So, we're trying to decide between Colorado or Washington
April 17, 2014 1:34 PM Subscribe
Moving is inevitable, the question is... to where?
posted by patheral to Travel & Transportation (22 answers total)
So here's the deal. The new hubby and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico right now. He's a native and I'm a nomad. I moved here from Mississippi about two years ago thinking that this was the end of the road. Time to settle down. No more moving. I got married, adopted a couple of dogs and a cat, bought a house, the whole shebang.
Yeah, life isn't so easy, is it? Seems New Mexico doesn't like me. Can't breathe here. When I say, I can't breathe, I mean walking from one room of my house to another makes me breathless. The air here doesn't like me. Could be the altitude, could be the dry air, could be the dust, could be all the fancy, invasive trees and plants people have planted since the last time I lived here (for about a minute twelve years ago). Could be the rather poor air quality of Albuquerque... We don't know. Three inhalers and two pills later, nothing has helped. So the hubs and I figure that perhaps it would be best to move to somewhere that might like my lungs better. I like overcast days. All of this sun is driving me buggy. I thought the heat would be good for my fibromyalgia, but yeah... that didn't work out so well either. Ugh! That's why we're thinking of moving North. It's way too hot here.
Now, he has family in Colorado - the Fort Collins area, but we're looking more towards Colorado Springs (I'm not sure why, it just seems more community oriented when I look at it online). It's still high altitude, I know, but the air is clearer from what I understand. It's greener than Albuquerque -- less dust. Can't get away from pollen though... On the other hand, I have family in Washington -- the Puget Sound area on both sides of the water. I'd prefer not to be in the city because of the air quality, I prefer green scenery over grey. I've lived there before so I'm pretty sure I can breathe there. Hopefully. Keep in mind that these locations aren't written in stone, we're just considering them above all the rest mostly because we both have family there and they seem like good places to relocate to.
Now, specifics. I haven't been able to work since this whole breathing thing happened. However, I have vague plans of opening a thrift shop or a craft store wherever we go. We already have inventory to get that started (it's a long story) but I'm not sure in which area that would fly. He is a computer programmer - games and business software. He's got teh skillz. I'm kinda thinking that he might have a better chance of finding work in Seattle over Colorado Springs. But who knows?
We're both in our mid-forties but young at heart. We're not incredibly outdoorsy types, but we'd like to have places to take the aforementioned dogs. I absolutely love to walk whenever I have the air to do it. Give me well marked hiking trails, though, that are dog friendly. We're not trail blazers here; we like the well-beaten path.
We are comfortably settled in the middle class area of society -- not well off, but nowhere near poor. We'd like to stay somewhere where the cost of living is comparable to Albuquerque. We still have to make some improvements on this house and sell it and wrap some things up before we hit the road, but we're looking to move by next summer. This is research.