Moving Moving to a new State

Moving to Bend, Oregon

As you all know me, I’m a sailor and a skier at heart, this chronicles moving to a new city, a different state, and starting a brand new life after 37 years in California.

It started last summer when I visited Bend, and my best friend Shelby, for the second time.  When I finally got home after a long road trip, I found I wasn’t over enamored with San Diego anymore.  I was over the hectic, the traffic, Rosecrans St (!), but knew I would miss my friends, my sailing family, and yes they are and always will be family.  But I knew my heart had always belonged in the mountains, with seasons, and especially here in Bend as the people just have an open happy heart – everyone of them.

Most importantly, my youngest daughter and family decided to leave SoCal and move to Coeur D’Alene, with my oldest in Bozeman, it was a no brainer.

So it began, my mind changed slowly, I thought long and hard, and then I made up my mind.  I started to pack, to organize a U-Haul, to think of EVERYTHING you need to do to change your address, your work, getting a new place to stay – I rent – organizing new utilities, cancelling old ones, checking your car to make the road trip, researching like a college bound student but with a lot more knowledge of what to research!

On a very important note, I could not have moved without Brandon and his son packing the U-Haul (paddle board strapped on the roof!) and Cynthia who drove the truck with me following – more will follow as I chronicle how it goes when you decide to change your life completely!!


I was a forever San Diego/Lake Tahoe gal for 37 years until I visited Bend and fell in love ... with everything about this beautiful city. I raced back to So Cal, got a moving van, packed everything I loved (and couldn't live without) and hit the road for Bend, Oregon. Just like that. Now I'm a "Bendonian" discovering everything about the city and surrounding areas. And I want to share it all with you, the good, the wonderful and the best places to shop and eat. So I started this blog to document both the journey and to find ways to make it easier for you when you pull up stakes and strike out for your own life in Bend!

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