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Old 01-06-2019, 07:41 PM
 
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Hello,

My wife and I moved from San Diego to Orlando last year, then ended up back in San Diego, where we are now. I love warm weather and generally HATE cold weather, BUT the constant warm conditions in Orlando left me wanting more variety. We may not stay in San Diego and are considering places to move to. What I am looking for:
  • Natural Beauty
  • Relative Isolation (compared to San Diego/California)
  • open space
  • a nearby lake or river I can SUP on

Florida in general would have been great in terms of how much water is there, but Orlando was mostly just nasty lakes that you couldn't swim in. If we'd been by the coast I might have enjoyed it more. I really need to be near a body of water because I really love the water. I don't necessarily need to be IN the water, but I like to be ON the water, whether that's SUPing or boating, or whatever. I like to surf in San Diego, but obviously no surf in Colorado Springs. Are there any lakes nearby that I could get my water fix? What are they like in the summer? Do they warm up enough so you can get in?

I think I could deal with the cold. It wouldn't be my favorite, but Colorado seems like a nice blend of what California has (natural beauty) and more space. Plus I'm sure my dog would love the colder weather (compared to Orlando). We mostly like San Diego, they weather can't be beat, but it has just gotten so damn crowded and even though we can afford it, we don't like the idea of spending half a million on a fixer upper. Jobs are not an issue for us as I work remote and she can probably go remote.
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:48 PM
 
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Short version: Colorado isn't for you. Lakes are too few and too cold for swimming. It was -28F in parts of the state last week.

Where to: I suggest Texas gulf coast, waterfront at affordable prices. Warm water, some aspect of 4 seasons. If you want more of the 4 season thing try the Ozarks where there are lots of lakes and reservoirs.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:16 PM
 
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Short version: Colorado isn't for you. Lakes are too few and too cold for swimming. It was -28F in parts of the state last week.

Where to: I suggest Texas gulf coast, waterfront at affordable prices. Warm water, some aspect of 4 seasons. If you want more of the 4 season thing try the Ozarks where there are lots of lakes and reservoirs.
I tend to shy away from the south because much of it has gators (I think?). Southern bodies of water just seem way too dangerous, filled with too many things that want to kill me. I'll look into the Ozarks. For some reason, I just hate the idea of Texas. Nothing against the people, it just seems hot and flat. I can't do flat. I have been spoiled by San Diego's perfect weather, so anything is going to take an adjustment. I tried mostly warm (Orlando) and I didn't love the fact that it was warm all. the. time. So I'm thinking I may rather be on the colder side. Colorado is so beautiful too.

I may be able to do with the extreme cold (at times), although I'd be taking a big gamble moving there just to find out I hate it. I was reading some of the threads here that said sometimes in February you can have a 60 degree day. I think I'd be ok with winters where you get plenty of sun, and an occasional, slightly warmer day. Like I said I don't necessarily need to be IN the water, so much as ON the water and I figure in the summer, that could be possible?
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:28 PM
 
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Northern Arizona?
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:30 PM
 
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Northern Arizona?
I thought about that, or Northern NM. I guess maybe I have to start thinking slightly more south.
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Old 01-07-2019, 01:23 AM
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Location: Manitou Springs
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Hello,

My wife and I moved from San Diego to Orlando last year, then ended up back in San Diego, where we are now. I love warm weather and generally HATE cold weather, BUT the constant warm conditions in Orlando left me wanting more variety. We may not stay in San Diego and are considering places to move to. What I am looking for:
  • Natural Beauty
  • Relative Isolation (compared to San Diego/California)
  • open space
  • a nearby lake or river I can SUP on

Florida in general would have been great in terms of how much water is there, but Orlando was mostly just nasty lakes that you couldn't swim in. If we'd been by the coast I might have enjoyed it more. I really need to be near a body of water because I really love the water. I don't necessarily need to be IN the water, but I like to be ON the water, whether that's SUPing or boating, or whatever. I like to surf in San Diego, but obviously no surf in Colorado Springs. Are there any lakes nearby that I could get my water fix? What are they like in the summer? Do they warm up enough so you can get in?

I think I could deal with the cold. It wouldn't be my favorite, but Colorado seems like a nice blend of what California has (natural beauty) and more space. Plus I'm sure my dog would love the colder weather (compared to Orlando). We mostly like San Diego, they weather can't be beat, but it has just gotten so damn crowded and even though we can afford it, we don't like the idea of spending half a million on a fixer upper. Jobs are not an issue for us as I work remote and she can probably go remote.
If you're from somewhere with lots of lakes, creeks, shorelines, etc., then Colorado can be a bit of an adjustment. Being from New England, I missed water when I moved here, and sometimes I still do wish there were lakes to jump in ... but for me the mountains more than make up for the lack of abundant water. Now ... we do have reservoirs nearby - Pueblo, Eleven Mile and a few others I can't think of right now. Oh yeah, Spinney. A Google search will tell you about them.

Hot springs are a nice way to spend the day in water, if you like that sort of thing. There are plenty of beautiful hikes that follow nice creeks and rivers that you may be able to dip your toes in (very carefully because they're usually cold).

As others suggested ... perhaps Colorado wouldn't work for you. That said, if you can spend a little time looking around this area, that may help you make your decision.

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Old 01-07-2019, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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San Diego climate without the crowds or expense?

Try New Zealand.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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San Diego climate without the crowds or expense?

Try New Zealand.
I'm sure it's beautiful there. A bit far from family though
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Natural Beauty - we have that.
Relative Isolation (compared to San Diego/California) - Uhh, we have that, I think. I'm not sure how isolated San Diego is.
open - space 10% of city parks are wildland interface and we have Pike National Forest all along our western edge.
a nearby lake or river I can SUP on - we have a couple local places for SUP

I will dissent with others and say that SUP is possible in Colo Spgs depending on your expectations. SUP is not an on purpose water contact sport like tubing or skiing that put you in the water regularly, so temp is not a huge concern. A good SUPer will never enter the water except for their feet. So, within the city, Prospect lake, SE of downtown, and Quail Lake, south of downtown, are both local lakes that have SUP capabilities (thre is even a company on them that rents SUPs). So you can drive 10 minutes across town, get your SUP fix and move on with your day.

If you expect a constant variety of lakes to SUP on, then you may not dig the place and you will be driving. Nearly any lake, or reservoir as most our water is, will support SUP, kayaking, and paddle boards, even if motorized raft are prohibited. So as your range of driving increases, so to do your opportunities for SUP. I would, however, not recommend SUP for most of our rivers unless you are out on the plains where the elevation flattens out, or within a valley where similar flattness allows the speed to slow down.

As far as temps go, yea, things do tend to be cooler, depending on where you are at. The mountain lakes will be upper 50s to lower 60s t eh peak of summer. Definetly cool, but not frigid. I've been water skiing and tbuing on Turquoise Lake outside of Leadville at 9500+ ft. Temps were tolerable, but you didn't want to sit in the water for too long, but you could get in it. Going out on the plains, places like John Martin and Sterling will actually hit mid to upper 70s. Along the Front range, temps will be mid to upper 60s.

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Old 01-07-2019, 12:45 PM
 
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I thought about that, or Northern NM. I guess maybe I have to start thinking slightly more south.

How about Farmington, NM? You have Navajo Lake to the east, and over by Cortez, CO, you have Mcphee Reservoir. There are some lakes to the north around Durango, CO; they are colder, but very beautiful and scenic. Farmington has everything one needs. And best of all, it is centrally located. Colorado mountains to the north; Monument Valley, Four Corners, and canyon country to the west (heck, you can even get to Lake Powell in a reasonable amount of time); Navajo country to the south.
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