October 24, 2014

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Making the Move - Dave's Perspective

Mary has been telling her side of the story of our move from Seattle, and life in Corporate America, to Lake Chelan and life on our own terms. I thought I’d tell you about it from my perspective!

In 1978 we had an opportunity to move from California to Seattle, Washington. It was a great move for my career in the transportation industry. But as far as the weather is concerned it became apparent that we needed to get use to gray and wet! One day a friend of mine said if you are looking for sun and fun you need to visit North Central Washington. That’s where all our wonderful apples are grown. After some research we discovered Lake Chelan a resort community, and that became our family vacation place to go!

Lake Chelan is: 

  • 55 miles long and its average width is 1 mile
  • It is 1,486 feet at its deepest point
  • It is the third deepest lake in the United States
  • It ranks in the top five for cleanest lake
  • A resort community for over 100 years

1995 was a big year for us! Our children became adults and moved out! I was reading a Money Magazine article about baby boomers cashing out of corporate America and moving to places like White Fish Montana. The checklist seemed pretty simple:

  1. Cash out
  2. Move to small town America
  3. Buy a small business
  4. Be your own boss
  5. Be happy!

Mary, my wife of 46 years now, had been in the wholesale gift industry for 14 year and was looking to make a change. After 30 years in the trucking industry, I was becoming unhappy and the idea of a change was becoming more and more appealing. After sharing this article with Mary, we decided that a change in life style was just what we needed, and we haven’t looked back since!

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Cindy Sheff
Cindy Sheff

October 31, 2014

1995…almost 25years! I cannot believe it has been that long since you chose to chase your dream. So thrilled for the both of you that your decision was the right one, that you took that leap of faith, and added one more reason for folks to enjoy Chelan. But I gotta say that I have missed that wonderful head of hair of yours Dave! Love reading the blogs :)

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