Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
People move to new places for all different types of reasons, a new career, school, family, or even a new way of life. In this new series, we will be interviewing someone who just re-located to the Valley to find out what it’s like to be a new resident in our community. Please help me in welcoming, Kellen Holgate.
Eugene, Oregon, but I lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and southern California before that.
My wife and I grew up in Southern California, but we both always wanted to live in the Northwest. When the work opportunity presented itself, we jumped on it.
My wife, Magen, and our two daughters, Leah and Lily. (We just had a third daughter, Lilah, in October – so she’s a Yakima County native).
For a smaller city, Yakima has a bigger city feel to its downtown. When leaving an event at the Capitol Theatre or attending the summer farmer’s market, I will sometimes look around and forget that I’m not in a bigger city. I’ve always been a big city person, so Yakima’s downtown makes me feel right at home.
I try to be outdoors as much as possible, whether hiking with my dog, fly fishing, or watching my daughters’ sporting activities. I also spend too much time watching college football in the fall (Go Oregon!).
After living in Eugene, Oregon for three years to go to law school, I was looking forward to some authentic Mexican food (Eugene is a Mexican food wasteland). And yes, it lived up to the hype – from Antojitos to Taco Baracho to my favorite taco truck, Los Primos Dos, the Mexican food here is fantastic.
I love Northtown, both the train depot location and in Selah. It’s like a comforting slice of a bigger city that I can access anytime.
I’ve been meaning to float the Yakima River in a drift boat – the fly fishing is supposed to be fantastic.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know people in my work and local community – everyone is very open and welcoming to me and my family.
I have lived in many places, and Yakima takes a lot of good things from all of them while keeping its own feel. Yakima is a fantastic place for a young professional looking to build a career while raising a family. As a city, Yakima seems right on the verge of maturing into a vibrant, culture-rich spot. My family and I love it here so far.
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