Well... I never thought I'd see the day when I'd want to move away from Colorado, but ever since I first visited Oregon, I've thought if I ever did move somewhere else, Oregon could be the place. Pretty much everything Colorado has, plus the ocean - and oxygen. And a butt-load more trees! And, yeah, I've heard all about the rain (renaissanceWoman lived in Corvallis for most of a year before I knew her) - but after close to 30 years living in the desert that is western Colorado, I'm thinking a little moisture might be a nice change. Besides, I've never been known to let a little rain spoil my ride! I've been following this regional forum for a while now, and I'm looking forward to meeting up with the local DS community - from what I've read here, and from what I've seen on my previous visits, I could ride for the rest of my days and not see all the PNW has to offer! And since I'm a working joe like most of you probably are, and my riding time is limited, I'll be grateful for any tips I you care to offer - I'll buy the beer ! Fortunately there's no shortage of great beer to choose from - another thing CO and OR have in common! Anyway, renaissanceWoman found herself a job at OSU, moved out to start working, and provided we can find a place to live(?), I'll follow her out later this summer. I had read about the housing/rentals situation in the area, but until my wife got there and started looking, I didn't appreciate how desperate it really is! It's almost like the mall on the day after Thanksgiving! The good stuff gets snapped-up before it hits the ads. Sheesh! We're looking for something temporary for a year or two while we sell our house here - no kids or pets, just two responsible (okay, one ), quiet adults. If anyone reading this has any tips, feel free to PM me or chime in here - it'd be greatly appreciated! Also, to any of you in the building trades - how's business? I'll be looking for a job in a cabinet shop and I see there are a couple big shops in the area - any recommendations before I start beating the street and introducing myself? I can't wait to get out there! Every night, my wife tells me about the latest trail she hiked or about another road she thought would be good for riding. Ouch! Don't worry about me... I'll just be here painting the decks and windows and packing and and, oh yeah, working 50 hour weeks down at the shop :huh! See you on the road!