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Old 11-23-2014, 11:33 AM   #29
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As I sit here patiently waiting for my new AS be built and delivered to my dealer, I started to think about all of the road trips I have taken over the years within the state of Texas and beyond. From where I live in the Houston area (actually slightly north of Houston) it is a 12 hr dr to get out of the state heading west or northwest. I started to wonder, based on the most popular camping destinations throughout the country, what part of the country is the best place to live. Yes, I am bored but if you have an opinion I would love to hear it!


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Wow! With infinite amounts of money, that's an easier question! That being said, we go through the same mind-boggling discussion each year while on the road...or at home...the grass is always greener, right?
We are fortunate that we have a place in MT where we can spend time as a base camp, and easily get to great lakes/parks in a couple hours...we lived in Austin also up until last year, and we enjoyed taking our AS to Inks Lake State Park as it was an easy drive and we love the many lakes in the area to visit and stay also. The wine country near Fredericksburg also makes this area nice, but overall, TX gets a bit warm in the summer, as you know...but also, TX is a bit cheaper than a lot of states. For weather and parks, I do think Southern Utah offers a great option also...but it can get cold there too....I think the best part of AS'ing is that you CAN go and dream....when you find that special place, please share with us....
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:26 PM   #30
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For my preferred lifestyle I can't think of too many places that could be an improvement on our current home in northern Wyoming. I can go west and be in the mountains in five minutes, or go east and be in the Black Hills in a couple of hours. There are thousands of boondocking opportunities within a 100 mile radius. I can be in the Yellowstone basin in about five hours. If I want a formal campground, there are dozens nearby. I also think it's kind of cool to come home and have 20 antelope in my driveway.

Living in a small town may not be for everybody. I talked to a guy from California about a month ago about the prospect of moving to Cheyenne. He was unsure about his ability to adapt to a "tiny" town like Cheyenne. I spent the last week in Cheyenne and couldn't wait to get out. There were just too many people and too much traffic. Our nearest Walmart is 35 miles away, and that is just fine. You get used to being "remote". The cost of living is low. There is no State income tax, property taxes are lower than most places in the country, and sales tax is moderate. I also do not need anyone's permission to keep my Airstream in my yard.

However, about this time of year, I start noticing the weather down around Florida, and that's mighty tempting. Winters here are cold, and the wind is nasty, however we don't get as much snow as you folks around the Great Lakes. One of the more difficult things to get used to is the short days in the winter, about nine hours of daylight now. I know it's not as bad as our Canadian friends experience, but it makes it tough to get things done at times.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:36 PM   #31
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:14 PM   #32
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Very nice, thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:20 PM   #33
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Thanks for sharing Robert!


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Old 11-23-2014, 05:32 PM   #34
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #35
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We have one sibling in Texas and the other in NC and we live in Iowa. This gives us some warmer places to visit when is is winter in Iowa. The wife and I have discussed moving somewhere in between them but the kids say they would no longer have a home to go to. Humm; one is 44 and the other 49 (kids?).
Moral of the story; we will live in Iowa and than go visit and travel elsewhere.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:55 PM   #36
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OK, southern Colorado, El Moro to be exact....

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Old 11-23-2014, 09:48 PM   #37
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Well, it'd be great to escape Southern California's home prices, but we're very attached to our weather and lack of bugs/mosquitos. So, even though we constantly talk about where else to live, we just can't pull ourselves away.....yet!
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:17 PM   #38
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Our initial goal was to have our grandkritters and their keepers stationed in places we want to visit and stay for a while...... Alaska....Hawaii...Texas...

That way we would have a place to 'stay' when we visited... well, thankfully they are much closer... but, still require the AS to visit...and 'stay'.. so, funny how things work out..
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Old 11-23-2014, 10:55 PM   #39
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Old 11-23-2014, 11:29 PM   #40
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Well, it'd be great to escape Southern California's home prices, but we're very attached to our weather and lack of bugs/mosquitos. So, even though we constantly talk about where else to live, we just can't pull ourselves away.....yet!
Oh; well now that were in San Diego, we do not miss the fire ants, the "no see um's", mosquitos, humidity we had in TX...we DO miss the grand kids however...but, yesterday morning we went to the beach and had breakfast, walked the dog in the surf, talked about next AS trip, and were home by 11am....that is nice for sure. We can also take the AS inland to Borego Springs in winter months and to the beach like San Clemente State Park for great camping...Pechanga is nice also in Temecula for wine tasting. Negative down here is driving through Riverside or LA area pulling the AS to get to Big Bear or to Central or Northern California oasis...need to plan for that trip to avoid the white knuckle ride getting to the better spots outside of Southern California freeways...they say it's the adventure...I guess I am getting too old to experience the "adventure" pulling the AS at 65 on the SoCa freeways...
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For those born in the colder climates the options may be greater. I suspect if it were only climate, I would summer in the More northern areas like Colorado to Wisconsin, winter in an area from New Mexico to the Georgia coast or Florida.

IMO, if one finds most places they visit to be friendly and nice place to visit, one can live anywhere and be happy. If there are lots of places where the citizens are not friendly, well, it may be difficult to find a good place to live.


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Being an Oregon transplant (40+ years ago) from Los Angeles, I am glad to hear that people are afraid of volcanos and tsunamis ... We have a cabin in a beachside tsunami zone and a home in the beautiful and fertile Willamette Valley. The lava rocks at the beach were, indeed, formed from volcanos in far away Central Oregon. The last tsunami of note was about 500 years ago. So, we are due for another one. Man, does all this make one feel "alive," or what!? Breath that fresh air ... aaahhh. Go Ducks!
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