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Old 08-22-2015, 10:50 PM   #1
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Anyone from the Seattle or San Fran area?

Getting the itch to get orders again (active USAF). McChord (Seattle) and Travis (San Fran) are the top two on my list of places to try to get. Basically because my choices with C17s are limited to those 2, Dover, DE and Charleston, SC. Already been to Dover and the wife does not want to live in SC.

And before ppl come jumping in about "omg California car laws", I would be exempt as a non-resident military member.

Anyway, any opinions on these locations? I've done research but always good to hear from ppl who actually live there.
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Anyone from the Seattle or San Fran area?

Travis is about 30-40 minutes from me. A guy I go to cars and coffee and other shows around the area lives in Travis also. There are a lot of Stangs in the Bay Area. If you still want to be somewhat in the car game while away Travis definitely is the place to go. You can hang with me lol.

We have a thread in the regional section called "NorCal Stangs". Check it out and you can see how many of is there are in the area.


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McChord/Ft. Lewis is about 35 miles south of Seattle. It is a beautiful area and the NW has a lot to offer as far as scenery. LOTS less expensive if you don't live close to Seattle. Home of Starbucks.....
But traffic generally sucks on the main freeways. It can take 2 hours to drive that 35 miles mentioned above....same as California, I guess....But still, I would chose to live in the Seattle area (or between there and Olympia) over almost any other area in the US.
Rain forests, three major league teams, gorgeous mountains within an hours drive in any direction, incredible waterfront, great restaurants.
As far as "it rains all the time" nothing could be further from the truth. There are grey months in the winter, but the summers are beautiful and temperate. It rains more inches a year in New York City, but does rain more often in the Puget Sound area.....
If you are not going to live on base, consider looking in Steilacoom, Dupont, Olalla, Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Lacey, Olympia. LOTS cheaper to live in these areas. Do not consider living in Tacoma or points north of there.
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Travis is about 30-40 minutes from me. A guy I go to cars and coffee and other shows around the area lives in Travis also. There are a lot of Stangs in the Bay Area. If you still want to be somewhat in the car game while away Travis definitely is the place to go. You can hang with me lol.

We have a thread in the regional section called "NorCal Stangs". Check it out and you can see how many of is there are in the area.


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Yeah the street scene would be nice and definitely would like to meet you if I get stationed out there. Just wondering how it is as far as weather, stuff to do with the family, outdoorsy stuff, beaches etc... And I hear California traffic is worse than NJ but that might just be SoCal.

Oh also, what is the water rationing like by your area? I have zero issue doing touchless car washes and honestly I'd rather have a rock lawn then grass and don't have to have a pool or anything.

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McChord/Ft. Lewis is about 35 miles south of Seattle. It is a beautiful area and the NW has a lot to offer as far as scenery. LOTS less expensive if you don't live close to Seattle. Home of Starbucks.....
But traffic generally sucks on the main freeways. It can take 2 hours to drive that 35 miles mentioned above....same as California, I guess....But still, I would chose to live in the Seattle area (or between there and Olympia) over almost any other area in the US.
Rain forests, three major league teams, gorgeous mountains within an hours drive in any direction, incredible waterfront, great restaurants.
As far as "it rains all the time" nothing could be further from the truth. There are grey months in the winter, but the summers are beautiful and temperate. It rains more inches a year in New York City, but does rain more often in the Puget Sound area.....
If you are not going to live on base, consider looking in Steilacoom, Dupont, Olalla, Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Lacey, Olympia. LOTS cheaper to live in these areas. Do not consider living in Tacoma or points north of there.
Definitely heard really good things about McChord. We would be living on base for 1-2 years most likely before we bought or rented a house if I got stationed there. The base housing there has enough older houses that are either duplexes or even detached, all have garages and they have fully fenced decent sized yards way better then what we have now at McGuire.

And definitely would like to live in a cheaper location, I don't have a problem with a commute as long as its not cray cray traffic going into McChord in the morning.


Although if I get either of these bases, I have a lot of dogs and it's going to be a fun 5 day trip lol.

Actually it would probably be a fun trip, these guys are good and used to traveling and I have a decent sized SUV and I've got family who would definitely offer to drive the other vehicle to get a free road trip cross country and a flight back.
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I was a contractor at Travis for a couple of years in the early 90's, and lived in Fairfield/Vacaville during the week.
The terrain in that area is flat mostly. It is along the edge of the valley where the Sacramento river (and other watersheds) terminate into the delta/bay waters.Ideal for an AFB!
The winter weather is typical of what you would expect in CA. The summers can be hot and windy in that particular area.
San Francisco is about an hour or so away, so the traffic is not anywhere near as bad as the bay area proper, but it still exists.
It is very centrally located as far as recreational activities. The ski slopes and casinos of the Tahoe/Reno area are a couple of hours to the east, and the beaches of the Pacific ocean are about an hour and a half to the west.
We are expecting El Nino conditions this winter. That is due to a higher than normal ocean temperature. Hopefully, there will be a fair amount of rainfall, but, as we have already discussed, water always has been, and will continue to be an issue for CA.
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I'm about 30 from travis. Lots of things to do around here. Your like 1:30 from sf and 3ish from the mountains for skiing and what not. And 6 from Disney land haha. And tbh traffic isn't that bad. It's just like any other rush hour busy but any other time it's easy getting anywhere. And tbh about all this water rationing, at least in my area of contra costa there isn't much. Your suppose to "conserve" but drive down the busiest street at like 12 and there's water all over the road so no way a ticket would ever stick here. And there is a pretty big car scene around here lots of clubs and many shows to go to. Oh and there's a pick n pull like 5 min off the base
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Yeah the street scene would be nice and definitely would like to meet you if I get stationed out there. Just wondering how it is as far as weather, stuff to do with the family, outdoorsy stuff, beaches etc... And I hear California traffic is worse than NJ but that might just be SoCal.

Oh also, what is the water rationing like by your area? I have zero issue doing touchless car washes and honestly I'd rather have a rock lawn then grass and don't have to have a pool or anything.



Definitely heard really good things about McChord. We would be living on base for 1-2 years most likely before we bought or rented a house if I got stationed there. The base housing there has enough older houses that are either duplexes or even detached, all have garages and they have fully fenced decent sized yards way better then what we have now at McGuire.

And definitely would like to live in a cheaper location, I don't have a problem with a commute as long as its not cray cray traffic going into McChord in the morning.


Although if I get either of these bases, I have a lot of dogs and it's going to be a fun 5 day trip lol.

Actually it would probably be a fun trip, these guys are good and used to traveling and I have a decent sized SUV and I've got family who would definitely offer to drive the other vehicle to get a free road trip cross country and a flight back.

I'm not sure of the watering situation in that area. In rush hour the traffic around the area can be fairly bad, but off hours it's not bad. As far as beaches. Probably 1-2 hour drive maybe. Monterey isn't terribly far, same with Santa Cruz.


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I am in the middle I guess I am right next to Portland on the Washington side

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