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post #1 of 12 Old 04-05-2015, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hey ya'll, we're considering a move to the Houston area in the future some time. Wife is a nurse, I'm an auto tech, with a offer for a job in the metro area that would pay decently more than here. Any nurses or auto techs who can offer insight on how well things pay in the area would be great. We're used to mountains and tons of trails here, as well milder temps, so all of that will be different. Any other info would be great as well

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-07-2015, 02:15 PM
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I'm not sure what those positions pay here, but feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all about Houston.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-08-2015, 04:04 PM
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You can count on a pretty healthy reduction in the cost of living vs. the Springs. The high cost of living in CO is part of what prevented me from returning, there. Loving life in Corpus Christi, instead. (We were going to move to Houston but a job in Corpus fell in my lap)

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post #5 of 12 Old 04-15-2015, 01:25 AM
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There are two constants here in Houston: humidity and traffic. We live out towards Katy on the west side, about 17 miles from downtown. Depending on when I leave in the morning, it will take me anywhere from 45 to an hour and a half. The drive home can be even worse as it seems that commuters don't space out their departures like they do in the morning. On a really big day with a bad wreck blocking multiple lanes, it'll take more than 2 hours for me to get home. If your daily driver doesn't have an automatic transmission, you'll want to think about wearing an ankle weight on your right leg to counter balance the daily workout your left leg will be getting clutching in stop and go traffic. Be prepared to either spend a lot for a little on housing if you want to live inside the loop or pay less for more outside the beltway. You can drastically cut your commute time by living closer in, but that'll cost more on a $/sq.ft basis.

We really only have about three weeks in March and three weeks in October that I really consider weather good enough to take the top off. From about Easter to the end of September it's so humid you start sweating as soon as you Lester outside your door (even at 1:00 in the morning). During the winter, it swings the other way and the weather feels much colder than it actually is. 55o F down here will feel a lot colder than the 55o you're used to. Downtown has a network of tunnels that connect to the building just so people can walk around without needing to actually go outside.

Don't get me wrong, Houston is a great place. I've been here all most 15 years and my wife was born and raised here. There's good food, the Arts, professional sports (except hockey), and we have the world's largest rodeo every March (it's kind of like the Houston version of Marti Grai, only better). And the traffic and humidity aren't that bad once you get used to them - I tell people that if we didn't have those two things than everyone would want to live here.
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Yeah traffic is bad in Houston, seen that when I drove truck. In fact I had to pick up a semi trailer at the middle school that was being built in 2006, so I know that's a nice area. I have one offer for a job towards Magnolia, but haven't decided if I'd want to consider other areas. In Oklahoma, when it came to August, we just parked the bikes inside as it was just too hot to ride. I run a KJ, so no top to yank and good a/c! Whats there for offroading adventures down there?
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-20-2015, 11:09 AM
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If your job is in Magnolia, your wife should be able to find a nursing job up around that area too. That would mean you both could miss the bulk of the rush hour traffic since most of the traffic flows in towards downtown from there. I'd look in Magnolia, Spring, The Woodlands, and even Conroe. Depending on the type of Wheeling you like to do, you have several choices ranging from fairly close to a weekend trip from that area.

If you like to go mudding, there's Lone Star Offroad Ranch on the opposite side of town (https://www.facebook.com/lonestaroffroadranch). I think there's a Raptor group here in town that goes there. Creekside Offroad would be fairly close to you though (http://creeksideedge.com/). There's also a few places & clubs in southern Louisiana that do mudding, but I haven't really looked into them much (mudding isn't really my thing - I hate having to clean my jeep up afterwards).

For sand & surf, there's Galveston (or pretty much anywhere along the Gulf Coast). Closer to the Magnolia area is X-treme Off-Road Park & beach (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Xtrem...37566376269500).

For regular trails, there are a few smaller parks around that area (maybe within ~ 1hr radius?).
1. Brazos Valley Off-Road Ranch in Bryan, TX (http://www.brazosvalleyoffroadranch.com/)
2. Texas Offroad Ranch in Huntsville (http://www.texasoffroadranch.com/)
3. General Sam's Offroad Park is also in Huntsville (http://www.generalsams.com/)

For weekend trips:
1. Barnwell Mountain (http://www.barnwellmountainra.com/)
2. Hidden Falls Adventure Park on the other side of Austin (http://www.hiddenfallsadventurepark.com/)

For camping / general "let's see where this road goes":
1. Sam Houston National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008443)
2. Angelina National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008439)
3. Davy Crockett National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008441)
4. Sabine National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008442)
5. Anahuac Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/anahuac/)

For longer trips, you can head up to the northeast for Arkansas and the Ozarks or out to West Texas for Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park (those will all take about a day of driving to get to). There's also Palo Duro Canyon up near Abilene. There's a Jeep Jamboree in the Hill Country in March (https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/event-detail/58/) and one out in Palo Duro in May (https://jeepjamboreeusa.com/event-detail/63/). Plus there are jamborees in Louisiana, Arkansas, and the Ozarks. Our banker goes to the Palo Duro jamboree every year and she loves it.
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If your job is in Magnolia, your wife should be able to find a nursing job up around that area too. That would mean you both could miss the bulk of the rush hour traffic since most of the traffic flows in towards downtown from there. I'd look in Magnolia, Spring, The Woodlands, and even Conroe. Depending on the type of Wheeling you like to do, you have several choices ranging from fairly close to a weekend trip from that area.

If you like to go mudding, there's Lone Star Offroad Ranch on the opposite side of town (http://www.facebook.com/lonestaroffroadranch). I think there's a Raptor group here in town that goes there. Creekside Offroad would be fairly close to you though (http://creeksideedge.com/). There's also a few places & clubs in southern Louisiana that do mudding, but I haven't really looked into them much (mudding isn't really my thing - I hate having to clean my jeep up afterwards).

For sand & surf, there's Galveston (or pretty much anywhere along the Gulf Coast). Closer to the Magnolia area is X-treme Off-Road Park & beach (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Xtreme...37566376269500).

For regular trails, there are a few smaller parks around that area (maybe within ~ 1hr radius?).
1. Brazos Valley Off-Road Ranch in Bryan, TX (http://www.brazosvalleyoffroadranch.com/)
2. Texas Offroad Ranch in Huntsville (http://www.texasoffroadranch.com/)
3. General Sam's Offroad Park is also in Huntsville (http://www.generalsams.com/)

For weekend trips:
1. Barnwell Mountain (http://www.barnwellmountainra.com/)
2. Hidden Falls Adventure Park on the other side of Austin (http://www.hiddenfallsadventurepark.com/)

For camping / general "let's see where this road goes":
1. Sam Houston National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008443)
2. Angelina National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008439)
3. Davy Crockett National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008441)
4. Sabine National Forest (http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/...fswdev3_008442)
5. Anahuac Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/anahuac/)

For longer trips, you can head up to the northeast for Arkansas and the Ozarks or out to West Texas for Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park (those will all take about a day of driving to get to). There's also Palo Duro Canyon up near Abilene. There's a Jeep Jamboree in the Hill Country in March (http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/event-detail/58/) and one out in Palo Duro in May (http://jeepjamboreeusa.com/event-detail/63/). Plus there are jamborees in Louisiana, Arkansas, and the Ozarks. Our banker goes to the Palo Duro jamboree every year and she loves it.
This is an awesome list. Do any of the national forests or the Anahuac have Jeep accessible trails? Would be awesome to be able to do some car camping.
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-23-2015, 11:23 AM
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This is an awesome list. Do any of the national forests or the Anahuac have Jeep accessible trails? Would be awesome to be able to do some car camping.
The Anahuac is only open to the public during daylight hours (1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset) and most of it is a coastal marsh with gators so you probably wouldn't want to camp there anyway.

For the National Forests, Sam Houston is the only one with true off-road trails but those are limited to ATV's and dirt bikes so I think Ouachita Forest up in Arkansas is the closest national forest with Jeep trails. However, there are plenty of dirt roads and camp sites in the forests down here for you to do some car camping (you just may be closer to someone else camping than you would be on a jeep trail). The Forestry Service puts out Motor Vehicle Usage Maps (MVUM's) for all of the forests showing the roads (with seasonal closures) and available camp sites. The MVUMs for the forests I mentioned in my last post can be found here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fs...0Texas-%20Maps.

If you really want remote car camping where you're probably not going to see anyone else, take a look at Big Bend Ranch State Park. The park has ~160 miles of dirt roads, with 70 of them unmaintained. They have a great 4x4 guide for the park: http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/p...4501_0152k.pdf.

You should probably also take a look at the Texas OHV program website (http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/ohv/index.phtml). I don't think you need the pass to use the regular dirt roads in the forests around here, but you do if you want to go up to Barnwell.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-25-2015, 05:28 PM
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Oh, I forgot to mention that if you want to look houses in the Houston area, go to www.har.com (Houston Area Realty). It'll at least show you the kind of house that's available in your price range in the area(s) you'd want to live in. Not sure if you know this - Texas doesn't have a state income tax but property taxes are a lot higher than in Oklahoma.
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post #11 of 12 Old 04-28-2015, 08:25 PM
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Yup

Like others have said traffic is getting bad. Economy is down in general and Houston isn't liking the dip in oil but things are still good. Lots of work to be had for those that are willing to put the effort in. Great schools if you're in the right area and fairly safe. Living is cheap as you can get a good house for the price of 2-3 new vehicles!
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post #12 of 12 Old 01-02-2018, 09:28 PM
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You’ll love Texas. We moved from California and wouldn’t change anything about it. Texas is a great place to raise a family! A lot of Jeep places to buy Jeep parts as well!
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