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Old 12-28-2016, 10:21 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I suspect your coworkers were transplants. Texans are proud of their state including native Austinites.

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yeah, I have to keep remembering to to leave my TX stars and A&M wardrobe in my TX home.

It really IS handy to have a TX home and a PNW home... (74F and STARS tonight (Dec 28) in Hill Country) 10+ deer bedded down in the front yard. On SWA, Coolers of Salmon and berries fly FREE from PNW to TX, and barter for BBQ and Brisket) Also will be bringing to PNW a few $4 bags of TX grapefruit 15# each.

Camas is one of many nice areas for OP, but.... you may end up homeschooling (very popular and sometimes necessary. We arrived 'friendless' and 8.5 months pregnant with #1, didn't know a soul. Worked out great, and we were engaged and accepted into each activity we sought.

For toddlers there is a great Camas preschool / play co-op.

Camas-Washougal Co-op Preschool

Take opportunities to 'group camp'. We did that as families and formed really good, long lasting relationships. (All were Camas 'faith' based groups)

Some good places to Start are Camas Assembly, and nearby Grace Foursquare (We have attended neither, but have friends in each). We prefer LITTLE groups / home churches / home fellowships. Plenty of all in CW. PM me if you have specific needs / interests (but.... our kids are 10+ yrs out of college (Running Start + early U). We are still very engaged in schools, volunteering, elder care for shut-ins, Lost and Found Cafe, Treasure House, ...

Plenty of options, great ways to engage your family and meet others.
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Old 12-28-2016, 10:40 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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btw: if homeschool is an option, get in touch with this group, they are very helpful (including school and tutoring needs)
Clark County Home Educators - News & Events

frequent 12 week 'field trips' were pretty nice! (But really cut into 'earnings' (too bad )

but we also lived / homeschooled internationally before kids were of Running Start age. Not the best, not right for everyone, but we survived and the kids TOO! (kids are FAR more resilient than 'parents') We would have left C/W and headed to sunshine if it were my choice, but... alas, the choice was NOT mine! (Family / activities / commitments / responsibilities to consider!

But that also means there is HOPE / endurance for those of us who are NOT happy to work and play 200+ days / yr in the mud. I will admit that I LOVE having the opportunity to live in the Scenic Gorge (and only be 20 min from PDX!). The Columbia Gorge wind / weather is intense, but.... not as bad as WY and Estes Park CO (childhood ranch home)
Best wishes, and just ask if you have questions or needs.

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Old 01-06-2017, 10:42 PM
 
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Smelled the mill from 3 miles NW of it, today.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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I appreciate the replies. I realize not everyone will share the same experiences and opinions of a place therefore feedback will vary. Stealthrabbit, much appreciated. I wish I could afford to have a home there and a home here in TX but that won't be the case. As far as homeschooling, that won't happen as well. I love my career and will continue to work so public school is a certainty. We'll probably rent a home (if we can find one) and just play it by ear to see if it's somewhere we'd want to plant our roots permanently. Here's to a new adventure!
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:46 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Good luck, thanks for checking back. Many options.

I will assure you my '2' homes are (far) less expensive to buy and maintain than one 'Normal' home in either location. (I am very frugal and build my own). I loved my career too, so chose to work nights for 20 yrs so I could farm and homeschool (and earn our one and only paycheck).

There are plenty of housing and area choices here, renting should be fine. If you are working, keep that commute to a minimum during the 'kid-years'. as possible.
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