With Tweety moving to Florida, my state of choice.... If circumstances, family, and finances, were NOT AN ISSUE, would you make a move? Are you living in your favorite place? A certain city have an allure? Mine is Fort Lauderdale. Where would the moving van take you? Also, what about where you live now, might make another Cruisemate select it for a move..History, attractions? How would you sell your state? Can you tell I adored geography..?? When I come back from the drs..I will expound more on my choice
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IF I could move to my favorite place..it would have to be around the Las Vegas area simply because my aches an pains seem to be less and so does the wifes. I do love the desert.
We live here around Hot Springs National Park..It is the only Nat park with a town in the middle of it. Hot Springs was the FIRST national park and was called a reserve back then. THe thermal waters do have some kind of healing affect on the body. It was called the valley of the vaports when the Indians first discovered it. We are nesteled in the Ouachita Mtns( wash-a-taw)and 3 beautiful Lakes surround the area. We are also known as a retirement community. The avg age of the entire county is 72. There is so much history surrounding our little town that it, litteraly, fills many books. We were once the largest gambling mecca in the U.S. Hot Springs was a neutral territory for many, many gangsters. They had an understanding that as long as they were in town, there would be no gun play or any other trouble. WIth the likes of Al Capone and many others, that was quite a fete. That is about it for now..Hope you enjoy. This is a good thread and look forward to reading the other posts.
Cheryl, I might be found right nearby your husband in the lakes area of Maine or perhaps the Adirondaks of upstate NY. Gram on the other hand would be somewhere
where the view was constantly of blue blue water (and I would visit a lot). Not going anywhere for quite a while as long as my grandchildren are in the NY area. Can't go more than a week or two without my fix of hearing "Papa's here" when I knock on the door.
If I didn't live here in NE Florida I might move to the Naples/Marco Island area of Florida. The laws and taxes in Florida are quite suitable to me not to mention the climate and proximity to activities and cruise ships. For an outdoors type person it's hard to beat. But I just can't seem to find a place to use my snow skiis!
For me it would have to be in a relative close proximity to the grandchildren.
Taking that out of the equation and only having one location to choose from it would have to be the Pacific Northwest. It is basically the North Shore of Lake Superior without the Snow. I love the water the rocky cliffs the heavy forests and the solitude.
The only thing I do not like about where I am now is the snow and even though I may complain, it really isn't that bad. I have ten acres of relative privacy, other than speeding, dog hitting house sitters. I over look a lake, terrible fishing, but pretty. I am within five minutes to Minnesota's best bass lake and within 30 minutes to 30 others. I can watch deer, turkey, hawks, geese, ducks, humming birds and a myriad of other wildlife from my windows. If you go 150 miles north of me you can live on some of the most picture postcard lakes you have ever seen. A little farther north than that you can hop in your boat or canoe and start paddling one day and not stop for a week. In that time you will see every type of big game you would want, including a Moose and maybe a wolf. Mrs Kuki says they are one in the same.
So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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I would not move!! I like it right here in sunny, balmy Florida.
right now I can smell the orange blossoms, the birds are singing, and sky is a beautiful blue and the breeze is gently blowing the palm trees. AHHHHH Paradise.
My favorite place??? It's the same as MIke's..........the Pacific Northwest.......where I live!!! Love it here......have never wanted to move anywhere else.......
We have the ocean, mountains, bays, desert, rain forest.....all within 2 hours of us! No it doesn't always rain here......we just tell the Californians that.....<EG>
We do plan to move within just a few years. We are ruling out several states right now.
We have considered Tennessee (somewhere on the eastern side), Oklahoma (near John's family), or Arkansas somewhere in the vacinity of Hot Springs. We deffinately are moving out of this state though. A chance to start fresh and on acreage with lots of privacy.
We are ready for peace and quiet and privacy. We are looking in one place in particular that is beautiful, gated (with remote access for letting in visitors) and very peaceful and way off the highway. That will likely be our choice but right now, we are not making a final decision at this time. It will be great to get away from this area and all the clutter, chemical plant stench, etc. Neither of us like living near the coast ...............vehicles don't stand a chance around here, plus it is just too humid. Lots of other personal reasons to leave this area, but mostly because we want OUT of the city.
I don't want to move from the Virginia mountains. To me we have it all. We have the four seasons, snow in the winter, the mountains, lots of large and small lakes, many rivers for kyaking, the beach is 3 hours away for long weekends, the wildlife is abudant, the Blue Ridge Parkway is 6 miles away, lots of historical places to visit, etc.
The humidity can be pretty bad in July , August and part of September but that is why we have air conditioning.
I have traveled and seen lots of places but this is where I want to be. The small town life is for me. I don't like the hustle and bustle of big cities and I don't have to be entertained with bars, clubs etc. Renting a movie and staying home suit me fine.
I only with there was a port close by so I wouldn't have to pay airfare for cruises! :-)
Everyone will think this is pretty strange but I really like where I am, in spite of the NE wind off Lake Michigan, which refuses to give up this Spring(?)!
If I could do what I want, I'd have two places, probably go to Florida, but I do like the Carolinas, too!
Economy being what it is my 50/50 dreams are over so I'll just get to the point where I'll travel somewhere in Jan./Feb. to avoid the worst of it here.
Being alone, my sisters and their familes are important to me, I like being in the middle where I can be there in 5 hours. If I move too far, I can't do it and moving close to one put me 10 hours from the other one!
My home, in Calgary, can be one of the most beautiful places on earth. An hours drive to the majestic Canadian Rockies. However the short springs and summers do on occassion make me nuts <G>
As much as weather has a bearing on where I'd like to reside, politics is also a big issue as it has a large affect on quality of life. In North America governments seem to be spending so much time making new laws to control our lives "for our own good", I think I may have to look elsewhere
To find an inobtrusive government may mean I have to look to Mars <G>
I'm like Josie......I like four seasons. Here in Western AR we have a little fall, a very little winter, a little spring and 8 months of summer, April through Nov. My ideal would be Lake Lottawanna in the KC,MO area. A nice place on the water, 4 seasons, and close to my son and d-in-l. And really not that far from my daughter and her family. In fact, she always says that if I could get DH to move up there..... She and her family would be right behind. Teacher salaries are higher in MO and KS and there is a thriving music scene for her musician hubbie. Only drawback is we would be even further from any port cities, but they do have a larger airport w/ more flights.
I truly love where i live. The Quaboag Valley Region of central Mass. We have it all. Mountains, lakes, breathtaking fall foliage, beautiful springs, nice warm summers, snow in the winter for us skiiers, and we are within a two hours drive to the shore, Boston and the casinos.
Lets take it one step further, if this was a fantasy post and you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? hmmm let me think, on an island somewhere in the South Pacific would do it for me.
My fantasy has always been to live on the beach, probably in Florida. My only problem would be missing the change of seasons that we see in Atlanta. I actually like brisk fall weather and bone chilling cold weather. I like a little snow, which is about all Atlanta really gets.
But would I trade it all for a house on the beach? Heck yes!!
My dh has promised for years that he will open a solo practice in Brunswick, Georgia so we can live on St. Simons Island. It's one of our favorite places to vacation (when on land) and is rich in history (special love of ours). I see that happening when he "retires" because, of course, he's NEVER going to really retire, just scale back his practice.
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Another happy camper in my adopted hometown. I've lived in Orlando for the last 25 years and can't imagine living anywhere else. And yes, I miss the 4 seasons but over the years I've come to recognize the seasons in Orlando for what they are.....golden raintrees in Sept. and October are as close to fall foliage as we're going to get.....we sort of have a winter (yeah, right I hear all our northern cruisemates saying!) but winter for us.....naked trees, cooler weather.....yes, summer seems to last forever but then there's that suddenly cool day that arrives in November and you're re-energized. Right now we're dealing with the rites of spring.....falling oak leaves and pollen dust on everything but the amaryllis blooming in our front yard are gorgeous and soon it will be time for the crape myrtles to appear.
Florida for me, I love Miami but I am looking at the Lakeland area. I lived there in 1969. I liked the area. I am getting tired of the long cold winters in NH. I have a cousin in Lakeland and another headed that way. So I would have family nearby. My also lives in Nokomis, Fl and she loves it.
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You do NOT want Miami. For lots of reasons, I will not get into here.
Lakeland is very nice city and only a short 20 minutes from Disney, the coast is close for your crusies, The central part of the state is higher than the coast so you will not get floods from the hurricanes. the rest of the state just has to evacuate to higher ground. Florida has its moments too like hot humid summers, but there is always a pool or beach and nice cool air conditioning.
I still would not want to live any where else. Once you get sand in your shoes, you are a transplant. I was born in the subs of Washington D.C. but hated the cold even as a kid.
Moved to Florida in 1969 and never left. Hurray !!
I guess to be honest I will quote the famous movie line, "There's no place like home".
With that being said. I do plan that when we retire that we will spend about 3 months in warmer climes - leave after Christmas and come back about now. That is only the plan if my children settle far from here. If they live close by I won't go that long as I'll miss out too much on my grandkids lives. Then I'll just have to take several cruises, instead...
After reading the above posts I have to agree with that statement, i.e. there's no place like home.
I used to feel that way too growing up in the Smokey Mtns. of N.C. but since my job has transferred me to about a dozen places I came to realize that saying was too restrictive. I've found the best place I've lived so far was here in NE Fla. But I am sure I would find better places given the opportunity.
And in 2007 I'll find all those places and live in all of them since Mrs. Thomas and I will be RV'ing full time for retirement. Woooo Hooooo ! ! ! !
Lived in NY and worked in Manhattan up until 15 years ago but now I have my one acre tropical paradise in Miami...yes that's right Miami. I know there are some who hate it, but I must say once you get used to it it's a wonderful place to live (and I don't even speak Spanish).
Although I don't live in the heart of Miami, I'm 30 miles south of Miami (Redland, the agricultural/rural area of Miami).
In 25 minutes I can drive to Key Largo and eat conch fritters on the water or drive 3 hours and be in Key West drinking a margarita.
Everything is always green, my orchids are blooming and the winters are wonderful. Shorts and T-shirts in January, what more can you want.
My utlimate style of living would be South Florida in the winter and the Colorado Rockies in the summer months, the best of both worlds.
Mountains as well as caribbean blue water, life would be great.