Originally Posted by Newmar2856
Please donít let the over reported shenanigans of Portland steer you away from Oregon. Itís lovely here, especially our coastal region.
Portland is a dumpster fire, but it only takes a bit to drive through it and get to the rest of the beauty this state has to offer.
I want to second this comment as well as part of an earlier post
"...And perhaps, most important, we can evidence our own civility, compassion and, where possible, be a tactful and effective arbiter/activist for fair and equitable behavior."
We've been full timing for over two years now, visited 28 states, some more than once, and we have run into countless nice, warm and friendly people. I've been to many places where total strangers will strike up conversations like old friends. It's refreshing and offer some perspective. Get away from the big cities and it's a different world.
There are areas that have a lot of issues. Many large cities are struggling. As mentioned Portland is one, as is Seattle, a place we used to go with the kids for a fun weekend away. We quit going years ago. When we returned for a visit this summer to our home town of Bellingham after being away two years, and were shocked at how much it's changed in that short time. Crime is shooting up dramatically, violent crimes, shoplifting and thefts especially.
Anger and outrage are infectious, and the above quote is good way to resist it. Hang on to your civility, be warm and friendly like so many others are. Note that the news places emphasis on the negative. As the old saying goes; "If it bleeds, it leads."
Of course like so many of society's troubles, the cause is complicated as is the solution if a solution is even possible.
One of our reason for travel is to scout for a place we'd like to end up for our final years. A "Nice" town is becoming a bit part of the priority. Fortunately, we've seen a lot of places that fit the bill.