It’s snowing where I am. Yes, you read that right. The kids in the neighborhood are on Spring Break and it’s snowing right now. I’m watching it gently fall as I type this. That’s what I get for living in Ohio, right? I know, I know. And usually around this time every year, I try to talk my husband into moving out of state. The only problem is, we don’t know where to go. Setting aside the obvious economical issues of the day (crappy housing market, limited job possibilities, etc.), there are a great many things to consider. For example, my hubby and I actually did move to coastal Virginia after graduating college. We found jobs, got an apartment and for the most part, settled into the area. And there were several aspects of Virginian life that suited us, not the least of which was living within 20 minutes of the ocean. The weather was perfect – never too much below freezing in the winter and keeping the changing seasons. Since fall is my absolute favorite, I don’t know that I could live without it. But I also need hot summers. In fact, the hotter, the better. In those ways, Norfolk, VA delivered. What we didn’t care for was the rather extreme congestion of the area, the somewhat higher cost of living and the slight but significant cultural differences. I won’t get into detail but I will say that I never felt like I quite fit in with the people around me. For the first time in my life, I understood the differences between a “northerner” and a “southerner.”
So, we returned to Ohio and got new jobs and a house and six years later, here we still are. Not committed to staying, per se, but without a clear picture of where it is we’d like to go. We’ve traveled a bit in recent years and found things we’ve liked in several cities. I love Boston, for example, and my husband fell for San Francisco, which also impressed me. But the outrageous cost of living there keeps me grounded in reality. We both enjoyed Seattle and plan to return for an extended visit as soon as time and means permit. We had a blast in Moab and the two Portlands, Oregon and Maine. Vermont’s lush vegetation took my breath away and Sacramento’s sunshine made it hard to leave. I didn’t see nearly enough of Colorado – both it and the Black Hills of South Dakota have been calling my name for too long.
All things considered, I don’t think I’m suited for the South or the cold Midwestern states (North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin) but the Pacific Northwest, California, Colorado, and the New England states seem like real possibilities. I’ve never been to Arizona or New Mexico but I don’t know that my husband would like the extreme summer heat. So, today I offer you a poll. Click on the place you think is most suitable for us given all I’ve mentioned above (assuming we’d be able to find jobs, that is) and if you’d like, leave your reasons in the comments below. Feel free to be specific; on this fine, snowy spring day, I’m open to suggestions.