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Old 07-08-2011, 02:05 PM
Location: Arlington, VA
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My husband and I are considering moving to the Denver area. I have been to Denver several times for work and love it. A little background before I dive in...I am originally from Florida, though raised in the Western part of North Carolina. DH was born and raised in North Carolina. Last April, we moved to DC as my job transferred me here. We were excited to access all the amenities of a larger city, but knew that DC would not be a permanent thing for us. We love the outdoors (hiking, camping, mountain biking) and four seasons.

We both agree that we would be very happy in Denver, but my ONLY hesitation is that a beach is not easily accessible, as I am accustom to. For anyone from the East or West coasts, is this ever an issue for you? I've noticed there are plenty of lakes in the area, several of which allow gas boats, so it sounds like there is still water recreation available. Thoughts?
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:14 PM
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Not really. I moved here from Orange County. Guess I've had enough of the beach!
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:16 PM
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Yes, I still miss the beach. I miss the lakes and rivers too. There's water here but just not much. The water is one of the biggest things that I miss about living near the coast.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:23 PM
Location: Littleton, CO
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Moved from Daytona Beach and I don't miss the beach, there's a lot better stuff here to make up for it
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:51 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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Being from the Northeast, some say they will miss the beach. But really the only thing I would miss is maybe the sand and sun. And I wouldn't even really miss the sand that much, it gets EVERYWHERE and you can never get rid of it. Besides, what's to miss about 60 degree salt water. It's not refreshing on a hot summer day, it's FREEZING. But I agree, there's other things in the area that will occupy you rather than going to the beach. Of course, you can surely find anyone with a pool !!
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:44 PM
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Being raised on the east coast, I very much missed the ocean in the thirty years I lived in Colorado. Vacations were to the west coast and dipping my feet in the ocean. When we retired, we moved to Hawaii, where I can see and smell and be in the water every day. Colorado is a beautiful state, and now we vacation there.

Denver is a lot drier than what you are used to on the east coast. There is no bountiful spring that you are used to, and the winters are brown (although the sky is a gorgeous blue year round).
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:54 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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Everyone's going to have a different opinion about this. I don't miss the beach, having lived near it most of my life. I'm a pretty easy going guy though, and I adapt to whatever environment I'm in pretty quickly.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:58 PM
Location: California Mountains
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I lived in a house less than half a block from Main Beach in Laguna Beach (California) for more than 50 years, woke up every morning and went to bed every night with the sound of the wave, ran track and played football on the sand, body surfed daily rain or shine, etc. Didn't miss it at all when we moved to a house in a valley in Europe.

When we traveled, we always tried to spend some time at all the foreign beaches, but I would say it was due more to an attraction than nostalgia. Right now, we live in Florida on a saltwater canal within walking distance from the harbor, and we like it very much, but I wouldn't say the nearness of water is the only reason for my contentment either.

We will move to the Denver Metro Area next year, and I'm sure I'll like the mountain as much as I liked the beach in Laguna, the valley in Central Italy, or the canal in Southwest Florida.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:59 PM
Location: Colorado
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I don't miss the beach but I do miss excellent quality seafood!
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Old 07-08-2011, 05:39 PM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Yeah, but there are planes and dinky reservoirs for that.
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