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Old 02-11-2017, 01:08 PM
 
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A one-time, final move from So. Cal to Eastern Idaho -- is extreme, to say the least. Have you ever lived where its cold 8-months out of the year? Is there something about Idaho (grandkids, family ?) that draws you there? (It sounds like you are wide open to various areas).

A long-distance retirement move will be significantly unsettling in other areas than weather. Do you have friends there and know your way around -- or will you simply be moving there cold turkey and starting over?

We've been retired 9-years now -- moving once (5-years ago) to get nearer the grandkids. My advice is to test-out your expectations by renting there for 3-6 months first. This is particularly true in light of your view that you "have one chance to get it right and want no regrets."
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Old 02-11-2017, 10:50 PM
 
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Boise has a much more moderate climate, and better access to health care. I personally hate snow and ice, so, given your choices, that is the local I would choose. Great fishing there, as well as the other places. Hot Springs! Moose and Elk! My daughter lives there and is trying to get me to move there when I retire, but all in all I still think the winters are not what I want to deal with, but still way milder than the other places you mentioned. I would not even consider the other places due to the winters. Did I mention I hate ice and snow and cold winters? BTW, I grew up in ice and snow and winter so I know whereof I speak
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Old 02-12-2017, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area, and moved out of high school to WA. It took me 18 years to get out of the snow, and I hope to never see another flake in my life. Except as part of the scenery far away on a mountain.

If you can take the summer heat, Redding might work really well for you guys, and you could keep your CA medical benefits.

The river runs right through downtown. Great medical facilities, good entertainment, great shopping, clean air.

I moved to Redding to retire because it's cheaper, but I couldn't take the long, hot summers. I would have stayed, otherwise.

The one winter I was there, it snowed around Thanksgiving and the snow stayed on the ground for about a week. Just a few inches. Otherwise, it's just brisk, but usually sunny. Winters are great in Redding.

Maybe you could buy a cheap place on the north coast around Crescent City to escape to for the summer. There's good fishing here, too.

Real estate is cheap in both towns.

FWIW

http://www.visitredding.com/fishing

Smith River Fish Report - Smith River, CA (Del Norte County)

I know why they call it the "Wild Rivers Coast" - Rogue River Fishing Guides and Trips - Salmon and Steelhead - Southern Oregon Fishing Report

Tally Ho Sportfishing in Crescent City
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