I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. It’s a beautiful place. The weather is great, you have two world class cities in close proximity (and I’m not referring to San Jose), but the housing prices are insane and most of the single track is illegal.
In my search for a new place to call home, I keep coming across Bend. This little mountain town is located in Central Oregon, which is much drier than the coastal areas. It’s surrounded in part by rugged volcanic mountains covered in dense forest and a short drive away from the desert.
In addition to the wild mixture of terrain, there’s a ski hill ( aka summer lift access), and a burgeoning microbrewery scene. It’s no wonder athletes like Cam McCaul, Adam Craig, and Kirt Voreis call this place home.