You make excellent points. I have stayed in Denver for 47 years, and in this house for 12. However, as you note, it’s a perfectly legitimate argument about chasing green grass. That’s not so much my purpose as it is to live in a home surrounded by acres, which is my dream. That is finally, once and for all within reach. I can’t do that in Colorado. Any time we move, we take all our shit with us. None of that changes. What I want is quality of life, a smaller city, and less pollution. That’s why I moved to Denver nearly fifty years ago. Will I miss my friends? Of course. However, the tradeoffs for me, at this point in my life, are worth it. I’d been looking at Boise for a long time, for the reasons listed. I’m not fool enough to think that life is going to suddenly get better emotionally. However, giving up the pollution, the traffic jams, well, yah. I grew up on acreage, on a farm. That’s who I am. I can finally give that gift to myself. Not all of us can say that, and if that costs me a certain price, I am willing to pay it. Not the least of reasons is that I can bank much-needed cash i the process. These are not small decisions, nor are they immediate. I began this process last year, and starting my research in earnest, beginning with Santa Fe. Any major move like this is huge. I gave Colorado my entire adult life, with just a few brief stints elsewhere, but I kept my bank and my relationships because I always came back. It’s time to move. These are hard decisions at this age, but then again, so is heading solo overseas several times a year. I do that too. As much as I love my house, and I do, believe me, I want to go out surrounded by green, maybe a pond, definitely mountains. Unless I expire on one of my trips, which wouldn’t be such a bad thing either! Thanks for your comments. I will keep all posted as things develop. It’s all fodder for discussion, and as with all things, if I’m not meant to move, then by god the Universe will keep me planted where I am. Who knows.

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