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Old 11-22-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Where would you live?

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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Old 11-22-2014, 06:06 PM   #2
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You might think about Cedar City in southern Utah. It has a moderate climate and is close many national and state parks - if you like to go to those types of places. Good luck in what ever area you pick.

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Old 11-22-2014, 06:21 PM   #3
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Billdunlap brings up a good point when he says "if you like those types of places". Forget "popular" destinations. What kind of destinations are you looking for? Boondocking opportunities? National parks? State parks? Corps of Engineers campgrounds? Private campgrounds with all the amenities?

Howling wilderness? Cities full of culture and history with campgrounds nearby? Places where lots of rallies are held? Places where you can be alone? Places where you can be in a family setting? Places where you can be amongst crowds of like-minded people?

There are so many different types of experiences to choose from, besides just "popular." Never mind what's popular, which by definition are the places other people like to go in great numbers. Pick the places you would like to go, and just go there. Camp there for a while, and if you like it well enough, move there!

So turning the question back on you, what part of the country strikes your fancy? I assume it's not southeast Texas, or you wouldn't have asked in the first place…
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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Pro, I said I was bored! Not that I have a moving van out front waiting for me to make a decision! Actually we love S.E. Tex. Just looking at options. Like your idea of picking a place, go there and camp and if we like it move there.


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Old 11-22-2014, 06:38 PM   #5
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Looks like it's a thousand miles from where I am to where I'd like to in terms of a place where the beauty of the outdoors is a day away in most directions. And that home itself a place where the view is more satisfying than where I am at present.

Less difference than today in other words. Sounds invigorating to just go down the road a piece. Takes more time and energy to go far just to rest.

As one grows older and life shorter it is a stronger pull.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:56 PM   #6
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Where I want to be depends on so many factors such as time of the year, weather, "been there done that," etc... I used to think that a home base in FL or AZ where the winter weather was pretty good and traveling the rest of the year would be ideal. Now I'm not so sure.

Our home is in a very nice part of Michigan which has fantastic weather from the middle of May to the middle of October, then not so much. And Michigan is pretty much in the middle of the country so everyplace is not too far. Accordingly , we tend to be "home" for a substantial part of mid-May to mid-October when the campgrounds and attractions are full of weekenders and tourists, and travel the rest of the time when things are less hectic on the roads.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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I pondered this same question when wandering around last summer. Native Californian and currently live in La Paz, MX during the winter. I found Northern New Mexico, Colorado and South Dakota to be quite nice. If I had to decide where to set up camp permanently that would indeed be a difficult decision.
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For me, the Pacific Northwest, Utah especially, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming. Yeah, I could live out there.

Honestly, we fell so in love with Utah. I think we might settle out there someday.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:34 PM   #9
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Our nine grandchildren (along with their parents) all live within 150 miles of us here in Ohio. If we were to move I would conceder Holmes county Ohio. Not too hot in summer or cold in winter. The land is gently rolling hills with many Amish farms and workshops. They are a friendly group once they get to know you and you learn and respect their ways.
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Over the last nine years, we have spent over 1,500 nights in the Airstream. We have traveled with the Airstream in all of the lower forty-eight states and several of the provinces in eastern Canada. We have enjoyed every bit of it and would not trade these experiences for anything in the world.

Being Moose aficionados, our favorite places to camp are in Maine and Wyoming. Our home base is in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This works very well as we are 1,700 miles to Medway, Maine, and 1,900 miles to Buffalo, Wyoming. These are our two favorite Moosing grounds. We like Airstreaming all over the country. We find the east as charming as the west. We even like the middle. North Dakota is one of our favorites.

All this being said, when we come home, it is to another great and wonderful place.

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I am a country girl. I can't tolerate cities or crowds. We live in the "Thumb" of Michigan. If we could do whatever we wanted, we would live in Michigan in the summer and Texas in the winter.
There are lots of beautiful places in this country and we enjoy visiting them, but Michigan is home.
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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!
To me, home is not a location specifically, or a house, or a travel destination. It is to be near the people I love. I can travel anywhere away and enjoy what is there, but after a while I'm ready to move on. After being away for a while, I always want to return to those people, to home.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:13 PM   #13
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I ask myself this question daily. After spending over 35 years in California it is time to leave. Not the same state it was when I first arrived. I just retired 6 months ago, two kids in college and a younger wife that wants to work for about another 5 years. I am hopeful she will push up her plans.

I have always enjoyed the cactus of Southern Arizona and have family there that would be my winter home. Oregon or Idaho are possibilities for summer. I am spending some time this winter in Tucson so the wheels are moving.

Growing up in the northeast makes me appreciated just visiting the snow and enjoying the warmer sunshine.
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Old 11-22-2014, 11:33 PM   #14
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I can live where I want, and have very few connections-Our kids and grandkids live in Boston, San Francisco, Minnesota, and Iowa, but they have nothing to do with where "home Base is". We are both from the North, but prefer the weather in the South. I don't like to shovel rain, nor do I like to be trapped inside by cold weather. The politics of an area really have very little to do with where we live. We like to be near water, so live near the Gulf of Mexico an the Suwannee river. The taxes are reasonable here, so our land and home are relatively cheap. Strangely enough, electricity and cell and Internet service are expensive, probably due to the remoteness and agricultural nature of our home. Nancy would prefer being closer to shopping and restaurants, and for that reason we have looked into South Carolina and Georgia near the Atlantic, and also Southern California. Being able to ride motorcycles every day is also kind of necessary for me, so anyplace that snows is out of the question. Just keep in mind that once you retire your retirement will come to your bank, no matter where you live. Pick someplace where the amenities look like they will suit you, load up the Airstream, and go there for awhile. See if it is what you want, and if it is in your budget. If not, try somewhere else. I left home when I was 17 and never went back, so have never been homesick or felt the need to go "home". I have lived in South America, Indonesia, and different parts of Asia, but aside from visiting or vacationing I really prefer to live in the Continental United States. It is big enough so you will never see all of it. Finding the perfect place is a very personal thing, so good luck to everyone at finding it! Rolland


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