We've about had it with the crowds, the traffic, the high cost of living, and the lack of water down here in S. CA. The weather is the only thing going for it, but lately the heat of summer lasts from May thru Oct and the AC bills are outrageous. We've talked about the Ashland area as a potential home for years. My family all lives in Portland, so we would be closer. But they ask why would we want to move somewhere so expensive. I know our property tax would double for what we have now. But the trade-off for the lifestyle would compensate I feel. There are 17 rivers and lakes within 80 miles of Ashland. And our neighbors lived there for 5 years and say its a wonderful city. But they think the cost is really high these days for a place close in on 5-10 acres. Any thoughts? We've also been warned about staying out of the valley areas where winter fog blocks the sun for months on end. Any one know about this first hand? I've checked the archives and did find alot of old information, but nothing within the last 4 years. Thanks for any input!!