1. The reasons outdoor-lovers move to Portland are not even in Portland.
Surfing at the beach? An hour-and-a-half to Seaside. Skiing? Mt. Hood Meadows is an hour-and-a-half the other direction. Windsurfing? Hood River. Hiking the waterfalls? Columbia Gorge. Rock climbing? Smith Rock State Park out of Redmond. Whitewater rafting? The Clackamas River and the North Santiam. Yet somehow Portland gets all the credit.