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Old 06-26-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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What kind of work is there in Floyd, Carroll, and Grayson Counties? I was looking at Hillsville, Va and it looks absolutely beautiful!

Yes, that was another town I visited while there but unfortunately, I haven't a clue about work. Galax is nice too, a little larger, but that entire area is just great. If I retire there, I won't have to worry about work. That's one reason why I keep "hanging in there" so I won't have to find another job. Retirement is about seven years away, and I absolutely cannot wait.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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Shenandoah Valley area of VA.
That's where I'm going
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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Try the Ozark mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. Plenty of outdoor activities from mountain biking, adventure racing, canoeing, kayaking, lots of great hiking. Winters are mild with a few snow and ice storms. Summers are pretty hot and humid but not nearly so bad as the rest of the real South. Here's a tourist web site for Arkansas with plenty of info on the Ozarks - Arkansas Tourism Official Site - Fun Affordable Family Vacations - State of Arkansas. I'm sure Mizzou has one too. Lots of Californians moving to AR to escape the high cost of living and replace it with a laid back, friendly atmosphere in a place where you can actually have the money and time to enjoy your surroundings instead of being cooped up in the car commuting.

I definately agree!
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Try the Ozark mountains of Arkansas and Missouri. Plenty of outdoor activities from mountain biking, adventure racing, canoeing, kayaking, lots of great hiking. Winters are mild with a few snow and ice storms. Summers are pretty hot and humid but not nearly so bad as the rest of the real South. Here's a tourist web site for Arkansas with plenty of info on the Ozarks - Arkansas Tourism Official Site - Fun Affordable Family Vacations - State of Arkansas. I'm sure Mizzou has one too. Lots of Californians moving to AR to escape the high cost of living and replace it with a laid back, friendly atmosphere in a place where you can actually have the money and time to enjoy your surroundings instead of being cooped up in the car commuting.

I second the Arkansas reco! What a beautiful, underrated state.
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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I second the Arkansas reco! What a beautiful, underrated state.
It is pretty, but I think it's way too hot and humid.
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:44 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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It is pretty, but I think it's way too hot and humid.
that's in low elevations near the LA border and also close to the TN border, but in the higher elevations of the Ozarks in summer, the high's are in the mid-80s lows in the lower 60s, not too bad, IMO.
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Hello! My name's Emily and my family and I are looking to move out of California in the next two years. The problem is...we don't know where to go! We love the mountains, but many mountain states seem to have extreme weather, with winters lasting half the year! Are there any mountain communities where temperatures don't dip below zero, don't get 100+ inches of snow, and where it's not 100* + in the summer? We'd like to be in a small town with no more than 10,000 people, near a lake/stream/creek, with affordable housing (less than $200,000??), a hospital nearby, and where crime isn't out of control. Good school aren't a necessity, as the youngest will soon be finished with school. Does such a place exist within the good ol' US of A?
Perhaps Albuquerque or other NM locales. The winters are pretty mild and the housing is pretty affordable. But why would you want to leave CA?
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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that's in low elevations near the LA border and also close to the TN border, but in the higher elevations of the Ozarks in summer, the high's are in the mid-80s lows in the lower 60s, not too bad, IMO.
Wow, that's not bad at all.
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:59 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Santa Cruz Mts. Problem is, the place is burning up and the fact that it's in the dreaded California-$$$$$$ ! Arkansas is off my list primarily because of the bugs I hear of. Arkansas does have one thing to boast about though. It was the place where the toothbrush was invented. How do we know this ?

Because if it was invented anywhere else it would be call a teethbrush !
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Old 06-28-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Where I live in California it's extremely crowded, noisy, crime-filled, and expensive, not to mention hot (it was 96* in the SHADE the other day). In fact, I can't afford to live here anymore. Unless one makes a killing working for some big company, it's pretty much impossible to survive here (unless, of course, you don't mind being in debt). At heart I'm a country gal and think it's time to leave.
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