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Old 02-08-2014, 11:25 AM
Location: Western Colorado
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Congrats of your move! Now we need a photo of your surroundings!
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:52 AM
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Wink Big Sky Country

Thanks for the update. Best of luck in your new home.

Montana is an interesting place, sharing some similarities with Colorado, not least with the Rocky Mountains in common. Their greatest height is here, with average elevation of the land descending as one moves north into Canada. Yet in relative perspective no less there. Even more so than Colorado most of Montana is prairie, with only the far western edge of the state in the Rocky Mountains. But anyone who has been to such places as Glacier National Park will understand how magnificent they are.

Something some Coloradoans may not fully appreciate is that we are more or less in the Southwest, particularly the southwest corner of this state. Thus all the sun and semi-arid nature. While Montana's overall climate is more like Colorado's, it shares similarities with other Northwest states. While the preponderance of rain falls west of the Cascade Mountains, the common winter cloud cover there is extended to an extent across eastern Washington state, Idaho and into Montana.

One possible attraction is that a greater degree of the Wild West survives in Montana than Colorado. One delineating factor is population. In geographic size Montana is about half again as large as Colorado. Yet with one-fifth the population. It was only in November or December 2011 that the state's population reached on million. The state is largely rural. The largest city is Billings, with but 106,954 people. The capitol, Helena, is nestled up against the flank of the Rocky Mountains. As with the capitol of Nevada, Carson City, it seems almost an afterthought, with a population of but 28,190 (2010 figures).

As with Colorado, certain environmental issues cannot be avoided. Visitors may notice that the mountain pine beetle has been active there as well. This alone presents a sad sight if driving north from Colorado through Wyoming. But what a drive it can be, especially if taking the more scenic routes. In that we are all blessed with a great deal of fantastic country.

Meanwhile, back in Ouray, it is expected that the recent large rockslide having entirely closed US 550 between Ouray and Silverton will be controlled soon. US 550 should be fully open soon, 24/7with an improvement to alternating one-way travel past the affected area (this being south of Ouray and before Ironton Park).
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:08 AM
Location: Woods Bay, Montana
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Sorry for not checking back here more often! You guys are awesome. And sweet to reply on my decision! I've enjoyed reading all the thoughts and opinions from the same dedicated few, throughout this decision making process. Idunn, (truth told on your Montana/Colorado assessment!), jim9251, ColoradoRambler, brightdoglover, delta07, 80skeys, are always a good read… Not to forget CosmicWizard. Especially not to forget jazzlover... Thank you again! I love living here and maybe I will post a photo sometime, jim9251. You're always good about the pics.

You can drive a back road to Glacier Nat. Park from my house. I've heard it's 17 miles and takes two glorious hours through the mountains… We'll see this summer. (If I don't get married and move to London before then, that is!) Funny how life goes isn't it. '

My best to all you guys!
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:51 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, +5. Please keep us posted and add pix later in the year.
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