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Old 02-25-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Hi everyone,
I am a homeschool mom with 3 boys who are all involved in karate and a lot of sports. I train my Newfoundland dogs and need a place to take them swimming!!
My husband is from Alaska and wants to live near the mountains.
We also like to hike, swim, camp, and canoe
So what we would like to find:

- Mountains
- river, pond, or some large body of water
- land for horses
- activities for families; sports, karate
- snow
- descent shopping

We are looking to move to either Oregon or Montana, thanks everybody!!
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Hi everyone,
I am a homeschool mom with 3 boys who are all involved in karate and a lot of sports. I train my Newfoundland dogs and need a place to take them swimming!!
My husband is from Alaska and wants to live near the mountains.
We also like to hike, swim, camp, and canoe
So what we would like to find:

- Mountains
- river, pond, or some large body of water
- land for horses
- activities for families; sports, karate
- snow
- descent shopping

We are looking to move to either Oregon or Montana, thanks everybody!!
Montana has all of those except for decent shopping. The only places near the mountains that have decent shopping are Missoula, Bozeman, and Kalispell and I would not recommend any of them due to the high cost of living and the low wages. If you are alright with living near some of those (within an hour or so) then that might work a little better. For example, Livingston is abut 25 miles from Bozeman which has decent shopping. I'm sure there are places for karate and there are plenty of outdoor activities available. You also have the Yellowstone River nearby. Land for horses might be a bit pricey but having never owned property there I can't say for sure. Columbia Falls is near Kalispell and might be less expensive, but the areas around Missoula and Kalispell do not take kindly to outsiders IMHO, whereas the areas around Bozeman are a little better about that. Other ones around Bozeman are Three Forks, Manhatten, and Belgrade (possibly).
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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Hi everyone,
I am a homeschool mom with 3 boys who are all involved in karate and a lot of sports. I train my Newfoundland dogs and need a place to take them swimming!!
My husband is from Alaska and wants to live near the mountains.
We also like to hike, swim, camp, and canoe
So what we would like to find:

- Mountains
- river, pond, or some large body of water
- land for horses
- activities for families; sports, karate
- snow
- descent shopping

We are looking to move to either Oregon or Montana, thanks everybody!!
If you're already considering Oregon, think of a third alternative: North Idaho. Lake Pend Oreille and Lake Coeur D'Alene, The Pend Oreille River, the Kootenai, Priest River, the St. Joe, and Clark Fork River (there are probably more). Basic shopping in Sandpoint, decent shopping in Coeur d'Alene, and good shopping in Spokane, WA. Lots of land for horses. Schweitzer ski resort in Sandpoint. Mountain ranges include the Selkirks, the Cabinets, and the Coeur d'Alenes/the Bitterroots. However, there aren't any jobs to speak of there, either, but if you're not concerned with that, NID might work for you. And you'd be only a short drive from Montana! You can do weekends and vacations all over NW Montana, camping etc.

One word of advice: If you're going to take your dogs swimming, be aware that some Oregon rivers (the Rogue, for instance) have algae that can kill dogs. Make sure you do your homework!
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