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Old 08-06-2017, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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It does sound a little like playing dress up the way you talk about "putting on a Resistol and Wranglers", but I get it. I like to throw on a tie dye and go watch Grateful Dead music sometimes, but I don't always dress like a hippie. I would be bummed if I lived somewhere I couldn't do that every once in a while.
Sorry. Got that "dress up" thing from here. Most people in our area don't even know what Wrangler brand jeans are and definitely don't know what a Resistol is. Just not how people dress around here ever.

When the last poster called me a "wannabe" and "dress up", sort of pissed me off. I spent years in a rodeo arena and that wasn't wearing shorts and thongs. Heck, I even worked at a Stockyards/Auction in Oklahoma for a short time helping sort cattle on auction day. Have been to both OKC West and Oklahoma Stockyards in Oklahoma City.

I never once said I had been a ranch cowboy, but, years ago, I sure knew how to ride, swing a rope, catch a steer, dally, turn and let my "heeled" go for it. When I first got my Permit in PRCA, the organization was still called RCA. During those years, being a "weekend cowboy" was my thing and working in electronic manufacturing was a full-time weekday job.
I lived/worked in the "big city", but on the weekends I was either at a jackpot roping in Riverside or Norco, CA or at a rodeo in Southern Calif.

"Wannabe" or "dress up", absolutely no way! And, my wife stood by the arenas and gave us water on those hot days. She pretty much knows "everything and anything" about the sport.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:14 PM
 
Location: 0.83 Atmospheres
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Sorry. Got that "dress up" thing from here. Most people in our area don't even know what Wrangler brand jeans are and definitely don't know what a Resistol is. Just not how people dress around here ever.

When the last poster called me a "wannabe" and "dress up", sort of pissed me off. I spent years in a rodeo arena and that wasn't wearing shorts and thongs. Heck, I even worked at a Stockyards/Auction in Oklahoma for a short time helping sort cattle on auction day. Have been to both OKC West and Oklahoma Stockyards in Oklahoma City.

I never once said I had been a ranch cowboy, but, years ago, I sure knew how to ride, swing a rope, catch a steer, dally, turn and let my "heeled" go for it. When I first got my Permit in PRCA, the organization was still called RCA. During those years, being a "weekend cowboy" was my thing and working in electronic manufacturing was a full-time weekday job.
I lived/worked in the "big city", but on the weekends I was either at a jackpot roping in Riverside or Norco, CA or at a rodeo in Southern Calif.

"Wannabe" or "dress up", absolutely no way! And, my wife stood by the arenas and gave us water on those hot days. She pretty much knows "everything and anything" about the sport.
I don't blame you. That would irritate me as well.
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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I don't blame you. That would irritate me as well.
Thanks!

From the pictures and events we've seen that Loveland has, so far it could be a great fit. We really won't know until the visit.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:56 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Thanks!

From the pictures and events we've seen that Loveland has, so far it could be a great fit. We really won't know until the visit.
The Daily rag is quite informative.
News - Loveland Reporter-Herald

Lifestyle and Business sections are good,

Unfortunately, I spend too much time on the obits... tho gone for 35+ yrs still knew the majority (or their families) of the top 40 in obits today

other options...
/city/loveland-co]Loveland Forum » [domain blocked due to spam]

And certainly Facebook

Good luck planning your trip.

I do encourage you to stay with locals in a hospitality arrangement. You really get a better feel for the area and your interests. We use groups that are farm / ranch centric cuz I like to learn how they farm (especially Overseas) and also like to help with chores and 'farm-sit' while owners take a nice long deserved break. Often when they get to know you, they feel comfortable leaving you alone with their responsibilities while they venture off for a spell.

For camping there are 'Harvest Hosts' . Traveling during harvest can yield some fun volunteer roles. I keep my CDL and medical card current so I can haul grain and equipment for them. Of course the food and fellowship and lasting friendships are the real precious stuff of traveling. Overall... a great way to explore if you want to live in an area.

Many here (but not my favorites)
http://wikitravel.org/en/Hospitality_exchange
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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We just plan on getting a hotel room, like La Quinta, for a few days. My will still be working a full-time job at the time of our visit. A few days is enough for us to see/evaluate what we want to know.
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Old 08-07-2017, 04:40 AM
 
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I see your Location is Colorado Springs. So, you know about Loveland?

From what I've seen, nobody who boats on the lakes in the Loveland area is part of this forum. I also wonder what the people of Loveland think of the parade that happens before the fair and rodeo. And, wonder what people think of the rodeo itself. I know there are those that live in Denver metro that wouldn't mind if the Stock Show & Rodeo, that happens there in January, was moved out of Denver completely.
I don't live in the Loveland area, but I have spent many a day over the decades on Boyd Lake sailing/racing my Laser sailboat. As well, many days on Carter Lake and Horsetooth res's.

From what you've described as your boating interest in prior posts, I don't believe that Boyd Lake will hold your attention at all. As well, the two lakes in the foothills are typical Colorado mountain area lakes with cold water and subject to frequent strong gusty winds that can make for an unpleasant situation of whitecaps/deep chop if your boat isn't capable of dealing with these conditions. Not saying that you can't have fun days on Carter/Horsetooth ... but you need to be very aware of conditions and weather forecasts where the opportunities for these situations can arise.

To give you an idea of how "deep" is the chop on those mountain lakes ... I have been racing my Laser and the Laser sailboat(s) next to me completely disappeared from my view when we were both in the bottom of troughs yet only 20' to 50' apart. Moreover, the winds can be so confusing a pattern that we could be on opposite tacks yet headed in the same direction going upwind, still only a few yards apart. These are challenging conditions for dinghy racing where we're usually appropriately dressed and the boats are able to deal with the conditions. For us, much of the "fun" comes from dealing with these conditions ... but are these the types of waters you want to put your boat and time in? Conditions here are a far cry from what typically presents on the flatland lakes such as Cherry Creek or Aurora Res's where you may have boated in Colorado during your last residency here.

With as many threads as you've had re moving back to Colorado or exploring other options in this region, one major point has repeatedly presented: You need to come visit the areas under consideration and see for yourself. There's really little to add at this point of your discovery of the area.
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Old 08-07-2017, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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While in Colorado, we had a 16' Bowrider and it done fine on Horsetooth Lake. Chatfield Reservoir/Lake was somewhat cold water, but that is what Rainbows thrive in and what we fished for.
Looking online, we seen boats that were the same size, and bigger, as the one we have now. Funny, but we both remember seeing, in the No Wake Area of Chatfield, full size cabin cruisers tied up to each other three deep.

Anyway, will just have to check out all three lakes (Cater, Boyd, Loveland) while there.

Another thing, for those that tell us how packed the lakes in Loveland area get on the weekends.......when we lived in Parker, we'd be on Chatfield, in the No Wake Area, fishing at 9AM. Most families using tubes or skiing wouldn't even be on the lake until noon or later. We'd be retrieving our boat onto the trailer as people were pulling into the parking lot with their boat to setup for launching.

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Old 01-11-2018, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Which makes a great advertisement for researching a place before simply moving there on simplistic impression or outdated information.
Even though wife and I lived in south Englewood (apts. across from Coors Amphitheater) and bought a house in Parker (off Hilltop/behind Parker P.D.) for a total of 5 1/2 years (2002 thru 2007), we are taking a week of vacation in July 2018 to visit Loveland and go to Cheyenne Frontier Days. While living there in Colorado, we only drove on the outskirts of Loveland. We want to check out the lakes, as we are into boating/fishing, and other things.

I have two threads on this forum asking about Loveland and many folks who have replies think we'd fit in fine. We will be relocating from northeastern Florida and will be in our early 70's. We aren't looking for places like Denver, Denver metro or Ft. Collins. For us, looks like Loveland would be perfect, but the upcoming visit will tell. We are a "small town/city" type couple, not the "big city/high population" type. My wife says she really misses Colorado and I, a former rodeo roper, does also.

Can't wait to see the lakes, perhaps a short trip to RMNP to view some Elk, taking a rodeo performance at CFD, maybe taking a trip to Black Hawk (casinos) and just having some fun, relaxation and "checking things out".
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:55 AM
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Location: Mars City
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we are taking a week of vacation in July 2018 to visit Loveland... I have two threads on this forum asking about Loveland and many folks who have replies think we'd fit in fine. ...For us, looks like Loveland would be perfect, but the upcoming visit will tell. We are a "small town/city" type couple, not the "big city/high population" type.
Loveland really isn't a "small town/city" any more. It's part of the growing hustle and bustle of the Front Range, as people continue to come here in droves from other states. It has the feel of a larger city now, as Fort Collins, Windsor, etc. grow outward and closer to it, blending the high-growth areas together. There are plenty of people from the north (Wisconsin, Minnesota), and California too coming which culturally and attitudinally change the feel of the area, as well as lots of young couples. I see and hear a lot of disappointment from locals and long-timers who resent the vanishing of the old/traditional/rural/ag feel. Traffic continues to get crazier too. Maybe you'll pick up on that when you come and visit.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Loveland really isn't a "small town/city" any more. It's part of the growing hustle and bustle of the Front Range, as people continue to come here in droves from other states. It has the feel of a larger city now, as Fort Collins, Windsor, etc. grow outward and closer to it, blending the high-growth areas together. There are plenty of people from the north (Wisconsin, Minnesota), and California too coming which culturally and attitudinally change the feel of the area, as well as lots of young couples. I see and hear a lot of disappointment from locals and long-timers who resent the vanishing of the old/traditional/rural/ag feel. Traffic continues to get crazier too. Maybe you'll pick up on that when you come and visit.
Well, Loveland has a much smaller population than where we live now, as the population here is 913,000 and overall population is over 1.5 million.

It might be growing, but won't catch up with Denver or it's metro area. As already stated in my one thread, there is a yearly County Fair and Rodeo there, unlike here. The fair here is very small, with very little livestock, and no rodeo. You have a parade there for your County Fair as well.

We are looking for a really small town, like Strasburg, CO, where we almost bought a house in 2003. We know Loveland isn't that small and that's fine with us. Loveland has 76,897 people, compared to 913,000 here. Quite the difference! You think you have traffic there, come to where we currently live.

And, Loveland isn't that far from livestock, being that Centennial Livestock Auction/Yards are right off of the I-25 by Ft. Collins, Greeley isn't really far and neither is Cheyenne.
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