Hello Jeepforum members, hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving break last week!
As the title of this thread suggests, I'm interested in learning more about the great state of Washington. I currently live in northern Michigan (where I've lived my whole life) and attend school at Kettering University downstate in Flint. In a little under 2 years I'll be out of college with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, and will be looking for a place to live and work.
My interest in Washington started last spring when I flew out to Seattle and drove a truck (early 90's F150 5 speed with the I6 for those curious) solo back to Michigan for a relative. Awesome trip! So glad I had the chance to take it, but wish I would have taken my relatives up on their offer to stay longer and see more of the state. I did get the chance to walk downtown Seattle, and experience some of the markets, places to eat, sights, etc with the family I was staying with.
I'm currently 21yo, single, and a HUGE outdoors guy. I'm passionate about anything to do with the outdoors, I'm very mechanically inclined, and I like the country lifestyle. I Jeep, dirtbike, snowmobile, and can do anything from home repair to fixing your diesel injection system. Political views are democratic, I'm into the be green, eat healthy, do it yourself lifestyle, and I really love the mountains. I understand the cost of living is pretty crazy compared to MI, and the average home prices do make my eyes pop out of their sockets. The state just seems like so much fun though! (Plus I'm not opposed to living in a Micro House lol.) I consider myself a small town person, I'm from a touristy town of roughly 2500, and Seattle was definitely too large for me to feel comfortable in, although I loved to vibe the city gave off
I'm use to the overcast Michigan weather from late October through late March, so I don't think that would be a huge issue, and I don't mind rain. I had originally wanted to move to Colorado, but it's just to dry. Everything is sparse, and looks like it's a fire waiting to happen. The sun is nice though. Washington reminded me a lot of a more mountainous, fun version of Michigan, and that's why I'm drawn to it.
I've been planning another trip out there at some point, and maybe even will go the route of couchsurfing and staying with locals around the state. Anything to get a better feel for where I might want to end up after school.
With this being said can you tell me a little more about Washington? How's the camping, hiking, mountains, Jeep scene, etc? Any insight to what life is like would be helpful : ) I don't have a lot holding me down here in Michigan friend and family-wise (everyone is planning on going their separate directions also) and I feel like Washington may be a good fit. Feel free to ask me anything you need to know! Happy Jeeping!
P.S. as far as emissions go, would I be SOL if I tried to register my CJ in WA? I swapped a Mercedes diesel into it (2 years newer engine), but don't know if it'd ever pass emissions or not? MI doesn't do the emissions thing, but I could always tune it and put a cat on it