“In order to learn the most important lessons of life, one must each day surmount a fear.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Major life changes always require one to live on their personal edge. I am relearning this lesson now, as my husband and I prepare to move to a new and quite different part of Colorado. We have chosen a major lifestyle change as we consider retirement.
Our life now is what I have come to call “metro-fied.” We live in a major metropolitan area with 114 people/square mile, where ever increasing crowding, pollution, traffic and aggressive behavior is the norm.
As numerous national magazines continue to identify Fort Collins as one of the best places to retire, we can hardly wait to leave!
This prompted my husband to begin a search for inexpensive land in Colorado with incredible views. He happened on to the area west of Walsenburg, Colorado, in the foothills near a lovely small town called La Veta. We’ve taken a few trips down there, and on this last one we chose a lot to purchase. It looks like we will be moving this summer!
I am one who does not make decisions lightly, especially ones like this. I know that I am tired of living in the city where air and light pollution are the norm, traffic jams are a way of life, and the anonymity of overcrowding leads to ever increasing incidents of violence.
In contrast, Huerfano county in southern Colorado has only 4 people per square mile. There we have found a friendly, caring sense of community, median age 51.
At lunch the other day, we walked into the Next Door Deli and met no less than five people who were happy to share their experience of moving to or living in La Veta. The owner was actually from Fort Collins, and the Reuben sandwich I had was the best ever!
The three acres we chose are at around 7,000 feet with views of mountains in three directions. Here’s the view from our future south-facing solar home:
These two mountains are called the Spanish Peaks. Quite an improvement over looking at the house across the street, we think.
Yes, I can see that it will take a lot of energy and courage for me to move on, but at this point I can’t wait! If not now, when?