I'm contemplating a cross-country move to Portland, OR. Does anyone have any tips or advice?

El-Jaro El-Jaro
So, I'm contemplating a cross-country trip/move in the next 18 months or so to Portland, OR.

Anyone in the area who can post on it? Anyone ever move across country and have some tips?
02/18/2013
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
Give the cats a large collapsible kennel (I used the fabric and plastic tubing type). It keeps them out of your driving space, and keeps them safe in one spot. They'll likely spend most of their time lying in the litter box, so keep it clean when you stop at rest stops, and always offer them food at the rest stops. Water should be always available and in a reasonably-sized bowl/cup that won't slosh about easily.

Stop at every rest stop, too. Even if you don't need to "go", you still need the break to stretch and give your eyes/mind a break from driving.

If you need to change interstates or go on state routes, check the actual set up of the exits. This always got me when I'd drive through Memphis and Kansas City because their exits are on both sides of the road (left and right).

When you're tired, go ahead and call it a night and find a hotel. PS - make sure they're Pet Friendly or at least have a reasonable pet deposit.

South Dakota is made to induce Highway Hypnosis. Take a break every half-hour if you need to. And stop by Wall Drug - the kitschiest tourist trap in America, but it has 5-cent coffee and is worth a lookie.

Get your car thoroughly tuned up and all the fluids replaced - including getting the differential greased (not checking that caused my car to catch fire in Georgia).

I advise to not move in the winter - it becomes too complicated.

Price your options - it may be cheaper to ship your stuff by freight than to rent a U-Haul.

Have a First Night Box ready with toiletries, bedding, towels, lamp, etc. so you don't have to unpack everything as soon as you get in.

Don't be surprised if homesickness hits and you wonder WTF you were thinking by moving. It'll pass.

Take your time and enjoy the trip. I regret not being about to do that when I had to move cross-country twice.
02/18/2013
tami tami
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
So, I'm contemplating a cross-country trip/move in the next 18 months or so to Portland, OR.

Anyone in the area who can post on it? Anyone ever move across country and have some tips?
we moved from Ohio to Nevada and then back to Ohio it was fun but would not do it again.
02/18/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
Give the cats a large collapsible kennel (I used the fabric and plastic tubing type). It keeps them out of your driving space, and keeps them safe in one spot. They'll likely spend most of their time lying in the litter box, so keep it clean when ... More
I've been to Wall Drug. You're spot on with that...and South Dakota too.

Summer '97 I took a school trip out to Glacier Ntl Park and back. It was nice to get off the mitten for a couple weeks.

I have the cat boxes and found the XM station that plays Garrison Keeler. Dip loves Garrison Keeler for some reason.

We've looked into the shipping option. Another idea was to sell as much stuff as possible and just buy new/used when we get there. Since it's PDX, I'm thinking I'm going to sell the car for moving money.

Thanks for the suggestions!
02/18/2013
js250 js250
Portland is a nice city, but the interstate hub is a fricking nightmare!!! Right across the river is Vancouver Wa--a very nice medium sized college town. Let me know when you move down there, I have friends and such that can help answer any questions you may have about things to do, etc. OH!! Go to Canon Beach --beautiful area!!

Do NOT be an idiot like I am--it takes a few days to go from Detroit to Portland...Hubby and I drove from Montana to the bottom of Alabama in 4 days--round trip!!!--holy hell...

Good luck, the west coast is absolutely beautiful and even though I live in Mt and complain--west is the place for me!!
02/18/2013
js250 js250
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I've been to Wall Drug. You're spot on with that...and South Dakota too.

Summer '97 I took a school trip out to Glacier Ntl Park and back. It was nice to get off the mitten for a couple weeks.

I have the cat boxes and ... More
How did you like Glacier?? It has to be one of the most beautiful places in Montana...of course Yellowstone is the most unusual!!
02/18/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by js250
How did you like Glacier?? It has to be one of the most beautiful places in Montana...of course Yellowstone is the most unusual!!
Loved it! Wool socks, Airwalks, pullover, shorts on the first day of summer!
02/18/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
So, I'm contemplating a cross-country trip/move in the next 18 months or so to Portland, OR.

Anyone in the area who can post on it? Anyone ever move across country and have some tips?
I agree with 'js250', since she lives in OR. It will take you several days to travel from MI to OR so plan on several stops along your journey. Should you decide to move to OR consider that the state has NO sales tax; but it does have a progressive income tax (more than MI)! Unlike the state of Washington, where I live, we have NO income tax but we do have a sales tax, so if you should choose to live in Vancouver, WA you could have the best of both worlds from a tax perspective.

Living in Portland is not very expensive, depending on location. Downtown Portland has a free transportation system called the Max Rail. Nearby Mount Hood has wonderful hiking and skiing adventures. I've hiked along some sections of the Cascade Mountains in OR that are fantastic. You can see lots of interesting places along the OR coast as well, such as several lighthouses and parks, from Astoria, OR. (where Lewis and Clark stayed at Fort Clatsop in the winter of 1805-6); to Tillamook, OR. (famous for their cheese making); and south to Florence, OR. (famous for the Oregon Dunes National Rec. Area).

In addition to MT. Hood, there is also Crater Lake National Park in south eastern part of OR. in addition to the Hell Canyon N.R.A. in the northeastern section of the state.

Your approach to reaching Oregon is along I-84. Message me if you have more specific questions. I've lived in Seattle more than 10 years and have visited, flown, and vacationed in the Portland area almost every year! Lots of great and historic restaurants to see and experience too!






Crater Lake, OR.
02/18/2013
AwesomeAmanda AwesomeAmanda
I live about 2 1/2 hours from portland. Love it here. I'm from california and never going back!
02/18/2013
AwesomeAmanda AwesomeAmanda
and honestly if you want to live in oregon, your goin to have to get used to rainy crappy weather, if you move in summer or winter!! You get used to doing everything in the rain!!
02/18/2013
The Vixen The Vixen
I live in Washington and go down to Portland quite frequently. I think Portland is a very nice city and I actually like it better than Seattle.
The weather in Oregon is a little nicer too, it's not as grey.

Also, as people have mentioned; there is no sales tax in Oregon but they make up for it by having an income tax. I go down there and do a lot of shopping, especially for big items.
The traffic can be insane during certain times but I think that's to be expected with most major cities.
Also something to note; in Oregon they don't let you pump your own gas.

For a cross-country move I would definitely try to get a POD. I've never been able to get them for my longer moves because they don't deliver to smaller areas, but I think that would be the way to go if possible.

I love living in the Pacific Northwest, we have mountains, lakes, and beaches. It's absolutely gorgeous.
02/18/2013
Rossie Rossie
The other EFers said it all. Only thing I want to add is: don not move to east Portland, a lot of those neighborhoods have a much higher crime rate than the west side of town.
02/18/2013
spunkmonkey spunkmonkey
I live just outside of Portland. Hate the city, love the country.
02/18/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by The Vixen
I live in Washington and go down to Portland quite frequently. I think Portland is a very nice city and I actually like it better than Seattle.
The weather in Oregon is a little nicer too, it's not as grey.

Also, as people have ... More
. . . I love living in the Pacific Northwest, we have mountains, lakes, and beaches. It's absolutely gorgeous. Well put!! Either state of Washington or Oregon!
02/18/2013
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by PassionateLover2
. . . I love living in the Pacific Northwest, we have mountains, lakes, and beaches. It's absolutely gorgeous. Well put!! Either state of Washington or Oregon!
Argh damnit, I miss it so much!
02/18/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Get your prescription for Prozac now! The Portland area ranks #1 in per-capita use of anti-depressants - it has something to do with the dreary wet weather. They average about 144 sunny days - that's just 40%. Due to the latitude winter days are less than 9 hours long!

Good luck - it's not my kind of place.
02/19/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I heard that about the rainfall. It's a temperate rain forest area from what I've read.

My girlfriend spent a year and a half out there and was talking about how much better it is out there, compared to central Michigan.

So far, I've found that LTL shipping is the cheapest way to move things. A truck service or storage unit move is >$2500. Shipping via pallet is about $400 or so.
02/19/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I heard that about the rainfall. It's a temperate rain forest area from what I've read.

My girlfriend spent a year and a half out there and was talking about how much better it is out there, compared to central Michigan.

So ... More
Technically speaking, the ONLY 'temperate rain forest' located in the Continental USA is in the Olympic National Park (the Hoh River valley area on eastern section of the mountain range and the Enchanted Valley of the Quinault River valley on the south side of the mountain range) of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Some of the largest coniferous trees in the world are found there with boles that approach 20 feet in diameter and crowns that soar over 200 feet into the sky and are over 1,000 years old. The Park and its surroundings have been internationally recognized as a biosphere reserve and a world heritage site. There are over 581 miles of maintained trails within the Park. BUT, that is Washington.

As for rainfall, it is more of a misconception. There is more mist and cloudy days that may lead someone to 'feel' that it rains all the time. Moreover, we here in the Northwest would rather keep it that way so no one WANTS to move here. It is getting too crowded and the roads ARE a big problem not only in Seattle but in Portland as mentioned above.

Moreover, we are finding more and more Californian's moving north to Oregon and Washington and basically they are getting OUT of California, because of their economic and fiscal problems.

For places to search for housing, I would suggest that you look into areas around Portland, such as Beaverton, Tigard, and Aloha to the west; the Wilsonville area to the south; and Gresham and Troutdale to the east. They each have their own quaint characteristics to consider. There is also Vancouver, WA as mentioned above.

If you don't like SNOW, then this IS the area to consider; it's not like central MI! You may only have, on average, about one week of snow that melts off fast.
02/19/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I heard that about the rainfall. It's a temperate rain forest area from what I've read.

My girlfriend spent a year and a half out there and was talking about how much better it is out there, compared to central Michigan.

So ... More
Well - compared to central MI - Portland may well be a huge improvement! Good luck!
02/20/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
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Originally posted by PassionateLover2
Technically speaking, the ONLY 'temperate rain forest' located in the Continental USA is in the Olympic National Park (the Hoh River valley area on eastern section of the mountain range and the Enchanted Valley of the Quinault River valley on ... More
There is nothing imaginary about the average of 42" per year of rain for Portland. Yes it's gray and misty - combine that with the real rain and the result is a tons of Prozac are being consumed on a regular basis.

The average for MI (where JR is from) is about 28-32" depending on your location - so he's going to experience at least 1/3rd more rain than he does now. On the plus side it will be rain - there is very little if any snow in Portland.

Being from CA - I hope more of Californian's move to OR, WA - wherever. There are indeed too many people already here (almost 38 million). A reduction would improve the quality of life for those of us who stay. Unfortunately there are still more people moving to CA than are leaving.
02/20/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
30 reasons it's my kind of town
02/22/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I've been to Wall Drug. You're spot on with that...and South Dakota too.

Summer '97 I took a school trip out to Glacier Ntl Park and back. It was nice to get off the mitten for a couple weeks.

I have the cat boxes and ... More
I loved Wall drug too. I drove from NC to UT via SD, WY, MT. Gorgeous scenery. I camped at the national parks cheaply. Don't drive SD at night. It's pitch black and you feel like an animal could run out on the road at any time.

I'd sell most of your stuff and buy used. I drove a 26 ft truck packed from NC to PA a few yrs ago and wouldn't want to drive that thing to the west coast.

You can also use PODS or Pack Rat, but they aren't cheap.

I also have to say Glacier NP is amazing. One of my favorite trips ever! You need 5-7 days to really experience it.
02/22/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
30 reasons it's my kind of town
This looks more like San Francisco! ! ! ! ! ! !
02/22/2013
G.L. Morrison G.L. Morrison
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Originally posted by js250
Portland is a nice city, but the interstate hub is a fricking nightmare!!! Right across the river is Vancouver Wa--a very nice medium sized college town. Let me know when you move down there, I have friends and such that can help answer any questions ... More
Where are you from that Portland's interstate seemed like a nightmare to you? Vancouver is a nice enough place but isolated in a lot of ways socially whereas Portland has a zillion burbs, diverse neighborhoods and bedroom communities. The public transit is good. (Not Bay Area or DC good... but not shabby.) There's a lot of bike lanes/routes --so many in fact that it's a point of contention in some older neighborhoods that bike lanes are just a new tool of gentrification.

The point to Portland is that there are many Portlands. Plan to get to know your way around and explore a bit before you sign a lease. You don't want to find yourself a crazy commute between work and play. I recommend game night at the Lucky Lab Pub. Check out OMSI after dark. Checkout one of Darklady's porn and social parties. Of course, do the big bookstore Powell's but take a walk around and enjoy all the quirky shops and food adventures nearby.

I came to Portland for a weekend over 20 years ago. I was addicted. Buzz me when you get here!
04/29/2013
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