by Whisky Alarm » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:19 pm
by colinr » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:33 am
by Alpinist » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:34 am
by Puma concolor » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:43 pm
by Sunny Buns » Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:52 am
by nickmech » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:01 am
by Whisky Alarm » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:24 pm
SeanReedy wrote:I can relate, but am fortunate that being far from the Sierra, southern Cascades, Trinities, and Death Valley area is 3-8 hours for me. The weather, redwoods, beaches, and steep coastal ranges within 10-45 minutes could be worse, too. Yes, a camper or well researched property could be a good idea depending on how your kids and wife would feel about it and how fully they would participate.
Are you sure you can't transfer/be given credit for most/all your years of service if you get a new teaching job? Do you love your job? Some rural places in CA near wilderness have good teacher pay compared to cost of living.
by Whisky Alarm » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:31 pm
Alpinist wrote:Since moving back to the Rockies is "not an option" due to your pension plan, you need to try and strike a balance between your career, family and wilderness trips. That's pretty much what everyone does who lives in a big city but loves the wilderness.
It starts with carefully planning your vacation time. Forget the summer home idea. That's just a money pit; mortgage, taxes, insurance, upkeep. You can rent a luxury mountain home for much less than that if you only vacation 2-3 weeks per year. Better yet, sleep in a tent! Plus, you won't be locked in to visiting the same place every time.
Compliment your western trips with shorter weekend trips closer to home. There are plenty of great places to hike and camp in the eastern mountain ranges.
by Whisky Alarm » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:39 pm
Puma concolor wrote:I don't do suggestions or advice but do have a few thoughts.
The Northeastern mountains are pretty fantastic if you have the right approach. You don't say where in the east you are from but it sounds like it might be the NE. If you really want to see what is possible in the Adirondacks, you might be interested in taking a look at the profile page of SP member MudRat, who has one of the most creative minds on this site. I agree that the popular trails in the summer aren't very wilderness-like but there are lots of obscure areas to be found as well as winter hiking/climbing. More often than not, I don't see another soul when I am in the Northeastern mountains just because I know what times and places to avoid.
When I go west, I go by myself. Love my family and love family vacations, but the mountains are my thing. Period. I will either meet up with other like-minded folks on my trips or hike/climb solo. Others involve their families in their travels. It's a personal preference type of thing, for sure, but you may find yourself with more possibilities if you are open to breaking away on your own.
Anyway, good look with it all. The lure of the wilderness is a powerful one.
by Whisky Alarm » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:48 pm
Sunny Buns wrote:What grade level and what subjects do you teach? I would find out if you can transfer your pension to another state. I think I've heard of that before, but I'm not in the teaching bidness.
Do consider this: the US and world economies are currently "shaky" at best. Some people are predicting ugly economic times in the near future (within weeks or a few years - noone knows the timing). If bad times come, would your 10 years in your job make it less likely to be on the layoff list? Also, if bad times come being in a city may not be advantageous, but noone knows what the possible bad times will look like, so who knows.......maybe some land that will grow food could be useful. In any event, maintain your skills for whatever job you have - keep up to date and make yourself better continuously - your ability to earn a living is very valuable. A Jim Rickards video:
I've heard of teachers selling real estate in the summer - not sure how easy it would be to break into that bidness, and you'd have to get a license in Colorado, but you might check into that if interested. At first you would not have a lot of knowledge of the local market.
You can find acreage in Colorado that is cheap - see Zillow.com and set the filters for vacant land in your price range. In the western US, always check availability of water (many folks out here haul water) and winter access (is road plowed?) before you buy - also check for nearby stock yards on Google Earth. Might use your new land as a basecamp for the summer. I don't think you'd need it though - just get a huge tent for car camping and travel from trailhead to trailhead or whatever you want to do...........you might get a job as a campground host at a Forest Service CG in the summer - not sure how hard those are to get, but I'll bet you can find out on Gooble.
There must be hiking clubs where you live - look for those.
by Whisky Alarm » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:49 pm
nickmech wrote:Sheesh! Call Dr. Phil.
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