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People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:36 am
by flying_pan
Hey!

I moved to central Oregon coast (town called Florence) 1 year ago for family reasons, and while everything is great, there is one big problem: I don't know anybody. And 1 year did not change it like at all :) It is never a big problem for me, since I have friends living in different places and we talk regularly, but I would like to find somebody to hang out together as well. I am 100% sure there are plenty of people from Portland here, but it is too far (like ~3 hours drive, and no public transportation).

So, I am looking for people within 1 hour drive (so, Newport, Coos Bay, Eugene, Springfield), or who wants to meet in these cities. Ideally, we can do outdoors stuff together (hiking, kayaking/canoeing, trail biking, etc), but I am also fine to meet just to converse, exchange ideas, skills, etc.

I know there are meetup groups, and I'll try them for outdoors stuff next season, but just thought maybe there are people around, and it would be great to meet with some like-minded people.

Thanks!

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:36 am
by cimorene12
Would you be willing to drive to Bend?

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:44 am
by George the original one
Living on the coast has challenges when it comes to finding people with similar interests and available time. A large chunk of the population residing there often have chosen to be reclusive.

Seaside to Florence is a bit too much of a trip for me without an overnight stay, but I can make it to a Lincoln City or Eugene meet-up.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:48 am
by George the original one
cimorene12 wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:36 am
Would you be willing to drive to Bend?
Bend is an hour further than Portland for someone in Florence, especially this time of year when the passes over the Cascades may be snowy.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:54 am
by jacob
This guy lives in Bend, OR
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomanderso ... 8bd127edcd

We had an ERE meetup in Eugene, OR back in 2011.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:03 pm
by cimorene12
@GTOO I had no idea. Yikes.

I have a buddy who lives in Florence, but she drives up to Portland to hang out.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:00 pm
by flying_pan
cimorene12 wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:36 am
Would you be willing to drive to Bend?
I will be in Bend in some point (I really like this state and like to explore it), but definitely not something on a regular basis. As @GTOO mentioned, it is actually longer than to Portland and I am not going through snow (we rarely have any snow on the coast).
George the original one wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:44 am
Seaside to Florence is a bit too much of a trip for me without an overnight stay, but I can make it to a Lincoln City or Eugene meet-up.
Seaside is a bit too far for a regular trip for me as well, but I'll pass by next year (probably will have a trip to Olympia Washington).

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Looks like there are some people, but they are pretty distributed. Well, if anybody is around Florence, feel free to drop me a line, we can just meet and do some activity one time. I'll contact people from this thread when I'll be around their cities if they are interested.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:45 pm
by cimorene12
I asked because at some point, I'll probably be in Bend. But not on a regular basis.

Re: Eugene, I'll make my way there at some point, too. It's a little easier because it's less than 2 hours from Portland by car and connected to Portland by trains and buses.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:58 am
by AlexK
The wife and I have been wanting to move to the Oregon coast for a while. We like the southern part but also the Florence area. I like to do outdoor stuff too so if we end up there I will get in touch. I am searching online for properties at this stage.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:59 am
by enigmaT120
I'm in Falls City. I go to Eugene to visit friends but don't like to drive down and up in one day, like George. By trail bike do you mean bicycle? I like to do that in McDonald Forest just north of Corvallis. I'm a good climber but slow on downhills!

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:53 pm
by George the original one
enigmaT120 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:59 am
I go to Eugene to visit friends but don't like to drive down and up in one day, like George.
I wouldn't say I like it, but being retired, I've got the time to do so when I have a reason. 6 hrs roundtrip leaves plenty of hours for activities.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:06 pm
by enigmaT120
Since I retired (9/30/19) I prefer strongly that the visit time should exceed the driving time, at least in one day. I have a friend in Portland, one in Banks and a couple in Eugene. It seems they're all about two hours away!

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:47 pm
by Ego
enigmaT120 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:06 pm
Since I retired (9/30/19) I prefer strongly ....!
What!? Trying to sneak that by us after not posting for six months. Was that planned? Congratulations!

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:32 pm
by cimorene12
I imagine you're outside of Falls City maybe, but Google Maps is telling me that it's less than 1.5 hours from the point it designates as "Falls City" to our December 2019 ERE Meetup point.
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enigmaT120 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:06 pm
Since I retired (9/30/19) I prefer strongly that the visit time should exceed the driving time, at least in one day. I have a friend in Portland, one in Banks
You could tell the one in Banks to meet you in Hillsdale and bring the Portland buddy along. You don't have to stay with the ERErs the whole time, or they can join our group. Our Oct. 2019 meetup was in Beaverton, and I'm perfectly fine with finding a place to have a future ERE meetup (January 2020?) on the west side of Portland (meaning Beaverton again). I think it's definitely possible to schedule more than 3 hours of hanging out to balance the 3 hours of driving it'll take to get to Portland.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:37 pm
by enigmaT120
Ego wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:47 pm
What!? Trying to sneak that by us after not posting for six months. Was that planned? Congratulations!
Sorry but work got totally insane and I never felt like using a computer after work. They weren't even trying to tempt me into sticking around! I was a federal employee and retired the day after my 56th birthday. That's not early really, and once my pension kicks in it won't really be all that extremely low of an income, but I still value Jacob's book and the conversation on this forum.

And thanks.

My Banks friend rarely has time for stuff but I'll invite him. Dunno about the Portland friend, I'll ask her.

I round up for driving times! Especially if I'm going to Portland. Hillsboro isn't bad, just over that pretty hill from Newburg.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:40 pm
by cimorene12
enigmaT120 wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:37 pm
I was a federal employee and retired the day after my 56th birthday. That's not early really, and once my pension kicks in it won't really be all that extremely low of an income, but I still value Jacob's book and the conversation on this forum.
Yeah you're not the only one. Government pensions are very interesting. I'll have one if I stick around long enough to qualify. It is early compared to the American average.
enigmaT120 wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:37 pm
My Banks friend rarely has time for stuff but I'll invite him. Dunno about the Portland friend, I'll ask her.

I round up for driving times! Especially if I'm going to Portland. Hillsboro isn't bad, just over that pretty hill from Newburg.
In terms of transit, getting to Hillsboro is just fine. I simply had a mildly uncomfortable experience the first time I went there, so I'm unlikely to set up a meetup in Hillsboro on my own. It's highly probable that I'll be in Hillsboro in the next few months, though, if meetups are arranged by someone else.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:26 pm
by enigmaT120
George the original one wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:53 pm
I wouldn't say I like it, but being retired, I've got the time to do so when I have a reason. 6 hrs roundtrip leaves plenty of hours for activities.
Not this time of year.

Re: People to hang out regularly in central-western Oregon (Eugene/Spriengfield/Florence)

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:49 am
by reepicheep
Hi! I live in Eugene now! Sorta!

I would love to hang out. I haven't been around the forums for a couple of years, but I was fairly active a few years ago and still very much live my life based on ERE principles, moving more towards that ethic every day.