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Zenia    Posted 01-30-2005 at 11:30:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm back from a two week business trip up the coast. The north coast, and northern California mountain areas are some of the most beautiful places on the planet. When people think of California, they think Holloywood, LA, San Francisco, expensive and overcrowded places to live. Oh yeah, and they think fruits, nuts & flakes ; ).

But the north coast is so wonderful. I used to live there, near Del Norte county, at the edge of a prairie with a resident herd of elk. I worked on a ranch, and did trail maintenance for the State parks. Some weeks in the winter I would go 2 - 3 days without seeing/ talking to anyone and I was at complete peace with it.

I brought my boys & babysitter along this trip. We went to Mendocino for a few days, then up to Arcata/ Eureka/ Crescent City for the rest of the trip, then back through Weaverville. It was awesome! So beautiful! I kept thinking, why the heck am I living outside of Sacramento??? I'd take a 1/2 cut in pay to live up there, what I would lose in salary would be made up for in quality of life. I am seriously considering making the move. I have 15 years in my current position, and am topped out as far as promotions unless I went into upper management and that has zero appeal. I earn a very good salary but I am thinking I may shoot for 20 years, then retire at age 47 and do something else. I would collect a tiny pension, or I could have my annuity frozen until I turn 56. I am scared to death of being poor in my old age though, and I have only myself to count on. I sure would not saddle my kids with caring for me. I hope to continue to save money for them for college.

I still have this silly dream of raising milk goats. There is a market for the milk up there, but it's a barely break even backbreaking life.

A lot to think about... I can dream... I might make it a reality and get out of these suffocating burbs. I feel half dead here sometimes. The trip was lovely until the outer limits of Sacramento, where the traffic turned ugly. In Arcata, at a 4 way stop sign the driver to the right waved me on even with a smile though he had right of way. In Sacramento, you risk your life on the freeway, there are multiple accidents - EVERY single day.

vabill    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:55:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
zenia, my daughter & grandson lives in eureka. she loves it, says she will never move. theres no work except for the colleges or the county & state. house & land prices go up seems like daily. but it is really beautiful. not as nice as virginny but ok. bill

MikeT    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:01:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are your finances such that you could buy a few acres and put a mobil home on the property? Use it as a weekend get-away. Will do wonders for your soul! Later, you could build a home on it or at least be more familiar with the area and know where better to buy.

To retire comfortably, you will need to have saved up at least 12X your current salary or preferably 15X (and have good investments, no debt, and good health insurance).

big fred    Posted 01-30-2005 at 11:54:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I gotta agree, livin' in Jefferson would be pretty nice. Unfortunately until it manages to split off from California, it's gotta carry an awful lot of unwanted baggage.

Smitty of Cal    Posted 01-30-2005 at 11:35:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Zenia, check out Plumas or Lassen Counties they are still rural.

REt    Posted 01-30-2005 at 13:19:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Smitty,, my stepson had a place built in Plumas county, out of Quincy, with relatives in Susanville. That is indeed beautiful country, but unless you are working for the state or are retired, it is no place to make a living. Jobs are next to none. Mills have really shut down down in that area. That is why he went on active duty, he was starving up there. I have spent a lot of time in the area Zinia visited. Best crop up in that area is pot. sure is pretty up there though. Climbed many a mountain in that area on my motorcycle back in the 80s Wonderful memories.

Battleborn    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:00:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are jobs in Susanville, if you don't mind working for the prison. They also have a new hospital. You could also commute to Reno from Quincy or Susanville.
That's a nice area, but I prefer the other side of the border for political reasons.

deadcarp    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:20:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
there used to be premium prices in california - that still true? it drove drifters to oregon.

ret    Posted 01-30-2005 at 14:44:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC, you can bet the prices are still premium. I keep in contact with friends I had in my neighborhood in the bay area. The home I sold for $307X in 99 is now going for $570X. Out of sight
You can get away from it all and go up in the mountains, where land is reasonable, but there is no work.

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