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oliver19

Since 25 Jun 2019
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PostWed Aug 21, 19 6:33 am    Good location to live Reply with quote

Where are some good locations to live for someone to access good kiting conditions (good launch and wind) in the "Gorge"? Hood River/White Salmon are obvious. The Dalles? Stevenson? Others? Thanks for your input.

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ldhr

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PostWed Aug 21, 19 6:35 am     Reply with quote

what is your definition of a good place?

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eric

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PostWed Aug 21, 19 7:26 am     Reply with quote

If good kite launches with other folks around to lend a hand if needed are your only criteria, they are:

Rooster Rock
Stevenson
Viento
The Event Site
The launch that shall not be mentioned near Lyle
Rufus

That's pretty much it without going to drift launching, self-landing etc

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moondog

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PostWed Aug 21, 19 7:34 am     Reply with quote

Lyle, Husum and Dallesport are more affordable. acreage above Lyle is very affordable. White salmon and HR are off the charts expensive. Lyle and Dallesport are closer to Rufus. A house down the street in WS had 5 offers the first week and sold for 35K over the asking price.
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lubomm

Since 15 Aug 2007
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PostWed Aug 21, 19 11:08 am     Reply with quote

Rowena has a few river-front houses with excellent access for wind and kite surf. Stevenson west of Bob's beach has a few river-front houses too. You should look into those options.

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cpc219

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PostWed Aug 21, 19 4:21 pm     Reply with quote

I live in The Dalles and I like it. 20 minutes to Rufus or HR, whichever has the best wind and the least crowds. Also it makes the strike out to A town a bit easier in the shoulder season.
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moondog

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PostWed Aug 21, 19 4:26 pm     Reply with quote

The other considerations the no state income tax in Washington, a nice 8% raise
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oliver19

Since 25 Jun 2019
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PostThu Aug 22, 19 1:39 am     Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for the helpful information.

Are the winds often pretty different between HR and Rufus?

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wylieflyote

Since 30 Jun 2006
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PostThu Aug 22, 19 5:00 am     Reply with quote

oliver19 wrote:
Thanks everyone for the helpful information.

Are the winds often pretty different between HR and Rufus?


"if it's sunny, head west. If it's cloudy, head east" is generally the guide I follow. The winds are best nearer to the edge of the clouds. Often early in the season the Central Corridor is overcast and that's when you hit Rufus, Roosevelt, etc for sun and wind. Then as summer is in full swing these places can overheat and that's when sites around Hood River hit. And then in a serious heatwave it's time to run to the coast.

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stringy

Since 23 Jun 2006
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PostThu Aug 22, 19 7:24 am     Reply with quote

are you planning on moving here?
if so consider the off season as the river can get pretty cold so other hobbies might be in order. if you like to ski, you might rethink some of those places as it will be more challenging to get to the mountain. places like stevenson can have strong east winds all winter long, not to mention the rainiest spot. hood river gets the freezing fog alot. OMG I sound like debbie downer

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oliver19

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PostThu Aug 22, 19 7:42 am     Reply with quote

Great info.

Not planning on moving there. Just trying to figure out housing options for 4-5 “summer” months. May be able to buy something very small but concerned about leaving it empty for 7 months. Guess I could hire a kid to check on it periodically. Other option is to Airbnb those months but I can’t just rent a room cause the wife has to be happy. 😀😀😀

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wylieflyote

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PostThu Aug 22, 19 7:55 am     Reply with quote

stringy wrote:
OMG I sound like debbie downer


One more thing. For year-round joys.
Stand on any street corner in Lyle/WS/Hood River from May to October... and then blindfold stand on that same street corner in La Ventana October to April and you'll find they speak the same dialect.

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Justsmile

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PostThu Aug 22, 19 11:16 am     Reply with quote

wylieflyote wrote:
stringy wrote:
OMG I sound like debbie downer


One more thing. For year-round joys.
Stand on any street corner in Lyle/WS/Hood River from May to October... and then blindfold stand on that same street corner in La Ventana October to April and you'll find they speak the same dialect.


Maybe hood river and WS but not Lyle. Don’t need a coffee in your hand in lyle to feel like the in crowd!!

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markamcclure

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PostThu Aug 22, 19 5:52 pm     Reply with quote

Anybody from Mosier? I am hoping to move there some day...

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