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Old 06-02-2017, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Wenatchee, Washington maybe.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:09 AM
 
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So had some allergy tests done yesterday and apparently I'm severely allergic to juniper. So somewhere without lots of juniper is pretty much a requirement.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Cody, Wyoming? I guess not near a major city, but only 100 miles or so to Billings. In my travels, Cody felt most like an authentic, rugged mountain town that still had things to do. Potentially a little touristy, but out of the way enough such that it would be limited to mostly summer travel.
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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So had some allergy tests done yesterday and apparently I'm severely allergic to juniper. So somewhere without lots of juniper is pretty much a requirement.
I feel sorry for you. Juniper is all over big parts of CO, UT, NM...

A less-dry environment should be doable. I think Black Hills is still in the running; they had big pines, not scrubby stuff.
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:37 AM
 
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Livingston, MT or Pinedale, WY?

Closer to where you are, maybe outlying parts of Port Angeles.
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Old 06-02-2017, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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I know there are a ton of "mountain town" threads but this one is quite specific and to the point. "Affordability" or the "right" politics are not particularly important. I was born and raised in Craig, Colorado, moved to the PNW about fifteen years ago and currently reside in Longview, Washington. I moved here because it was close to the mountains and I liked the climate and had decent manufacturing jobs. But this is town has become a crime ridden cesspool with zero economy. I'm looking a fresh start somewhere and would like to move back to a real true mountain town. Someplace small but near enough to a larger city that it's not exactly the boonies. Someplace with a view of tall mountain peaks and lots of fishing, camping and hiking nearby. As I already said, I grew up in Craig and while it's a town in Colorado, it is not exactly in the Rockies. Nor does it have views. It is also in the freaking desert. Most of Colorado is actually. And while I don't mind a drier climate, I would love to at least get some measurable rain throughout the year and not sweat my butt off in the summer. I also love the snow but don't want to be buried in it all winter. I don't care about your lifestyle or politics as long as you are good decent people. What I do not want is resort town or a ski town. I don't mind a touristy area though. Yes there is a difference. Think Aspen/Park City/Sun Valley vs the Black Hills. Affordability is of course important but only because I don't plan on making a lot of money. I'm also not worried about jobs per sey. I'm a lifelong warehouse guy and if there's an outdoor's shop or something like that where I can work the backroom that's fine by me. I'd even even love being a nature guide or or something along those lines. My family of three currently lives on less than $20,000 a year. Yes it is possible to have kids and not spend tons of cash, and not be redneck trailer trash, believe it or not. No booze. No drugs. No junk food. No we aren't Amish or hippies. Just think of us as granola conservatives. I've been looking at places like Bonner's Ferry, Sandpoint, Kalispell, Spearfish, Durango, and even places not exactly mountains but near them like Rapid City, Idaho Falls, and areas like the Skagit Valley in the North Cascades.
Since you already live in Longview maybe you should explore some of the towns on the Cowlitz river

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Old 06-02-2017, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I'm thinking Socorro, NM would work. Maybe Alamogordo.

Arizona: Cottonwood area, Prescott Valley, Payson.
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:36 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Really? That's sad. Durango used to be the poor man's Telluride.
It still is. The bar for poor has been raised quite a bit, though, and those who used to be poor are now peasants, tied to their current location.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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No Cowlitz and Lewis counties are cesspool of meth and gangs.
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Old 06-02-2017, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Job market isn't an issue for me.
Except that you mentioned you'd need a job.
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