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Old 09-16-2006, 10:44 AM
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I've lived out here for a year now, and I too have been told to drink, drink, drink. If I huff and puff, it's because I'm overwight and out of shape, versus vacations here when I was younger. It is very dry here, but you learn to love it. It makes cold less penetrating, heat less debilitating. Lots of body lotion as needed, humidifiers year round if you feel the need. I used to bring one with me for summers in the mountains, but I just realized I've gone through this, my second full summer here, without it. The dryness is what makes this air so great, and makes every place else seem like a squalid sauna.
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Old 09-16-2006, 04:00 PM
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Default Kaligirl

Three main reasons:

- Get out of the humid, dog days of summer.
- Get twice the house for the money of Northern VA (DC Metro Area).
- Get out of the horrendous traffic mess they created back there.

Philosopical reasons:
- Gotta live somewhere, may as well live somewhere beautiful........life's too short to live in a rat race mess like Northern VA.

TONS of people are coming here from California, you will find what you want here, somewhere, and you'll be happy with it.


My full story is in the Colorado Springs sub-forum, probably on page 2, titled "Why Choose Colorado Springs."
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:24 PM
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Ahhh I see....those are the things I am trying to escape from here.
Thank you so much for your input Mike! I sure appreciate it and look forward to reading the other post you mentioned.

My husband and I spoke all day about places in CO, and he is leaning toward Fort Collins area, and I am leaning toward Colorado Springs (can you tell me about the Black Forest area?).... We are interested in Parker as well.

Any and all, any input here?
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:49 AM
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i moved from Laurel to Evergreen in 1980 then back to Md. in 85 then back to Evergreen in 1990, Don't worry about the altitude just don't climb any mountians for a few days..
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:53 PM
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What you need to do in order to adapt is have someone drive you up Pikes Peak or Mt. Evans and bring a six-pack of Malt Liquor Beer with you. Once you get up there, slam a couple and walk around a bit. Maybe jog back down with a camel-back filled up with the rest of the MLB.

If you can handle that, welcome to Colorado!
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:02 PM
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My house is at 8,000' and I came from sea level. It took 2-3 weeks before I felt normal walking up stairs etc.... but it took about 10-12 weeks before I felt normal while exercising (running, biking etc..). I never felt sick, just winded more than usual.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:07 PM
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I just got back from Fort Collins. I drove the 1074 miles from Los Angeles to get my new trike at Runabout Cycles in Fort Collins. I did get a bit whoozy when I was up around the Vail, Colorado area. The ground started moving and I could not get to sleep. I was gasping like a fish out of water. I drove 941 miles the first day, so I was tired, and with the lack of oxygen, that complicated things. But I am in good shape, so the symptoms were not too severe. Once I got to Fort Collins, I was bicycling all over the little college town of Fort Collins. It is a beautiful place. They have a brewery there called Belgium Beer. The people were very nice and friendly. It seem like the whole town loved to ride bikes.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:08 AM
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Visited Colorado a bunch over the past few years and planning to move to Ridgway in October. It takes me a couple of days to get used to the altitude, and some people in Ridgway joked (I think) that when I move there I'll get a "welcome package". Sunscreen, chapstick and a bottle of water. I drink lots of water when I'm there, lots, and waitresses learn when I'm eating to leave the pitcher of iced tea, I'll drink it all. My sister has lived on the western slope for over 30 years and still gets very thirsty, and is always drinking water. Only time I got lightheaded was on Monarch Mountain (12,000ft). Odd dizzy feeling and I was having problems catching my breath.
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:41 AM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Get checked out by a doctor, make sure you don't have a heart condition like enlarged heart, or other ailment that will be excacerbated by high altitude.

Originally Posted by Marylandmama View Post
We are looking to reloctate to Colorado from Maryland and I was wondering how people from lower elevations have adjusted to the thinner air of the higher elevations of Colorado Springs and Denver? How long did it take to get used to, especially with exercise and outdoor recreational activities?
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