Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Sometimes You Want To 'Git Outta' Dodge


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Sitting here during a week of triple-digit temperatures sends me straight to a favorite website: FindYourSpot.
I mentioned it a while back as a place where you answer a few questions regarding what sort of place you'd like to live, and you'll receive numerous choices complete with links to local real estate firms and other information.
I've been touring online, to my heart's content, looking at places such as Mount Vernon Washington, Ketchikan Alaska and Telluride Colorado.
Don't get me wrong, I love where I live, but hot summers make me crazy!
I realize as I get older, I will need to move. I don't believe Meals on Wheels delivers to this area, and maintaining 5+ acres will become a burden.
My question is: Where would you love to live?
Are you happy where you're at?
Have you discovered the perfect place while on vacation?
Are you planning to move out of the U.S.?
I'm sort of a gypsy, except my stuff wouldn't fit into an Airstream. I can't live without my framed photographs, my numerous plants and all my kitchenware.
I should start traveling more, and perhaps I'll be lucky enough to actually find that perfect place... as long as it isn't so dreadfully hot in the summer.

30 Comments:

Blogger cheesecakey said...

it's hot as fuck down here.... (like the erudite way I put that?) I can relate to being a gypsy... I don't know I might be persuaded to give up some stuff.... maybe...

9:39 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

cheesecakey-
You said it perfectly!
I'd think all your books alone would need their own seperate trailer.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Chackler said...

It is horribly hot here in West Covina. And the smog is a nice shade of yellow, brown. And don't you just love the smell of sulpher in the air???

Where would I live? Manitou Springs, Colorado, no doubt about it. Right up against the mountains, surrounded by nature. Pure heaven!!!

9:52 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

chackler-
Sometimes, heading down past Jackson, I see smog hanging over the Sacramento area. Just ugly!
I'm going to take a look at Manitou Springs (online!) "Pure heaven" sounds good to me.

10:03 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Chackler, my mom lives near Manitou Springs, further up Route 24 just out of Woodland Park. It is a lovely area, but I was there just a few weeks ago and found it is getting much to crowded for my taste. Sierrabella, Mt. Vernon is stunning, but just a little too far away from me. How 'bout you come to the center of the state? ;)

10:22 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oops, that's "too crowded." Sorry! **blush**

10:23 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

eclectic-
I'm definitely going to have to travel around Washington! All I want is moderate summers and some snow in winter! Oh, and not crowded! Good luck, huh?

10:40 AM  
Blogger Chackler said...

eclectic -

You know, you are right. My in-laws live in Colorado Springs and they said it's getting worse and worse. I'm going to have to find another place to live. I think I shall check out the link sierra posted.

10:57 AM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Hmmm, very good questions indeed.

Being that I'm in my *cough* early 30's (34 is earlier than 35 which to me is mid 30's), I'm pretty content with where we're at right now. With the business and our house, I really wouldn't even consider moving out of the area at this time.

That being said, The Hubs is in his mid-fifties (he hits "double nickels" this September) and he will reach old age sooner than I will. In that case, we might have to move. If we make our riches in this business and sell it, I'd consider moving. Where? I'm not sure.

With the cost of living being what it is in CA, we'll probably HAVE to move out of state.

I like Colorado personally, but I guess I'll have to let The Hubs weigh in on the decision when the time comes. I'm pretty sure he'll just say "NO STAIRS!! Just find a place with NO STAIRS!!" The man seems to think stairs are the Anti-Christ.

11:01 AM  
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11:21 AM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

I tried to post a comment (I thought I actually DID leave a comment but I don't see it).

So I came back and posted it again (sorry ~ the Blogging Addictions Syndrome again) and then it showed BOTH comments. So I deleted one. Now neither comment is showing.

I'm going to take this as a "sign" and back away from the computer and go enjoy the 100+ degrees outside

*grabs The Dog and DRAGS him outside all the while he's digging his claws into the ground because it's too hot outside*

11:28 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

chackler-
I think you'll have fun with that website!
I've been going in and out, and blogging and looking at that site in-between.
Dreaming for snow helps, 'sorta.'

soozieq-
Yeah, you'd better let the hubby in on this kind of decision! (Or at least let him think he has a vote.)
I totally agree with the no-stairs policy. Two knee surgeries tell me it's the right thing to do.
I've been having trouble with commenting on some sites today also- maybe it's the heat?

12:34 PM  
Blogger Chackler said...

Well site said Ft. Collins, CO (which is beautiful), Rochester, NY, and some place in Virginia. I'm thinking Ft. Collins.

1:23 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

chackler-
I've stayed in Rochester many a time, and lived in Virginia. I guess you don't mind humidity?
I'd narrowed my choices to the western states, which is silly since I love Maryland and upstate New York!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Chackler said...

Oh no, I HATE humidity an I indicated that in the quiz. Yah, keep me away from any kind of weather that makes me hot and sweaty. I can tolerate Hawaii though, but not on a permanent basis.

Hey, did you check out my response to what you posted on my blog? I think you should post your dream somewhere, it might help.

1:54 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

chackler-
Yes I did see the comment on your site, and I may just do that!
I enjoyed Maui, but can't imagine living there full-time. Oahu was too crowded.
Dang, I'm picky!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Chackler said...

Maui is dreamy! Hubby and I are going there next year for our anniversary; and I agree with you about Oahu, too crowded - too "city'ish".

2:20 PM  
Blogger MommyCool said...

Heat beats a hurricane blowing at your house... Find Your Spot is great for day-dreaming, but home is where you make it.

2:33 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

chackler-
Well I know you'll enjoy!

mommycool-
True, home is where you make it, and home is where the heart is, but when you have a choice of just where to live... well there's a whole 'lotta' great places to choose from.
Sorry to hear about the hurricane and hope all's OK for you and yours.
I've lived atop both the Calaveras and the Hayward fault in California, but have since moved.
Mother Nature has her ways of telling one when it's time to move on.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Romani Heart said...

I used to daydream about northern Washington, but lately I've been looking at the area near the Outer Banks, NC. It's closer to where I grew up, but not as big, population wise. I feel so trapped here sometimes, maybe someday :)I do miss the coast, I think I'd be happy anywhere if I could just smell the ocean.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Chackler said...

Oh yah baby - I'll have a very good time!!

3:23 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

romani heart-
I sometimes miss the ocean too- I lived on the coast just south of San Francisco for a number of years.
I received your email, and will begin poking around in ancestry.com tomorrow. Hope I find something of value!

chackler-
Of course!

3:54 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Wow, you're getting so many comments these days! Hard for me to keep up. Not sure how you do.

I took that. It gave me lots of cities that have no, or very little, snow. Fun!

5:52 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

squirl-
I'm really surprised at the recent surge in comments!
Glad you had fun with the link! I dearly want snow, so my choices were definitely not the same as yours!!!

7:56 AM  
Blogger Homestead said...

Come to Helena! Except it is getting a little crowded now too. The valley is turning into subdivisions instead of hayfields. But we have everything you could ever want.... arts & cultural organizations, hiking & outdoor recreation, good restaurants, and an airport for when you can't handle hickdom for another minute.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Greenthumb said...

Mt. Vernon would be a short drive to Greenie-ville, so I endorse that one.

For me, I would LOVE to be able to live in White Salmon, WA. It's situated above the Columbia River, looks across said river at the majestic Mt. Hood and sit's below the beautiful Mt. Adams. You're about an hours drive from a tidy metropolitan city, Portland, OR and you have 4 seasons with a few hot days in the summer, but a constant wind to cool you down. It's such a beautiful area, you just have to see it.

8:53 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

homestead-
Oh, I can handle hickdom! The airport would be great for incoming guests, though.
Come to think of it, I've only eaten out maybe twice a year since we've been up here...

greenie-
Dang- good endorsements! I'm really going to have to take a long ride and check some of these areas out!
P.S.-- Mr. SB just now mentioned that I should look up VideoOnly.com (or something like that) for THE CAMERA!!! I think we're breaking him down! Thanks.

10:25 AM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Video Only is where we got a few of our larger ticket item electronics (would that mean you'd be headed DOWN the mountain to purchase it??) There's one in Hayward (I think) and Dublin (where we got our stuff). They do have good prices.

You really do need a good camera SierraBella with all the interesting subjects (critters) in your area! So glad Mr. SB is finally seeing the light. Besides, just *THINK* of the great pictures of your Grandson to boot!

We actually purchased our Nikon D-70 online. The Hubs is super savvy when it comes to finding good deals. I was afraid we were going get stuck with a hallow shell of a camera perhaps filled with styrofoam peanuts, but it's actually a REAL camera.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Redwood Recluse said...

I would like to live just 30 miles west of where I am. I great place called Mendocino. It's cool in a number of ways. The weather is fabulous and the people are very interesting. Many artist.
Another great place is Cort de' alene, Idaho. Aside from the redcent bad publicity it's a gorgeous place. A nice lake that the canadian geese flock to each year. Snow for skiing in the winter and swimming in the summer. You're also about thirty minutes from Seattle where there's lots to do.
I'm with you though ,I have to live someplace cooler, we'll probably move to the coast, but in the meantime I'm working on getting the pool going!

11:37 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
The nearest Video Only is Dublin.
I should probably borrow my San Ramon daughter (tech saavy) and go. I'd prefer to buy online though, I hate to drive through the valley in this heat.
Do you remember where The Hubs bought his?
Now I have to figure out the difference between 18-70 mm lens, versus 18-50, 19-35 and 28-80. I have absolutely no freakin' idea!

redwood recluse-
I love Mendocino, but imagine the property prices are incredible. We used to camp at Hendy Woods!
That pool should help you out a lot (once it's redone!)
I recently heard that early acorn droppage is indicative of a hard winter, and we're losing tons! Pine cones too. Are you seeing the same thing?

12:06 PM  

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