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post #21 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is it heat, humidity or the combination.
I would say all three. Even dry heat exhausts me, but the humidity is also a killer. A comfortable temperature for me is between 60-70 degrees. 80s is starting to get too hot for any sort of physical activity, and 90s is killer unless there is a swimming pool nearby. Well, until about 95. Triple digits and I'm out, pool or no pool. You add humidity to any of that, and I'm like a sweaty zombie. Kind of odd terminology, but it's true.

You'd think I'd get used to it over time, but nope.
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I understand perfectly. I never had a problem with heat or humidity until I had my son. Now I have to be careful about both and a mix of the two mean I am not outside unless I have to be. I still prefer warmer to cooler and can't take below 70 for long periods or above 90. I can't take either if humidity is really high. Hope you find a spot that works. I love a good thunderstorm unless I am driving through it. The worst I have seen are here on the coast.
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post #23 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 06:51 PM
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I am a native of Houston, so I was born with gills, lol!! I have lived 3 other places in Texas, and now Kentucky. I ADORE it here. I am 30 miles from great trails at Mammoth cave, a few hours from the Horse Park, a few hours from great trails in Tennessee, and we paid VERY LITTLE for our ranch. We had to build the barns, and do the fences, but that let us KNOW what the fences are.

I love the seasons here, as opposed to summer, and February in Texas. I vote for Kentucky.

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post #24 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 08:46 PM
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Just popping back in to say I LOVE hearing about everyone's states! You just can't get this kind of personal experience from google.
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post #25 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 08:51 PM
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I agree. So far, Kentucky seems to be in the lead.
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post #26 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 09:52 PM
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As much as I love where I live, with the OP's criteria, I think Kentucky may suit you best, too.
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post #27 of 32 Old 07-17-2014, 10:35 PM
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Kentucky might, indeed, make the most sense provided lucrative employment can be had.

That being said, here I go again, even though I am not trying to be a naysayer

If moving slightly east, SE, NE (from your current home) is what you decide, do some research on the regions near the New Madrid Fault Line.

That would be where the 1800-something earthquake hit, split the Mississippi River in two, caused it to run backward for several days, and is how Reel Foot Lake came to be

Meaning, I THINK in the last 8 or so years, some lending institutions (at least that's what I heard regarding West Tennessee) in that region might require earthquake insurance for homes within a certain distance of the New Madrid Fault Line.

It is actually a bigger belly ache than the San Andreas fault line, if it ever lets go again. The San Andreas fault line has a lot more activity, therefore more coverage.

I am sorry, please don't throw the steel toed barn boots at me, I just think it's better to know as much as possible before falling in love with a certain area, then a piece of property, and finding out all these "financial codicils" after the fact.

Also, in Kentucky, if that's where you end up looking, be sure to walk the entire property. Quite a few years ago, a friend of mine was X-ferred from GM Lordstown to the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, KY and bought 20 acres of alleged horse property. She drove down from upper Ohio and only looked at the front five or so acres and the house.

It was a pretty piece of property, it was really cheap, she bought it. Moved her horses on and soon discovered the back property was full of sink holes the real estate agent never disclosed. Dangerous sink holes where her horses were concered. Back then nothing could legally be done, she sold the property at a loss as it became useless for her equine needs.

Walk all of the property, wherever you look

Try really hard to stay out of the tornado zones too. You can Google that information once you hone in on areas of interest
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post #28 of 32 Old 07-18-2014, 10:43 AM
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They just expanded the EarthQuake danger zones and updated the maps to reflect the new likelihood of EQs across the U.S. You definitely want to consider that for insurance purposes as the pp said.
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post #29 of 32 Old 08-01-2014, 11:55 AM
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Upstate South Carolina. Golden Triangle area between Georgia and North Carolina. Land is not expensive. 4 seasons. Mild winters. It may snow...but rarely lasts more than a day on the ground. Long Springs and Falls. Hot summers, but we ride early in the morning, or go up in the mountains to ride. Lots of beautiful trails to ride in the foothills of the Blue Ride Mountains or Appalachians. We're on the Fall line, so there are lots of waterfalls. Tons of national or state parks or forests to ride in. It's a very "horsey" area with farriers and equine vets abounding. Low cost of living. Bisected by I-85 running between Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA. Greenville is particularly appealing as a place to live or just visit. Friendly people. Check it out.

Please note...do NOT equate our climate with Charleston. The Upstate is not the coast. Yes, it can get muggy in June, July and August, but nothing like the coast or Florida. We ride year round. Every. Single. Month.

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post #30 of 32 Old 08-02-2014, 11:11 AM
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We chose SW Utah for the following reasons.

Mild climate, 3600 feet with just a bit of snow but "real" snow is only 45 min away. July and August can be pretty warm but a 45 minute trailer ride gets us to 8000+ feet.

Majority of state is public lands with tens of thousands of acres of riding

Taxes are on the low side overall. IIRC we're 38 out of 50

Real-estate is affordable as is acreage and real estate taxes are low, especially on unimproved land.

People are nice, kind if a mid-west vibe of neighbor helping neighbor and no big city/back east hustle.

It's centrally located for travel.

Edit...no tornados, no earthquakes.....
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