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Old 03-25-2016, 01:31 AM
 
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I will be visiting Ridgway and the Montrose area from April 4-10 (leaving April 11). It's my first visit as a certain future resident and that's pretty exciting. If anyone would like to meet and say hello and maybe get a cup of coffee, please DM me. Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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I will be visiting Ridgway and the Montrose area from April 4-10 (leaving April 11). It's my first visit as a certain future resident and that's pretty exciting. If anyone would like to meet and say hello and maybe get a cup of coffee, please DM me. Thanks.
Good morning BDL!

Will send you a dm later today!
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Ewa Beach, HI
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I don't live there, and I won't be there when you are, but I have to tell you that I love that area. Ridgway State Park and Ouray are two of my favorite places to visit. I would say that you should be prepared to live a life that is remote from "regular" life, but Montrose is pretty close really, and it has an impressive amount of stores and amenities. Good luck out there. Go see Blue Mesa during the run off. It will probably be as close to full as it has been in a long, long time. I have always wanted to see that reservoir at full stage.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Brightdoglover is very familiar with the ins and outs of the Western Slope; she spends time there every year but what's different this year is that she finally bought her little piece of heaven and will be a full timer soon!
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:20 PM
 
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Yes, thank you. I am meeting with my prospective builder and have already bought a building lot two blocks from the True Grit Cafe. While still in eastern Mass., I am working up a storm for financial reasons and preparing for my retirement mindset when I get to Ridgway in two years. I've been doing all the city things lately, and it feels like, been there, done that, even as I watch people leave the area for cheaper life, better weather, retirement, etc. I've been here on and off since age 20, and as much as I love my house and the automatic pilot of knowing where everything is, etc., I feel ready for a new life in Ridgway.
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Old 04-03-2016, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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You won't recognize the place. Construction and orange fencing everywhere! HWY 62 is being torn up to make it wider ( and of course faster). Gotta make the Telluride skiiers happy ya know.
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:09 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I only noticed this thread this morning. DM on the way!
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:32 PM
 
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My raw jealousy/envy cannot be measured by current technologies That's some beautiful country.

Good luck and take care of them there mountains until I can get back to help.
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Old 04-06-2016, 04:33 PM
 
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Been doing my best. Having trouble getting out of my rental apartment in the morning, drinking coffee in full view of the big mountains. I've decided on a builder (got a bid that made my jaw drop- I really underestimated the cost) and checked in with different volunteer options, two of the three looking real good (the third just too small to use volunteers much).

Talked to an old friend who is broke and in poor health and he grumbled that there is nothing for poor people in the area, the way there is the wonderful animal shelter for animals. I guess he's right. So now I feel like a rich spoiled animal lover moving in on outside pension money. I guess it's sort of true except I'm hardly rich, just worked by the house for a long time and in a very stressful job (to which I have to return for two more years).

I keep driving past my lot and trying to imagine my 770 sq.ft. house on it and there is a view out the main window wall (east facing), at least when the trees are bare.

I have found the food at the True Grit to be very good (and at the Pun Hill Himalyan Kitchen in Montrose, superior). "No one" is around because I managed to pick the one week where virtually everything closes and many people take their spring vacation (the ski season having closed in Telluride, and school breaks). Restaurants are taking the week off. No wonder my rental was so cheap!

Wild weather and blasting sun. I will not get accustomed to the wonderful sight of the big mountains. They stuck in my mind since first sight in 1988 and come 30 years later, they will be home. 'gulp'
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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^ I envy you. Maybe one day I will be able to move back. Enjoy your stay. Read up on the "vision" the town manager has for a once sleepy western mountain town. *sigh*
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