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Old 11-28-2011   #1
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D.C. School 4 choices... all boating with boating options... where to?

This is my last year as an undergraduate and next year I will be off to start working on a D.C. There are only 16 schools in the United States that are accredited and I have narrowed my choices down to four schools. I am starting to apply and need to make my priority list. I am pretty sure I will be accepted to all of them so I have choices to make.

Sherman College-Spartanburg, SC (Great location for SE boating)

University of Bridgeport-Bridgeport, CT (2 hours from Delaware Water Gap, PA)

University of Western States-Portland, OR (Hood River and PacNW)

Palmer College-San Jose, CA (IDK how great a location this is for boating in CA)

Anyways, it'd be nice to get a little info on the boating in the area and where I am going to be able to boat year round. Due to the fact that i'll be putting myself into a significant financial hole for tuition I probably won't be flying home and instead spending summer/spring/ and fall breaks boating in the area.

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Old 11-29-2011   #2
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After further research I have limited it down to Portland,OR and Spartanburg, SC

So the real question is

Would you rather live an hour and a half from the green river narrows or LWS?

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Old 11-30-2011   #3
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I'd vote the Green, but thats just because I am an east coast kid.
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Old 11-30-2011   #4
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I would rather be within an hour from the little white, green truss, farmlands, the wind, west fork hood, eagle creek, opal creek, EF lewis, and canyon creek - to name a few - than an hour from the green. You can also ski around Portland, and easily get to Cali/WA/BC during the summer. This is an easy decision.
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Old 11-30-2011   #5
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+1 for Portland. There's some classic whitewater in the south, but creeking just doesn't get much better than the Little White. Also from Portland you've got access to lots of zones with different water seasons. And the kicker: no crowds.

Plus, Portland beats Spartanburg hands down for off-river entertainment.
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Old 11-30-2011   #6
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Portland beats spartanburg for culture but not crowds...that's one crowded ass place.

it would be easy to get working mans green runs w/o fighting the traffic to get to the river.

but no winter sports...besides kayaking.

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