NFR Retirement on the horizon

cmann886

Active Member
#16
A lot of places are close to things we like. Probably none are close to an unlimited, lifetime supply. And what we like the best may be a mix of elements that we need to sort out.

I considered Ellensburg. It's the right size for me, is on the best trout river in WA (though the Yakima is second-rate by MT standards). Lots of convenient trout ponds, and elk and bighorn sheep within minutes. It's a college town, which provides an infusion of culture without an inflated population. Pocatello, ID has similar perks, and Yellowstone Park an hour away. (I've never even been there.) And on down the list.

p.s. I don't consider Spokane to be "light traffic."
I grew up in Pocatello and my Dad still lives there and one of my sons has been there for a couple of years now attending ISU. My brother is an ER physician in Rapid City SD (he is a hunting nut and not so much into fishing these day) and he has a very dim view of the medical profession in Pocatello. Idaho Falls is slightly better but for good care you would be going to Salt Lake which is about 150 miles south. You won't be able to get to the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park in an hour unless you are into low altitude flight (figure closer to 3). If you are looking for good restaurants or culture Pocatello is not a place to look. ISU really does not add much. (I am an ISU graduate)

Winter in Pocatello would be similar to Spokane for the amount of snow, but likely colder. Pocatello will be 5-10 degrees warmer than IF and 10-15 degrees warmer than the upper Snake River Valley on some days.
 

JayB

Active Member
#18
-Can you define "cultural activities" more clearly? Major museums, operas, symphonies, and other high-end, capital intensive cultural arenas are going to be in short supply outside of Seattle and Portland, but if you mean decent restaurants and a coffee shop or two, a movie theater, and a community theater production every now and then of course there are quite a few more options on the menu.

-Is fishing the only outdoor activity you have on the radar, or are things like skiing, hiking, biking, etc also something you want to consider?

-Assuming that the small-venue stuff is what you're looking for, I'd second Ellensburg and Wenatchee and add a couple more to the list.

-Hood River. Outdoor paradise, lots of good restaurants and active people, proximity to every conceivable kind of freshwater fishing, not too far from Portland, providence has a hospital with an ER in town, and you can live income tax free in White Salmon and shop tax-free in Hood River if economizing in that way matters more than the day-to-day convenience of living in town.

-The Medford, Oregon area puts you mighty close to tons of good rivers and lakes, has an extremely dry, sunny climate, relatively low housing costs, and if you want restaurants, wineries, and theater (Shakespeare Festival) you can hit-up nearby Ashland. If money is no object then you could just live in Ashland but it's dramatically more expensive than surrounding communities. Jacksonville is also nearby - much smaller, but a good place to get your boutique shopping and eating on there.

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wadin' boot

Donny, you're out of your element...
#20
+1 on Boise. Lots of good medical care there, good getaway to the mountains, decent airport, plenty of places to explore, lots of sun
 
#21
All great responses, thanks. As far as the "cultural activities", I'm not looking for a lot of high brow stuff but as was mentioned community theater, passing art show, and such would make my wife's life more pleasant. I like to have decent restaurants (not chains), wine bars, and places to see live music once and a while. As for winter, that is one area we need to agree on. We lived on the shores of Lake Ontario so we aren't afraid of snow or driving in it, but my wife got pretty sick of the length of winter in Rochester. Next thing I knew we were living in Orlando - UGH! Of course, that puts traffic in perspective, as well.

I realize there is no perfect location to satisfy all needs and wants, but being a displaced Eastcoaster I'm felling there must be better locations than the Tri-Cities, WA. Vladimir, we are considering Walla Walla as a possibility. If our girls and their families stay in Tri-Cities then Walla Walla would be close.

Thanks, again for everyone's suggestions. Exploring all the possible places will be an enjoyable journey.

Steve
 
#22
At the risk of offending half of you, my short-form indicator re cultural activities is a town in which the main or only radio station does NOT play mostly country 'n western:p
 
#24
Background: Now that I am within spitting distance (~2.5 yrs) of retirement my wife and I spend a good deal of time trying to figure out what we want to do in our retirement years and where we want to settle down. We are both from Western NY where we raise our family and lived until I retired early from Kodak in 2006 after 32 years. We moved to Florida where she started a small business and I also became self employed. By the end of 2008 the recession had done us in and we had to regroup, which we have in Richland, WA. So we are relative strangers out here but both our girls have moved here, so we will be staying in the region. I love the fishing opportunities out here and my wife has enjoyed our exploration of the region with our travel trailer.

We would like to be near a small metro area to have access to cultural activities, decent health care, and restaurants yet be a short drive to decent fishing and other outdoors activities. We will be spending the next couple of years exploring different locations based on these criteria.

So the first place we want to get to know is Spokane. We have spent a few weekends there and really enjoyed ourselves. I would appreciate input from WFF folks familiar with living in the area and how you like it - pros & cons. Recommendations of other locales will be greatly appreciated.

Stay in Washington....we need the tax revenue.

In all seriousness, give back by volunteering your time to something in the community. I've seen far too many folks retire and just...grow old.

Guys like yourself have lots to give back. God knows we need it. The Greatest Generation...piratically forgotten. It's sad really. Whatever you end up doing, it can't come soon enough though, right? :)
 
#25
Not to worry Dave. My intention is to do something related to feeding people. The reality that there are people in this country don't have enough to eat really bothers me. Plus I owe Meals on Wheels a big payback for what they did for my grandmother, saving her life when she had fallen in her house. I look forward to planning our future and can't wait to be able to wake up in the morning and do what I want to do.

Steve
 

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#26
Interesting thread since last week my wife turned in her notice (officially) and we'll be in ta-ta, adios, goodbye mode ourselves. Our goals are the same as yours, so we've settled on a small community in coastal Florida. We considered a number of locations, including Boise, Sante Fe, and some areas in Arizona, I'm tired of cold, wet, dark, long winters. Sadly, Sante Fe has been Californicated as has a few areas of Arizona, and Boise has snow so we're heading back to the Southeast. Hello Sunshine State...and year around fishing...and great football fever...and, (yes, I know it gets hot down there, lived in the South from 1971 through 1992, loved it) true barbecue.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#28
Interesting thread since last week my wife turned in her notice (officially) and we'll be in ta-ta, adios, goodbye mode ourselves. Our goals are the same as yours, so we've settled on a small community in coastal Florida. We considered a number of locations, including Boise, Sante Fe, and some areas in Arizona, I'm tired of cold, wet, dark, long winters. Sadly, Sante Fe has been Californicated as has a few areas of Arizona, and Boise has snow so we're heading back to the Southeast. Hello Sunshine State...and year around fishing...and great football fever...and, (yes, I know it gets hot down there, lived in the South from 1971 through 1992, loved it) true barbecue.
Having been born in Ft. Lauderdale, moved away when I was about 9 and back a couple times for fun and business travels, there is something about having near year round sunshine and fishing every direction (both fresh and saltwater) that is alluring. Still, not sure I can be away from the Rocky Mountain West...decisions, decisions. Perhaps simply full time RV travel going any and every damn where one's internal compass wants is the best option :).
 

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#29
Steve, thanks for the condo alert but we're contracted for a house already. Plus, Orlando is not an area we would settle in. Ft. Lauderdale, as Freestoneangler says, could be alluring.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#30
Steve, thanks for the condo alert but we're contracted for a house already. Plus, Orlando is not an area we would settle in. Ft. Lauderdale, as Freestoneangler says, could be alluring.
Hell, all the ice in the poles is going to melt and you will soon be under water. I would rethink your retirement plans.