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Where is the most perfect place to live?

Headlines 3 weeks ago said “Half the country wilts under unrelenting heat.”

The first week, I discussed north vs south and last week California.  But if you had just 1 place where would it be?  I think the first place that jumps out for year round living is, of course, California.

But what of other southern areas?

The Gulf Coast states–TX, Loisiana, MS, Alabama & Florida seem like good places to live.  Winters are great.  But the humidity in the summer is mind boggling.  I have not lived in FL but have visited there in both winter & summer.

I lived on Galveston Island in TX and loved it in the winter.  Very mild and the water temps keep the weather from getting too cold.  Once in awhile you get a cold front from the north, but the winds always turn southerly after a couple of days.

But what about the summer?  I certainly,coming from the north, couldn’t take it.   I had a brother-in-law who came from the north & lived in Houston over 30 years & he never got used to it.  Although the alternative, winter in the north, wasn’t an answer.  But he could afford to live north in the summer & winter in Houston and so he did.

However, people who are raised in the south don’t seem to be bothered by the heat as much.  But then. of course, they don’t sweat….they glisten!    I must say Galveston, being an island, is a lot cooler than inland & that is why people stream to the coastal areas of all the Gulf Coast states in the summer.  Usually there are ocean breezes that help but the dewpoint is always over 75 & you can sweat while being in your house with the AC on.  Of course, everyone has outdoor pools which also help some.  But I am used to water being refreshing & bathtub warm water in a pool doesn’t do much for me.  If you are going to the pool, evening seems to be the best choice.  Although once again, people who have lived there all their lives seem to adapt to the temps and don’t seem to mind them.  Even Floridians seem to take the warm summer temps in stride.

So I guess, we still don’t have an answer……..

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Where is the most perfect place to live?

Headlines 2 weeks ago said “Half the country wilts under unrelenting heat.” 

Last week I discussed north vs south.  But if you had just 1 place where would it be?  I think the first place that jumps out for year round living is California.

 But LA & San Francisco are expensive and very overcrowded. But what about San Diego? I like San Diego. It’s big but still retains a small town feeling. The hills around the city are lush and the temperature is very moderate year round so plants and shrubs flower almost continuously. But will tidal waves wipe out the city if the “big one” hits? And, of course, taxes are horrendous. Perhaps home prices have fallen some with the downturn in the economy but they have always been pricey in this area. Nevertheless, there is a lot to like about San Diego. The zoo is one of the finest in the world and over 15 museums line the streets of Balboa Park which includes the zoo. And then there is SeaWorld which is also a big attraction. In the winter you can take a cruise from the downtown docks out to see the whales that migrate between Mexico and the Northwestern states. And, the airport is right downtown and near there is “Old Town” with many restaurants as well as historic buildings and museums depicting life from 1821 to 1872. If you’re looking for something free, the beach is always available with the ocean waves rolling in. They even have a “doggy beach” for the animal lovers. And one must not forget Coronado across the bridge from the downtown with the famous “Hotel Del.” I once had a chicken dinner at that hotel for only $55.00. It was the cheapest entree on the menu! California has a lot of parks, good weather, and many things to do. It is easy to see why people are attracted to this state. However, overcrowding and high taxes have to take a lot away from it, too.

What do you think?

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Where is the most perfect place to live?

Headlines last week said “Half the country wilts under unrelenting heat.”

I couldn’t help but wonder if there is “the” perfect place to live in the US.  I know Northerners like going south in the winter but you never hear about a big exodus from the south to the north in the summer.  I am sure some people do come north.  Personally I find it is easier to button up against the cold but there are only so many clothes you can take off.  And I have never been a big fan of “glistening” as the southern ladies refer to just plain old sweat!!!!

It almost seems the best idea would be to have 2 places–one south in the winter and one north in the summer.  But this is only an attainable goal for just a few people and not realistic for the rest of us.

So where is the perfect place to live?

Looking at the big map of the US hanging on the wall in my office, obviously the first place that comes to mind is southern California.  However, with the high taxes, budgetary problems, and over crowdedness that seems like a strike against that area.  And, of course, there is always the specter of the “big one” that is coming.  Could the Mojave Desert, the hottest desert in the world, actually become beach front property someday?  And, if it did, would that create a temperature change?
Ocean breezes across the desert….hhhhmmmmm!

More next week…..

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Kentucky has many caves, with the most famous– Mammoth– which is a National Park.  However there is one in Bowling Green which is also interesting.  It is called the Lost River Cave.  There is evidence of human habitation at this cave for over 10,000 years, something we don’t often associate with the US.

There is a lot of recent history also associated with the cave.  Both sides used it as a campsite during the Cvil War, and it was a hiding place for the outlaw Jesse James (supposedly Jesse himself brought a local doctor to the cave to tend to one of his men who had been shot during a holdup).   In the 1930s it was a popular nightclub (& what a great place considering prohibition).

Today there is a 45 min underground boat tour of the cave that has a constant year round temperature of 56–can’t get much better considering the hot & humid temps in the summer in KY.

Sometime soon I hope to take the boat ride.  I was there in April when KY had a ton of rain.  All I could see was a little bit of the opening.  I was also there mid May.  The water was still too high for a boat ride because mother nature decided not to quit with the wet stuff this spring.  However the water was down enough to walk into the nightclub part.  I will be there again in July.   Hopefully I will finally get that anticipated underground boat ride in July.

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