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post #1 of 65 Old 02-08-2016, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to move out west

Just trying to pick people's minds on areas to look at. I'm ready to move somewhere new. I've been looking at Colorado a lot. I want somewhere with elevation changes i.e. Mountains and such, and not far from a busy place. I'm early 20s so I like to do things. Jeeps obviously, motocross, hiking, hunting, snowboarding. I can live in a one room place as long as I have a garage.

Where are you guys from? What places can any of you recommend to live? I've done a good bit of traveling, Ohio, New York, Michigan, WV, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, lived in Florida for a year (school) I loved Oregon and Washington.

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post #2 of 65 Old 02-08-2016, 03:12 PM
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Northern Az is nice.

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post #3 of 65 Old 02-08-2016, 04:21 PM
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I live in Wy, have for a long time. I bought a house in Florida, moving there in the next few months after I sell all my Wy properties. When I was younger I thought about living in colorado. I'm in Ft. Collins/Denver fairly often, glad I didn't move there. I'm really glad I'm moving out of the area entirely. Goodbye shoveling snow, hello girls in bikinis.

"Jeeps obviously, motocross, hiking, hunting, snowboarding."

off-roading can be done kind of year round. Winter off-roading usually consists of 10 minutes forward motion, 3 hours of digging someone out. 10 minutes forward, 3 hours digging, back to the road to head home. I don't off-road in the winter anymore. I used to go with a local club. For me, it's not fun and I don't see the attraction.

Motocross, 3 months out of the year. Because the weather sucks.

Hiking, 3 months out of the year. Because the weather sucks. You can do more longer but dead in the mountains isn't a lot of fun imo. Once the snow starts for the year it gets tricky. I've taken snowmobiles/atv's with people who kept commenting about how weird it was to be driving over saplings a few inches high. Then have them start digging and realize we're driving over the tops of trees, not saplings.

Hunting, 10 days a year. I've been hunting for most of my life, year before last I spent elk season in 30 below weather. Pretty. This year for elk season I went to Florida and went deep sea fishing. Pretty and fun.

Snowboarding, 7 months out of the year. Because of all the above


Out here pretty much everyone talks about moving somewhere 'nice' 'someday'. They usually think about doing it after retirement, but by then most folks are set in their rut and will die here. F that, I'm moving now. I'd rather live somewhere nice and die somewhere nice than live somewhere that makes me unhappy 10 months a year and move somewhere nice just to die.

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Yeah I'd kinda like to find a happy medium where it's usually warm but I can go in the mountains for anything I'd like to do. I hated Florida, at least where I was stuck. The humidity and 110% of the people are *******s. I didn't like how everything was all tourists. My town gets tourists one weekend a year (Groundhogs day) and it blows.

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post #5 of 65 Old 02-08-2016, 11:24 PM
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Colorado is pretty much the obvious answer here.

I haven't been, but my parents really like Seattle and would eventually like to move there.
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post #6 of 65 Old 02-09-2016, 12:13 AM
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SC ain't to shabby
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I'm in southern az. Yes it gets hot in the summer but all this week we will be in the upper ,70s and sunny. I am an hour from many trails, about half an hour from hunting spots, and 45 minutes from a lake. I can work on my jeep pretty much any time of the year and not have to worry about shoveling snow out of my driveway. In the summer, if Iget too hot, i go inside with ac or drive to a mountain near by where its 30 degrees cooler
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SC ain't to shabby
That's been in the back of my head. I just like the idea of being closer to Moab and such. And since I was 4 years old I've wanted to ride my bike at Imperial Sand Dunes (Glamis) and "the hills" in Cali.

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Yeah I'd kinda like to find a happy medium where it's usually warm but I can go in the mountains for anything I'd like to do. I hated Florida, at least where I was stuck. The humidity and 110% of the people are *******s. I didn't like how everything was all tourists. My town gets tourists one weekend a year (Groundhogs day) and it blows.
IME you have to get out of the tourist areas, after that there's a lot of nice. I've been in/around Orlando repeatedly. Too many people, all tourists and tourist shops. Fun enough to visit for short time but that's it. I was just down in Miami, same story. BUT lambo and ferrari dealerships. I saw more 4 wheeled awesome driving down the street that week than the last 4 decades combined.

I bought north of Melbourne. It's about 15 minutes to the ocean, about 100k people. Where I am now, about 80k I think. And I think I'll be able to sit on my deck and watch rockets launch from canaveral.

We get tourists 2-3 weeks a year. "Frontier Days". Dumb and a half IMO, looking forward to never dealing with it again

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I'm in southern az. Yes it gets hot in the summer but all this week we will be in the upper ,70s and sunny. I am an hour from many trails, about half an hour from hunting spots, and 45 minutes from a lake. I can work on my jeep pretty much any time of the year and not have to worry about shoveling snow out of my driveway. In the summer, if Iget too hot, i go inside with ac or drive to a mountain near by where its 30 degrees cooler

I have 4' drifts around my house. I've got a 40x60 shop that I hardly use because it's so F'ing cold. I've spent about the last week working on my mustang out there, with a 75k btu torpedo heater blasting at me from 5' away.

And people ask why I want to move I am going to miss the shop though. I spent most of my life wanting one, finally got, can only use it sometimes, and now I'm getting ready to lose it to a 2 car garage. I'm just hoping my tools will all fit

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post #11 of 65 Old 02-09-2016, 01:30 PM
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^ @Indy,

Florida = hurricanes, tornadoes, Die-95, seasonal migrations of snowbirds, spring-breakers, summer vacationers and roaming sinkholes to swallow your neighborhood/home/car.

However, hot latina babes hanging from each tree should equal a buncha the above out!

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Reno is absolutely blowing up. Tons of big things coming in work wise. Tons of work to be had, about 30 minutes from one of the top 10 most beautiful and outdoors friendly areas in the world (Tahoe). City is at about 4500' elevation, I can be at sea level or 10,000' within 2 hours. Its a city, but by no means big city feeling.

Northern nevada is pretty amazing.

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post #14 of 65 Old 02-09-2016, 07:23 PM
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Northern Az is nice.
Exactly! I moved to Prescott last year and I love it here.

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post #15 of 65 Old 02-09-2016, 08:07 PM
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Used to live in Prescott and Show low. One thing about being here, trails start 2 miles from my house, there are hundereds of miles of trails around here. from easy to you wont make it all rocky trails no mud, nice. many Jeep clubs and many jeepers live out here. we are central area too can be in moab or Rubicon in a easy days ride. or Colorado, New mexico. Would wear a jeep out trying to run them all. But work here is very limited.

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