Moving: Coast To Coast | Beach To Beach
There are two secrets about living in Oregon no one tells you.
- The Eastern HALF of the state is a desert.
I know. Hard to believe? It’s a high mountain desert, but desert all the same. More like Nevada in fact. No fog or days of rain and definitely no massive stretches of green trees. Plus there are no PEOPLE in a desert. The Eastern half of Oregon has way less population than the coastal side of the state. We’re talking more cows than people. RURAL. This is the half of the state we lived in for the past 5 years. And strangely we came to love it and especially love (and miss) the people. A 5 year famine of Target, Costco, Kohl’s and ‘Malls’ in general we did NOT love. I began a love affair with Amazon Prime.
- The beaches in Oregon are cold.
As in… during August you will need a jacket, the water temperature will not get above 60 degrees and the sand will literally blast your face the whole time you are on the beach. Wind is a given. Don’t get me wrong, Oregon beaches are some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world. I couldn’t get enough photography time in…. the lighthouses, the sea lions, the huge crashing waves and most confusing to me a forest of trees just yards away from the sandy beaches??
Now you know. (Shhh don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret.)
Try to imagine the complete opposite of the desert side of Oregon. A green wonderland with 3 Targets in a 15 mile radius. (Dare I hope for an Ikea!?) A backyard with more green than my whole town in Oregon. Suburbia as far as the eye can see. People? Oh yes, in the millions. Traffic? Uh huh. (That part really sucks btw… I miss my small town version of ‘rush hour’… sigh.) Oh and let’s not forget a commute now longer than the 3 mile my husband braved in Oregon. He won’t be home for lunch each day anymore.
Welcome to South Carolina.
I live in a small-ish community just over the border from Charlotte, NC. There are WALLS of trees lining the roads, with so many variations of green I stopped counting. My town where I’ll be driving around the most to/from school, Target, Walmart, Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter—not kidding that’s really what the grocery store is called(!!)— has ‘suburban’ traffic but so far I’ve been managing it. Compared to driving around nearby Charlotte is testing my 40yrold nerves. 5 Years of rural driving has completely destroyed my big city skillz. It has rained every day here for the past 35 days. The locals say it’s not normal… but I say YAY! … And Ikea? Oh YES They Did!
But what are the BEACHES like… that’s the real question?
Last weekend we took a day trip to Folly Beach (just south of Charleston), 8 hours roundtrip. Folly is located on an island, and we fell in love immediately. Totally worth the long drive. It was an overcast day but still in the 80s the whole time. The water temperature was… are you ready… you might want to sit down for this… are you sitting?
The water temperature of the Atlantic Ocean was 82 DEGREES. Bathtub warm.
After we cried a little bit… we all jumped in for one of the best days of this GoodnCrazy family’s existence.
I’ll be sharing a few secrets and tips for a great day in Folly Beach over on TravelingMom.com soon. We have plans to explore every.single.beach along the outer banks of North and South Carolina, who wants to join us!!
But before we can do all that, we just want our furniture and forks to get here!
We’ve been in a temporary apartment for 10 days, visiting our new—yet empty—house each day and dreaming about our new ‘southern’ lives.
Y’all come back now! (I’m working on my accent.)