This part of Oregon, close to California, becomes the pass-trough area for people who are vacationing or moving North. As California becomes more arid, as more people begin to think of retirement, temperate areas like Oregon and Washington State will be visited, will be consulted, and considered for what most people hope they can have during their retirement years.
I am not working for the Chamber, or for any real estate agency. I am not working at all.
All I needed when we came up north from California were water features. (I know, it all sounds a bit naive!)
I wanted a view of water, a feel of water, access to water.
We have lived in Southern Oregon for eleven years. Not a day goes by that I don't pinch myself. Fresh air, beautiful views, wild rivers...The list goes on...
I don't think we are totally rational when it comes to these life/changing decisions. My husband just wanted trees. I wanted water. Neither one thought of all the practical things one needs to consider. And yet, just like falling in love, we take the step of loving someone without a lot of planning, or practical reasons.
It just feels right.
Now that we drive three hours to our doctor, we are beginning to realize the choices we made then might not be right for us now. We don't want to give up what we have; but what we have is not enough anymore.
Perhaps, with more people moving this way, doctors and specialists will move here too.
Perhaps, we don't have to go anywhere else if medical care can be delivered via phone, television, and other technological inventions still to come.