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Just wondering if there are any Washington state residents on this forum who may be familiar with the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) area. We may be moving there from Bend, Oregon and have visited there only once. Not nearly as pretty there but wondering how our GR Gracie will like it. Good trails? Dangers? Etc...
 

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Oh my gosh, I was born and raised in Richland. I live in Seattle now, but my parents still live in Richland. I didn't have a dog growing up, so I can't speak to how dog-friendly it is, as far as whether they are allowed off-leash, etc. When I take Harper there, I always limit her activity because I worry about her over-heating since it's so much hotter there than in Seattle.

It will be a little bit different from Bend since it's in a desert, but there are a lot of things to do outdoors there. My friends from high school practically live on their boats in in the summertime, and I can't blame them considering how incredibly hot it gets there during the summer. There are public parks galore, usually centered around the Columbia River. Since I moved away, they've developed some very nice golf courses and wineries have also become very popular there.

As far as hiking goes, there's Badger Mountain and Rattlesnake Mountain, but since the Tri-Cities is in a desert, there aren't a lot of trees, mostly shrubs and bushes. There's tumbleweed everywhere.

I'm sure you will be able to find something that interests you there. If you have children, it really is a nice place to raise them. I hated it growing up, but after living in Seattle, I've come to appreciate what the Tri-Cities has to offer as far as cost of living, sunshine, and slower-paced life.

Oh, p.s. as far as dangers go...coyotes. They're pretty common there.
 

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We are in Tacoma, WA, but have spent some time in the Tri-cities and Yakima Valley area. It does get hot, but lots of river activity. You can always find fun spots for dogs. There are a lot of places that are not dog parks, but Tacoma residents have claimed as "unofficial" dog parks. WA is such a great dog friendly state. It is not as pretty as Bend or Western WA (depending on how you characterize "pretty"), but I'm sure you will be able to make it as dog-friendly as you need to! Good luck with the move!
 
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