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"Doesn't get much better than Colorado"


Doesn't get much better than Colorado - 10/12/2009
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Bp
Westminster, CO

I came out West on a fast horse named Dreaming. I was uncomfortable in my own skin back then, American Indian on one side (storytellers and sadly missing from the landscape by the time I arrived just after WWII ended) and Irish/Welsh/Scottish on the other, I wanted to escape the 60's and all the protests of Boston (my protests were with my family and not global or universal or so I thought) CO captured my fancy and kept it for 32 years; I lived in the high desert of the Grand Valley and adored the smell of sage before breakfast, cattle and horses scattered across my rented land (all 160 acres of it by the vast CO River); I took myself and my young son camping and 2 wheeling in my tiny VW bug, went on jeeps trails I shouldn'ta been on (people talked about where and how high they had seen me up in Battlement Mesa or wherever); I wanted the Old West, the familiar West of my NEngland television set and if I couldn't have that, I was going to recreate the passion all by my lonesome. I had bald eagles over my head daily eying my 16 cats (don't ask how I started with 1 and got to 16), I had good ol' boys and drunks and cowboys and gossips to contend with, afterall, I was a danged "Easterner" even if I was living by myself with no phone, no man and no gun, I was still "suspect" because, well, I was an East Coast lady. And alone. I weathered that storm. I learned about myself, gardening and how to make it on nothing, making "do" and in the end, after I thought they all hated me for being different, I came back with my now grown son and a gentleman from the gravel pit my "home" had become said "Oh, this place belonged to a gal we now call the Little Pioneer" and I practically cried. Colorado HAD understood my spirit afterall. They knew what I was doing there and they got me before I even "got me". I can write more profoundly about the West thanks to my life lessons learned in the sage and the rabbit brush, I couldn't or wouldn't be my "self" without those lean but richly rewarding experiences I couldn't have gotten in my living room, watching the Lone Ranger. I am a Little Pioneer, I own that, I think it defines all of us who come West with a big dream of finding or changing something within ourselves. The Real West exists if only in our hearts souls and in our intentions.

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Megan
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Stephan
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C
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Very High Cost of Living - 4/21/2014

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Sue
Fort Collins, CO

critters - 11/21/2013

Colorado is a great place to live if you love outdoors and/or prefer more cosmopolitan living. We have mountains, plains, even a little desert, plus cities like Denver and Colorado Springs. We have suffered some growing pains with lots of people moving in from other states - more crowded highways, more crowds in general, more encroachment on open land, etc. The biggest problems come from folks who want Colorado to be like their "old places". So, a word of caution. If you don't want wild life in your yard, Colorado may not be the best place for you. You will want to educate yourself about wild life, since foxes, racoons, coyotes, deer and the occasional bear, cougar, skunk, elk or moose, do wander into more populated areas as their habitats shrink. Rabbits, mice, rats, squirrels and prairie dogs are just about everywhere. If you want to live in the country or up in the mountains, there will be wild life and they will come into your yard. Please choose a city or town to live in if you don't like how farming smells. It may not always smell wonderful, but we all like to eat. Horse and/or cattle operations may not be the best neighbors for folks with sensitive noses, either.

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Lisa
Englewood, CO

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The weather here is so incredibly changeable.... Nothing lasts long enough to get tiresome.

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Conrad Balll Middle School - 4/23/2013

Conrad ball needs to up the education of it's Middle schooler's!

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Patrick
Hammond, LA

Colorado tech jobs?? - 2/7/2013

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Rayma
Fountain, CO

Climate - 11/19/2012

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Michelle
Southgate, MI

Colorado I want to come - 11/8/2012

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Jennifer
Colorado Springs, CO

Looking to relocate - 7/31/2012

I have 3 boys and we have lived in colorado 4ever and I am ready to go.. I want to live somewhere with nice ppl, clean, with activities for children.. Does anyone know somewhere worth going to.. I need a great schools and low crime rate...

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Brian
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Moving - 11/26/2011

Wanting to move an need to know where to go in Colorado

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Letitia
Denver, CO

Diversity Abounds - 7/6/2011

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David
San Antonio, TX

Get out and enjoy the Outdoors - 6/1/2011

If you love to be active and enjoy the outdoors then Colorado will fit your fancy! If you love to experience a piece of every season then you will get this in Colorado! If you want to sit inside and watch TV then move to Texas!

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Gary
Parker, CO

Sunny - 4/5/2011

Denver is one of the sunniest places around. Sure, it has some cold winters, but the beauty of Colorado in the sunshine outweighs it by far!

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Corina
Loveland, CO

Getting ridiculus - 3/21/2011

I love living here because there are thousands of things to do. People are friendly and despite the lack of cultural diversity, there is a lot of new, exciting stuff to be seen. Public schools are great. But there is a huge problem with the costs of housing. I have lived about an hour away from Denver for my entire life, and I have seen costs of rent/mortgage go up in huge amounts every year. A medium size house (3bed,2 bath) is often more than 350,000 where I live, and it's not really even a big town. And that is average. A peice of land that isn't in a suburb is even more expensive. Expect to pay at least half a million for any small chunk of dirt that is available- usually an acre or two. If you have the funds for a home, or can opt for a single room apt., Northern co is amazing. I just don't personally feel that it is worth spending the $.

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