I am looking to relocate and have been checking out Bend for a few months.
I moved from WA to AZ over a year ago and finding it okay but looking for more water for fishing/boating opportunities. Semi-retired and have a working girlfriend so don't need much more than an average job doing most anything worth my time. Seems to be a lot of seasonal work which is okay.
I like the idea of Bend for the water, the nice summer weather, good hiking other outdoor opportunities, and unrainforest atmosphere. I also like the option of living in the country but still being close by a thriving city that's not too big or small. Bend seems to be doing well economically, seems to have lots of lakes/rivers around, and seems to have decent nightlife. And best of all I believe it is in the M's coverage area for TV games.
Anyone have anything to say about Bend for a possible newcomer? Good, bad, or ugly?
How are the winters? Need 4WD?
Do people have gardens there or is the growing season too short?
Any other towns to recommend in the PNW that isn't cold and wet 9 months a year? Why?