I am hoping some of you may be able to help me with my multi-tiered and somewhat complex question. First, a little background…I currently live in Wisconsin (have all my life) and am in my “mid 30s.” I am single, have a dog, and work in the information technology field. A dramatic series of “life events” over the past year have caused me to ponder what I really want out of life. What would it take to give me a sense of fulfillment? Etc.
After much soul searching i.e. daydreaming, I have started to consider the possibility of moving “out west.” On the geographical consideration list are the Durango area of CO, northern CA, and the Portland or Mt Hood area of OR. Lately, I think I have settled on OR.
I only have a few requirements of the area I choose. First, being a student of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, I want to live in close proximity to a BJJ school/club. Second, skiing is my second hobby (first in the winter). I want to have easy access to quality skiing. I don’t need to ski every day but once a week would be great. Third, I don’t want to be too remote. I figure any town that has a Target store will be adequate. I am not necessarily against the city.
As far as lifestyle, I would like to have a decent job. One of the many lessons I have learn over the past year is that money isn’t everything. I would like to make enough money to live but I value time after work the most. Often times, big money is a result of many hours. I want regular money and regular hours. Despite being having degrees and experience in information technology, I don’t necessarily need/want a tech job. I am open to it though. Although, I am also open to working at a resort or coffee shop for that matter.
I appreciate it if you’ve made it this far through my ramblings. Anyway, here are my questions. What are your thoughts on the move as a whole? Based on what I have said above, what location(s) do you think will fit my needs the best? Also, I am planning a "pre-move" trip out in February of 2011. I was thinking of visiting Mt Hood to ski and scope out the area. What resorts should I look at visiting? I am an intermediate skier in WI. I don’t know what that makes me in OR. Since I am considering Portland as a possible home base, should I stay there for the visit or should I set up camp in Mt Hood as that is a consideration too? I understand Portland and Mt Hood are only about an hour apart.
I guess that is it. Thanks for reading and please ask any questions you may have. I am really looking forward to your responses.