the Pima County border area that are very nice and maintained. There is no check point going South of course.
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Old 02-28-2023, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Yes, if you're escaping the desert! But if you live there, it's damn frustrating and depressing. I can't live in that type of climate. Where I live now is similar to Oregon but not quite as pronounced. I don't like cloudy gray skies and there is a lot of that in the South.

Maybe August in Oregon would work for you!
Not seeing much desert, high desert grasslands, that sort but not sand dunes. Lot's of rocks, hardpack, and mountains, not much flat ground.
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Old 02-28-2023, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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Yes, if you're escaping the desert! But if you live there, it's damn frustrating and depressing. I can't live in that type of climate. Where I live now is similar to Oregon but not quite as pronounced. I don't like cloudy gray skies and there is a lot of that in the South.

Maybe August in Oregon would work for you!
Actually, the last few years, we've been in Oregon from mid May and come home for monsoon in mid July. I bring my winter clothes.
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Old 03-01-2023, 06:45 AM
 
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I supposed I might be able to deal with several weeks in Oregon if I lived in a place that has a lot of sunny blue skies. Currently I don't; it's difficult. When I lived in Oregon, more than one person said "it doesn't start clearing up until July." Eh. It doesn't clear up until late August, in my experience. Some people love that. I don't.
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Old 03-04-2023, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Regarding woolens in OR in August -- not lately. People without AC are suffering.
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Old 03-04-2023, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Thanks to everyone for the advice! A lot of interesting possibilities, and we will visit in Spring if possible.


One question: When we price some places on VRBO, we always get a total that says: "Total includes fees, not tax." Does anyone know, IS there tax? How much?


Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2023, 08:40 PM
 
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We (wife and I), too, are looking to escape Portland and are beginning to explore the idea of escaping to Tucson. I'm tired of grey skies, cold and wet winters, broken sidewalks, increasing petty crime, homeless tents blocking sidewalks. I'm just beginning the process of exploring areas around Tucson and, so, join you in seeking suggestions...
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Old 04-13-2023, 04:47 AM
 
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We (wife and I), too, are looking to escape Portland and are beginning to explore the idea of escaping to Tucson. I'm tired of grey skies, cold and wet winters, broken sidewalks, increasing petty crime, homeless tents blocking sidewalks. I'm just beginning the process of exploring areas around Tucson and, so, join you in seeking suggestions...
You need to think of Tucson as almost two different areas. The city of Tucson itself where you will find potholed streets that remind you of driving in Mexico, lots of petty crime, increasing homeless problems and a number of increasing tent cities. But once you get outside of the Tucson city limits where it is either the unincorporated county or places like Oro Valley, Marana, etc it is almost a night/day difference.

Personally I live in Oro Valley and go to Tucson to work and on the weekends to find places to eat and shop at antique stores.
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Old 04-13-2023, 06:54 PM
 
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We (wife and I), too, are looking to escape Portland and are beginning to explore the idea of escaping to Tucson. I'm tired of grey skies, cold and wet winters, broken sidewalks, increasing petty crime, homeless tents blocking sidewalks. I'm just beginning the process of exploring areas around Tucson and, so, join you in seeking suggestions...
This was my first winter in Rio Rico and it was glorious. Funny thing is, it's the wettest/coldest winter on record!

50+ Puget Sound winters was enough.
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