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Old 12-28-2015, 03:27 AM
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Originally Posted by Nor'Eastah View Post
We didn't find everything we wanted in one place...at least not what we both wanted! So we got 2 places, one in Maine, and one in TN. My family has ties to Maine, while my wife has family in the NC /TN area.

We both enjoy both places, with the exception of my not being able to tolerate the TN heat from May to Oct. The wife, on the other hand, enjoys winter but gets depressed and cabin-feverish during January and February up here in Maine.

We both spent most of our lives in urban areas, so these places are both rural. The fishing is great in both states, so I'm happy....
We did the same thing. Alaska is my home and we spend a little over half the year there, as well as Christmas and New Years. We also have a winter home in Arizona, which is near family in California, but without the oppressive political climate. This way we get the benefits of Alaska residency and the warmth of Arizona winters.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:12 AM
Location: Tennessee
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For me, it would rate something like this.

1) Weather - I'm 29 and already hate the cold, wet weather here in Indiana. Last year, doing much outside from November into April was almost impossible as it was either too cold or too wet. This year has been a little better, but it looks like winter here is now. It's not going to be above 40 for the forecast, cloudy to mostly cloudy, with rain/snow. Horrible and it will be like this mostly into March/April. I wouldn't want to be any farther north than North Carolina/Tennessee.

2) I'm an "east of the Mississippi" person so I don't think I'll end up west of Mississippi, at most, in retirement.

3) Access to local and/or sustainably raised food. I'm not an "organic snob," but I do think local, farm fresh, and organic foods taste better.

4) Being able to boat and enjoy outdoor recreation for most of the year.
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