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Too close to Portland

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by PaulB47, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    We've got 10 acres outside Hillsboro, keep a garden and cut firewood, do canning, have a 100yd rifle range on the place, etc. I just wish I was farther from Portland. Actually I wish I was in eastern Oregon or Washington (or Idaho or Wyoming or Montana :rolleyes:). We did own a dude ranch in Wyoming for several years. Heaven help me though, I married a city gal and I don't think she is interested at all in moving to eastern Oregon. Her family is in PDX area also.

    Mr Natural just posted this link:
    Sure wish I had some connections to folks over there. Anyone got any ideas? Is there anyone from eastern Oregon here that might know of some events, "get togethers", campouts, hunting, fishing, etc?
     
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  2. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    I live in Beaverton by the transit center. I wish I had your location!
     
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  3. Sstrand

    Sstrand La Grande OR Well-Known Member

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    Paul
    Any place in Oregon is too close to Portland!

    Sheldon
     
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  4. bearnut

    bearnut Oregon Member

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    The grass is rarely greener on the other side :D
     
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  5. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Oregon has the 5th highest property taxes in the US. Orygun borders several states, only California is worse in taxes and crime then the other bordering states, per number of PPL. Washyington is now exceeding Orygun in tax, crime and 'Sanctuary cities' touted as a 'Safe Space' for Mexicans but which quickly grew to encapsulate Muslims
     
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  6. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Sir: Your grass is always greener because you care for your property, wealth and expense? yes every year you put forth work and treasure to promote a beautiful lawn.....
     
  7. JRuby

    JRuby St. Helens Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I for one am happy to be out of Portland. St. Helens doesn't seem far enough at times.
     
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  8. markl32

    markl32 North Plains Member

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    As I learn more I have come to realize community is key. More so than location. There are lots of advantages to being close to Portland. Heck they just had a cargo bike SHTF response practice event and competion in down town. I think (and hope) all these labels that divide us will melt away when SHTF and we will just see each other as fellow county men.

    @PaulB47 if you want help poking holes in paper from a like minded individual let me know!
     
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  9. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I agree being near a big city has its advantages. I even like Portland a lot (compared to other cities :rolleyes: ). I just wonder what will happen when SHTF.
     
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    Nocaster Beaverton Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm just glad to be out of Chicago! That's one place you don't want to be near when the SHTF.
     
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    nwwoodsman Vernonia Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    It is very very close to hitting
     
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  12. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    all I know is I pray I’m home with my family if SHTF and not on the opposite side of the Willamette in Portland. Portland will be a wreck and without communication or a way to cross the river I will go bat crazy not knowing if my wife and kids are home safe... or even if my home is still standing.
     
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  13. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Going by the few city-dwellers nearby that I know, it is amazing how few are even prepared for the power to go out.

    They don't even have a flashlight.

    One friend talks about how, "there will be riots in the streets (...when the people find out about ___name ___ the ____disclosure___) ":rolleyes: ... but this fellow doesn't have any weapons, or water filters, no solar power for battery recharging, nor stored food, nothing whatsoever. Talk about disconnect between intellect and common sense. You're expecting riots, but have squat for supplies. Oh-Kay Den.

    If power went out and food became scarce for more than a couple of days, that's gonna be a very long week for everybody within hiking distance of those folks.

    In that sense, if we're within hiking distance of any urbanized population, we're too close to it, Portland or Eugene or Olympia, Seattle, Kirkland, et.al.

    What are you gonna do though, when your job would not be supported by a sparse population of 100 people in as many square miles? There's the rub.
     
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  14. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm with you on that, Koda! My son and his family are in the Salmon Creek area! We're to old to try to run, even if I believed that it is a viable option. But, the real gear, firepower and experience is here! If the kids can get here they have many options, from a BOV to BOB's to fight it out! BTW, we've lived here well over 35yrs and have bonds that old with neighbors, a number of whom were warriors, some old some still young!:D
    We shall see!
    Another BTW, I swam the Columbia the summer of my twentieth year!:cool:
     
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  15. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm concerned about being stuck away from my family in such an event. If I were at my office in SE PDX and say I happened to survive, I've got to cover about 15 miles and cross at least one river to get back home. Assuming all bridges and overpasses are out, power lines are down, buildings have collapsed, maybe roads have buckled in the case of the 'big one', that means most travel is likely to be on foot. I've found myself wondering if I could be fortunate enough to find someone with a boat that wouldn't mind running me 10-15 miles south to O.C. and drop me off there - probably the best way to travel in that case. I'm trying to figure out what I should have on hand to barter such a trip, if that were the case.
     
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  16. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    You guys worried about crossing rivers, maybe you should carry an inflatable boat in the trunk of your car? Next to your rifle...

    Even just a cheap life jacket would allow you to swim across no matter how lousy a swimmer you are, seems to me.
     
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  17. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    having something to barter with is a good idea. I figure someone will be ferrying people and supplies across the river. Its not practical to carry an inflatable boat in you car, but the cheap life jacket isnt a bad idea. All this is assuming good weather.... but most of the time its raining and cold swollen blown out rivers and strong current. Swimming the river isnt really ideal 9 months out of the year.

    then if you make it home, what ifthe rest of your family isnt there....?
     
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  18. CamoDeafie

    CamoDeafie Albany Well-Known Member

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    dont forget' even cheap plastic and vinyl tarps can be rigged to become gear rafts ;)

    EDIT; anyone remember the clog of boats on Willamette River near the i84 and i5 bridges during Red Bulls flugthingamajig???? I would think it is moe likely in specific locations to have all these boats clogging up the river in Portland area and you could probably just run across them if they don't shoot you on sight lol
     
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  19. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    No choice but to try, though!
     
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  20. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    yup, but I actually had a small talk with the wife and kids what they should do and expect. Make it home if its safe, expect to walk and bridges out. etc.
     
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