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post #1 of 7 Old 07-12-2014, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Possibly transferring to Washington.

Hello,

I am in my negotiating window for new orders (Navy), and have been trying to decide where I would like to go next. The past few weeks I have really been considering Washington (Everett, Bangor, Whidby Is), due to a change in scenery. I have been in Southern California for the majority of my service, and have grown tired of the same o same o environment.

Can anyone speak to me for the pros and cons of the Pac Nor west? Riding conditions, opprotunities, street traffic (mostly concerned about lane splitting).

I grew up in Wyoming and Utah, so cold and rainy weather is not a concern.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-12-2014, 04:06 PM
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Good luck on your decision.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-12-2014, 06:21 PM
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I was stationed at Ft. Lewis WA (now referred to as Joint Base Lewis-McChord) for 4 years in the late 80's. It's just South of Tacoma.

The scenery is gorgeous and the Seattle area is great. You've got the ocean, the Olympics and the Cascades all within 100 miles or so. I always thought the people out there were cool, too. If you like to do things like hike, camp, fish, climb mountains, scuba drive in Puget Sound,etc., it's awesome territory.

I enjoyed it there. It rains a lot: no comparison to Wyoming or Utah. For most of the year, it rains damned near every day but it doesn't get very cold, even in the middle of Winter. Summers are really nice, though and all that rain is what makes it so beautiful out there.

This was almost 30 years ago and I didn't have a motorcycle when I lived there, so can't really comment on current traffic/riding conditions, but there would be all kinds of great places to ride when the weather cooperated. I actually really liked the area to the East of the Cascades out around Yakima and the Columbia River. The scenery throughout the entire state is just really spectacular.

Not that it's the be-all, end-all of criteria, but I would note there are very few members from that area on the KLR User's Map. If you're looking for an excellent motorcycling destination I'm not so sure because of all the rain, but overall I would rate the region highly in terms of "scenery and things to do." I still really don't know if I would want to live there permanently.



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post #4 of 7 Old 07-12-2014, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Planalp,

Being in the military, no place is ever permanent, haha. Thanks for the inputs though, just what I'm looking for.

Any other service member/resident WA riders want to weigh in?
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-12-2014, 07:16 PM
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Planalp,

Being in the military, no place is ever permanent, haha. Thanks for the inputs though, just what I'm looking for.

Any other service member/resident WA riders want to weigh in?

Very true, although as you get older you realize 4 years here and 5 years there are substantial chunks of your life.

I do hope you get some input from current or other previous residents. Best of luck with your decision and thanks for your service!



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post #6 of 7 Old 07-13-2014, 04:22 PM
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If you chose Bangor you'd have lots of access to quick riding around the Olympics. It would be my first choice. Everett would be second because Oak Harbor is a farther drive to get somewhere. From Whidbey Island you can go out Hwy 20 to some very beautiful areas. From Everett you can take Hwy 2 to other beautiful areas or head north to Hwy 20.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-20-2014, 06:42 PM
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People who get stationed here often stay. The weather is mild, lots of scenery and things to do (everything from water sports to climbing alpine mountains) if you get tired of the drizzle, Eastern Wa is just a few hours away and almost always dry.
Our economy is doing much better than much of the country, so jobs aren't too hard to find.

No lane splitting tho.. and the Seatle area has some of the worst traffic in the country during rush hour. Not an issue for Whidbey or Bremerton tho..
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