Originally Posted by Canyonlands
My wife is a teacher. A great one at that I must say but she gets that lovely break every year and we've always taken advantage of it. We go do something off the hook every year. In 04 we bicycled on our own from Snowbasin (where we lived) to Denver, 980 miles back and forth across the mountains. In 05 we bicycled from Burlington VT to Bar Harbor ME and back in a big circle of about 1,000 miles. In 06 we flew to Zurich and spent a month bicycling through the Swiss Alps. In 07 we dropped into Alaska and bicycled through remote places where there was virtually nothing for days, except jaw dropping beauty and a grizzly or two. In 08 I retired at 42 from the USAF and we said what the hay, and we moved to the Vail Valley. It was one of the only places we could find that met all of our "Dream Location Criteria", which actually didn't include skiing but mountains were way up there on the list. In 09 we backpacked 110 miles around the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc, a walk that included 37,000 ft of elevation gain. We're just starting to think of what we might do for 2010. So much to do.
You never know what the near future will hold or what it won't. There's no certainty that you or I will even live past tomorrow. Figure out what there is out there that you really want to do and get it done. Once your finished, reevaluate and repeat. For some reason I got into this routine at an early age and I could have died long ago with a smile on my face. After all, I moved to the beaches of South FL to attend college.
At 44 it seems like I've lived 100 years. I'm shooting for 150.
Whoa, I'm your same age...and still have 18 years of work in front of me before even thinking to retire (if they keep changing laws here, it will be even longer). Many of us think that we will not outlive our workdays...
As for moving to the mountains..I entertained that idea back in 2004 but lack of money for the plan, two sons, a mortgage still to pay on an house I don't live into, lawyers to be paid...made me stay where I am...
I am of the inclination of those who said to the OP :"do what you plan, then make it work once there"
I look with envy to any of you who did it, whatever that particular "did" is. The only thing I object to are discourses of the
type "If there's wil , there's a way". I grew up with that idea inculcated into my mind, until an army doctor put an end to
my plans, the blow he delivered was so total, so final that nearly annihilated me. I'm still paying the consequences of that.20 years later a heart surgeon finished the "work". So, do it, be happy, take your risks, get the rewards. But don't preach (this sentence is not intended to anyone in particular, it's a general statement).
Paradoxally..my current job allows me a certain degree of tele.commuting...So potentially I could move, at least part time, to the mountains and work from there. If not for that damn mortgage...In the meantime, I'm working on GF to make her a ski addicted...After that...we shall see what we shall see.