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I just got some great news today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><br><br>
Tim called and told me that his orders still stand. His report date for Ft Lewis, Wa is August 30th. We were hoping to get a place in Seattle and then have him commute, but how bad would that traffic be?<br><br>
Can anyone recommend a place between Ft. Lewis and Seattle that is veg friendly and has a lot of opportunities? I was moving ahead before we moved here to Hinesville/ Ft. Stewart. But these past 3 years just feel wasted. I don't ever want to live in an area like this again.<br><br>
Any tips or suggestions? I'm going to start looking online at house prices, but I'm unfamiliar with the area.<br><br>
Help!<br><br>
Woohoo! I'm moving! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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Erin, Ft Lewis is near the City of Tacoma, and if you're thinking of commuting from Seattle, think again... the traffic thru there is the worst in the country. no kidding.<br><br><br><br>
Get a place in Tacoma. Not as fancy as Seattle, but not nearly as expensive. There's plenty of veggie offerings in the supermarkets, and there's a huge natural foods store in Lakewood (a suburb of Tacoma). Also check out the Thriftway chain of grocery stores. A little more "goumet" than you might expect, and Tons of veggie stuffs.<br><br><br><br>
I used to live in Tacoma, so I can answer any other questions you might have about the area. It's a beautiful area, and the city has cleaned up a LOT. there are still some shady areas tho, so do your research.<br><br><br><br>
The addy for the Tacoma newspaper (with all the classifieds) is<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.tribnet.com" target="_blank">www.tribnet.com</a><br><br><br><br>
good luck on the move, and please, let me know if you need any more information!!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Fort Lewis is actually on the bottom side of Tacoma(the side that doesnt stink). I forget how long the commute is from Seattle to Fort Lewis, but i think its like 45-60 minutes, with traffic much longer, not many people commute from Seattle to Tacoma, but i think people do commute from Tacoma to Seattle, so traffic wont be as heavy.<br><br><br><br>
Personally, not to knock Randys sentiments, i wouldnt live there, i think if im living in a big city it may as well be a cool one like Seattle. (I dont live there now as im in San Diego, but am headed that way soon.)<br><br><br><br>
My younger brother was stationed in Ft Lewis, and come to think of it I think there is a maximum distance people can live away from the base, you might want to check on that, but i may be wrong.<br><br>
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Washington<br><br><br><br>
EarthSave Seattle <a href="http://seattle.earthsave.org" target="_blank">http://seattle.earthsave.org</a><br><br>
P.O. Box 9422<br><br>
Seattle, WA 98109<br><br>
Phone: 206-443-1615<br><br>
e-mail: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
The Seattle chapter has satellites in Bellevue, Olympia, Port Townsend, Snohomish County, and Tacoma.
 

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There's no question that Seattle is a much cooler city than Tacoma! People used to speak of the Tacoma Aroma.... those days are gone, but it still has some work to do...<br><br><br><br>
there are also some smaller commuter towns in the area like Steilacoom or Nasqually that could be more affordable, and less congested.<br><br><br><br>
As for full veggie restaurants, I'm not thinking of any right off the top of my head. But several good places with veggie options. Rock Pasta is one of my faves, and for something more upscale, C.I. Shenanigan's is quite good (I used to work there). And I promise I know all the best bars in town!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/beer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":beer:"><br><br><br><br>
Olympia might be a decent option too, and I think there are a couple of veggie restaurants there. The commute would certainly be easier than Seattle. I can't emphasize enough just how bad I-5 is between Tacoma and Seattle. The area has definitely outgrown it's infrastructure.<br><br><br><br>
And Seattle is just plain expensive!!!! I think most of the Ft. Lewis families live in and around Lakewood - very close. But Lakewood also has some crime and poverty issues... Check out Puyallup as another option. Kinda yuppie suburbanish, but the location is great.
 

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If you need your 'cool city' fix, it's not unreasonable to head up to Seattle for a night on the town. once a week or so, the drive is managable. I just couldn't see doing it every day....
 

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Thanks for the tips everyone.<br><br><br><br>
majake,<br><br>
You are in San Diego? Oh I am so jealous. That's where we were going to move if he got out of the Army. I use to live fairly close - only about an hour away. I spent many weekends and summer days there.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by WonderRandy</i><br><br><b>Get a place in Tacoma. Not as fancy as Seattle, but not nearly as expensive. There's plenty of veggie offerings in the supermarkets, and there's a huge natural foods store in Lakewood (a suburb of Tacoma). Also check out the Thriftway chain of grocery stores. A little more "goumet" than you might expect, and Tons of veggie stuffs.</b></div>
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Thriftways are nice, but I like to shop at Fred Meyers stores and some people have told me that QFC has pretty decent stuff, too. I'm not sure the store you're talking about in Lakewood (can you PM me with name and location, WonderRandy? I'm wrecking my brain to try to think where it is, but I'm coming up blank) but there's a really good healthfood market just off of 38th St. that I totally love. Organic groceries, health and beauty things, and any kind of vitamin, mineral or naturalpaths that you could want. I get my allergy stuff from there as well as my catnip because it's the only place in town that has it (OH! and I forgot to mention the vegetarian cafe that's located in there, too.....YUMMMM!). There's also a really good produce store that buys local and a lot of locals shop there religiously, me included.<br><br><br><br>
As far as vegetarian places go, there's a place that I've been dying to try called Tatanka. It's down near Ruston (another good place to search out). This area has a huge asian influence so there might be tons of places that you could do, though I can't think of any right now.<br><br><br><br>
I firmly agree with WonderRandy. DON'T MOVE TO SEATTLE!!! There's a lot of good areas in and around Tacoma that are a much better option. The traffic from Tacoma to Seattle is just not worth it. We joke that the speed limit is 60 miles and hour, but the sign should really read "60 hours a mile". It's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">that</span> bad! Seattle's great for the occaisional "night on the town" as they have a lot of events and veggie restaurants there.<br><br><br><br>
After you move here, PM me and I will give you my phone number so that I can show you around the area. I live near there myself and would gladly show you where things are and how to get around ('cause it's not real easy sometimes).
 

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Erin, yeah im living in SD now, but wont be in 2 weeks. Have a nice little apt about 1.5 blocks from one of the beaches, im going to miss it here.
 

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Joe,<br><br>
Thank you for posting the info on Earthsave. That is an organization that I would definitely like to get involved in when I make the move.<br><br>
DeeYahMK,<br><br>
You would actually be willing to meet me in person without others there as witness? Are you sure that's safe? I might be kinda insane. J/k Thanks for the nice offer. I just might take you up on it.<br><br>
So I've been checking some houses online and the best prices seem to be for areas like Spanaway, Yelm, Sumner(?), and such. What are these places like? I'm pretty nervous because I don't think anyone will rent to us because of all of our pets, so we may have to buy a house that we haven't actually been to. Or I'll have to wait here for Tim to find us something. I'd be willing to take a so-so place so long as the yard is decent size for our dogs. We can always fix a house up.<br><br>
Does anyone know the pet limit laws?
 

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Oh......don't do Spanaway. Not the best area. I wouldn't even put the dogs in Spanaway. It has a really bad reputation. So bad, in fact, that I wouldn't even put my worst enemy's dogs in Spanaway.<br><br><br><br>
Yelm is a really small-small-small town area. We've only been there once and it was cute. I don't know much about it. I wish I did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> It's really pretty though.<br><br><br><br>
Sumner is further east than Puyallup. Where Ft. Lewis is, that's quite the haul (about 20-25 miles). It's not a bad place, it's just far.<br><br><br><br>
I asked Hubby (he drives around this state more than I do) and he recommended: Yelm, Graham, Roy, Lakewood, Tumwater, Lacey, Du Pont, and even Olympia. Even though Olympia's about 20+/- miles from FtL, it's from the other direction and traffic isn't as bad as coming from say, Sumner. AND you don't have to deal with 512. Double-bonus!<br><br><br><br>
To my knowledge, there's no pet limit laws. As long as you take care of them, it should be no troubles. The only time there's any involvement in pet issues is if there's abuse/neglect/mistreatment going on <i>then</i> the state takes over. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I am so relieved about the pet limit laws. That was one of my biggest concerns.<br><br>
Are there dog parks in any of these areas? I've never lived anywhere with a dog park, but have always wanted to. My dogs love meeting new dogs.<br><br>
Thanks for telling me about Spanaway. Looking at the houses and prices, I was actually thinking of putting it at the top of my list. Now I know better!<br><br>
Tell your hubby thanks for me please.<br><br>
Also, is it true that Tacoma literally stinks? Hinesville does and I can't stand it.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Erin_Sword2Sky</i><br><br><b>Joe,<br><br>
Thank you for posting the info on Earthsave. That is an organization that I would definitely like to get involved in when I make the move.<br><br></b></div>
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Great. But pick their brains <b>before</b> the move--just to see if they have any! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Especially get info on housing, different areas, etc.
 

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Spanaway isn't THAT bad... I have several friends who live there<br><br><br><br>
it's just your basic urban sprawl with lots of strip malls and such...
 

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yeah that place on 38th street is very nice, kinda spendy tho<br><br><br><br>
I can't remember which street the one in Lakewood is on. what's the main road that goes thru? is it Steilacoom? or 100th? anyway, it's called Lakewood Natural foods and it's HUGE!
 

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only parts of Tacoma stink.... Commencement Bay near the Docks... you know... industrial crap...
 

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QFC is okay for a big supermarket type place, and they do have a good selection. I don't like Fred Myers, too much like WalMart, but not as cheap.<br><br><br><br>
I love the Queen Anne Trhriftway! The one in Stadium is nice too!<br><br><br><br>
I need to take a trip back to the mainland now... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I need to go to the Spar and get a pitcher of Red Hook
 
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