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ThomasKeefer

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 9, 2018 - 06:01pm PT
Might close out a 25 year ride in the Navy and trying to decide where to move to from our current Monterey, CA place. Planning to teach Physics or Calc somewhere as a second career. We have been looking at some spots in VT, CO and OR so far but the freedom to go anywhere is a bit overwhelming... Please help :)

Criteria are:
-Great school system (2 kids 14/12)
-Good access to climbing, skiing, MTB, paragliding, kitesurfing, etc (don't need all of them but as close as possible)
-'reasonable' cost of living - need to be able to get a place for 400-500k (I understand that is not exactly reasonable)
-Dont want full suburbia but also not looking to start a farm
-Manageable traffic

Thanks!!
RURP_Belay

Big Wall climber
Bitter end of a bad anchor
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:05pm PT
Have you considered Bend? It's a bit of a drive to the ocean, but hits a bunch of your qualifiers.
ThomasKeefer

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2018 - 06:12pm PT
Yes.. Thanks! Here is the current short list:

South Burlington, VT (great schools, decent access to all those sports just on a different level but the real estate market is horrendous... and that winter.. but it's kind close to family, and great beer)

Bend (Decent schools, hard to get to?, great access to sports, maybe a bit dreary in winter?)

Colorado Springs (Great Schools, good access to sports, probably a bit right leaning for me, traffic situation might be an issue)
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:15pm PT
Los Angeles
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:15pm PT
Become a Canadian citizen and then move to Squamish.
ThomasKeefer

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2018 - 06:16pm PT
Good call, Gary! Is there traffic in LA? ;)
climbski2

Mountain climber
The Ocean
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:20pm PT
SLC perhaps..seems perfect for ya.

Reno/Tahoe is a fair choice but rapidly getting pricey. Reno HS run from bad to decent depending on which one.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:23pm PT
Go to El Paso and learn Texan.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:27pm PT
head off to Russia with formerclimber, he'll get you settled in
ThomasKeefer

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2018 - 06:29pm PT
SLC is an interesting idea we have thought about... Point of the Mountain is being bull dozed away :(

Russia sounds interesting.. maybe a bit too exotic

Aside from bouldering, what is in El Paso?
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Sacramento, CA
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:33pm PT
Reno/Tahoe is rapidly becoming a smoky cauldron!

I dunno, I live where I live in Sacramento, a local to nothing and close to everything.
ThomasKeefer

Trad climber
San Diego
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 9, 2018 - 06:39pm PT
Anyone lived in Vermont posting on here?
I am torn since I have only spent one winter taking trips there - it was the 14/15 snowpocalypse so it might have seemed artificially cool.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:51pm PT
Duluth, Minn. And yes, you are welcome.
Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:53pm PT
Respectfully... where ever your family wants. They’ ve had to put up with your job their whole lives. It came first?

Make the last years of your kids lives in your house about them. Once they fly the nest or head off to college then reassess if necessary.

Just ask them where they want to be - without preconditoon. They might surprise you?

And thank you for your service.
DMT
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:54pm PT
Roll over, on to your back and the universe will answer all of your questions.

LOL !
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:55pm PT
Colorado Springs is very conservative, bursting at the seams with retired military and evangelicals. Salt Lake city gives the impression of being on a well maintained military base and is also conservative but Mormon.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:58pm PT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 9, 2018 - 06:58pm PT
What, NW Washington doesn’t tick some boxes? OK, the skiing isn’t great but it can be.
West of Puget Sound you can get a darn nice place for $500K. And I don’t mean in Bremerton. 🤨
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Aug 9, 2018 - 07:02pm PT
Visalia, CA :)


The northeast has access to mediocre versions of everything on your list. Their mountains are lame.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Aug 9, 2018 - 07:10pm PT
Wah

Winooski!








for those who will never need to gnow;
(That is north of South Burlington Vermont)

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