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Lessmore

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Posted: 02/08/14 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been thinking about why I live where I do....and why I've stayed for the most part for essentially all my life.

Nothing profound....just examining why.

As we all know, no place is perfect. There are positives and negatives to every site.

I live in an area where we experience severe winter from the end of October, early November till late March/early April. The snow does not melt much during the winter, it just piles up and up...till the spring. Right now in parts of my property it is about 4 to 5 feet deep.

There will be more winter storms, more wind induced snow drifts to come. Of this I am confident.

Since the first week of December it's been constant lows of -20 to -38....the highs aren't much better. This is not unusual for my area of North America.

When it's this cold...I'm not much for going outside.

I've lived here...or in another similarly cold area all my life.

Now that I'm in my 60's I ask myself...why am I still here ?


Why not move to a milder climate ?


Well because this is where my family and friends live.

Also the spring, summer and fall are wonderful out here.

Another thing is location, location, location as the real estate guys are wont to say.

I'm located about 2 hours...by car... from the southern Boreal forest...1.5 hours from the Canadian Shield...and I'm smack dab in the extreme end of the northern Great Plains. The variability in beauty, wild life is exceptional and all these magnificent places to go are so close.

If you're a natural science buff, avid photographer and outdoorsman like me...it's hard to beat being so close to three different geographical areas.

I've seen ( and in some too few cases photographed) moose, elk, wolves, black bear, wolverine, fishers, river otters, coyotes, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Barred, Great Horned, Snowy and the largest owl world wide...the Great Gray Owl. This is just a partial listing.

I've seen these animals in their natural habitant...not in zoos. There is something exciting for me to walk along a forest trail or drift along a lake shore (freighter canoe) and come across wildlife unexpectedly.

So, when I look at the overall picture, I think living where I do...in such a cold area.... generally is more positive than negative.

One thing would make it better...I wish the winter was say...2-3 months long rather than 5 1/2 months long.

But I guess in life you can't have it all. [emoticon]

So why do you live where you do ?

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I was moved here by the Military, Retired from the military found a good job, kids all like the schools here, wife had a great job. So here we stayed.
We were both born & raised in the north. OH, we like it here.





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I live in the house that my grandfather built and I grew up in. While not quite as cold as Lessmore's, we see our share of cold and snow. Rest of the year the fishing is great so I'll stay. Besides the children and grandchildren all all nearby.

However, that doesn't stop me from long term trips away from the weather. Right now I'm into an 8 week sojourn into the not warm warmth of Florida.

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Why? Mostly because I'm a yank. I've got access to some of the best education, medical care, history, culture, entertainment, nature, and job opportunity in the world. Although not as extreme as the OP, we have bad winters that can be followed by bad springs and summers. We also have some of the most beautiful weather in the world-nothing brings you alive more than a 20 degree day, crystal blue sky, and a foot of new-fallen snow. Foliage is the best in the country. Family is here and that's the most important.


Subscribe to the 3 "L" rule-don't stop livin', lovin' and learnin'

RV-less for now but our spirits are still on the open road.

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Reading Bill's post reminded me of another reason why people stay where they are....careers.

Same here. I had a good career, I was happy, the money was good and the work challenging and fulfilling. What more could you ask.

I also forgot...as mentioned by Bill....fishing. I used to be a devoted fisherman...catch and release...used de-barbed hooks...a provincial requirement....good one too, when I think about it.

Before I had some nerve issues in my arm I used to love fly fishing...but for Northern Pike, not the usual trout.

Trout aren't too common around here, but big, tackle busting Northern Pike are and some of the most thrilling experiences I've had is catching a big pike on a red and white barracuda wet fly. These flies are sort of the red devil lures of the fly world and ardent freshwater fisherman all know how a pike seems to react to a red devil spoon.

I'm thinking of trying fly fishing again this year....casting with my other arm. I've got some nice, cold, deep Canadian Shield lakes in mind to try my piscatorial luck.

* This post was edited 02/08/14 11:04am by Lessmore *

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Apparently, I'm willing to give up quite a bit in order to have a short/mild winter. I never could handle the cold/snow/ice. But, I'm OK with the short hot summer.
Texas is a big state. I was born/raised in the upper Rio Grande valley, about 20 miles down river from El Paso. Right now, I'm still in Texas,....750 miles from El Paso!


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Grew up in UT/WY
Went in NAVY
Got out of NAVY in So. CA
Went to college in So. CA.
Meet a SO. CA. girl....married/kids/good paying job
Divorced.....Kids/good paying job
Retired......hit the road
Bought house in AZ..came off road. Liked the diversity of area.


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I was born close to where I now live. I joined the Navy in 1945 and lived all over the country during my 32 years in the Navy. I retired in Florida and lived there for over 20 years. The humidity in the summer and the hurricanes finally made me move away from there. I returned to my roots and will probably be planted here. It is a nice area,, not an extra large city, but large enough to have everything you need. Medical, shopping, hunting, fishing, etc.


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We are retired and could move anywhere we wanted. I've thought about moving to the "ideal" location but can't figure out where it is that that we want to move to. There are pluses and minuses everywhere - for Lessmore the plus is the variety of natural beauty that he has and the minus is 6 months of winter.

The other hindrance to moving is that we are very happy with the house we have which has a wonderful location next to a county park.

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For me its mostly a sentimental attachment to my great-grandfather's farm. He moved there and bought the place during the last of the great depression, and he carved out a life there with no utilities or running water for the first years. My mother grew up on it. I partially grew up on it, and I can not part with it. When I got old enough to work I helped keep the place up and he left it to me. My wife is from the Desert of So Cal, Her parents left Oklahoma during the dust bowl/depression and carved out a life in Bakersfield and then sold out and moved back here when they grew older. When they got sick she sold her practice in Bakersfield and moved back here to take care of them and when they passed they left her 2 homes and another farm. Then she started teaching school, Spanish, math, History ect. She was my sons teacher and that's how we met. So she fell in love with the Country, lakes, rivers, and wildlife. And we both enjoy the lower cost of living and the lowest taxes in the country. But when we went to visit her family last May 2013 I discovered this whole new world out west. I feel like I left Part of me in Cambria Ca, Cayucos, Montana De Orro, Pismo, Avila beach ect. I enjoyed the Grand Canyon so much that there has not been a day since then that I have not looked at a picture of AZ and the Grand Canyon. I even went online and bought a place there. I went back in November and it was a breathtaking experience that words cannot describe. I'm trying to stay on topic here lol. So its like I'm ripping at the seams sometimes. Its hard for me to work or even think straight because I love the Desert and Canyon and Ocean so much. But I am here in Oklahoma because its the only home Ive ever known. Im getting my ducks in a row now where I can maybe enjoy the best of both worlds in the near future. If I ever leave Oklahoma it will be for AZ and So Cal. But I want Tracy to be happy so this will be our home base.


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