Tuesday, April 01, 2008

All The Way To Reno


We're moving west. 2,556 miles west, to be exact. That's the distance from Frederick, MD to Reno, NV.

This move is something we've wanted to do for years, even before we were married. There's an obvious connection with Ladycub's parents having retired out there over 15 years ago, but it goes beyond that. (BTW, it was LC's invitation to join her in visiting her folks later that year that got our relationship started for good!)

Why are we doing this?

We love the wide-open feeling of being out there. The mountains surrounding every side of the Reno-Sparks area is a sight to behold. It makes what we call mountains to the west of us seem like pimples.

Lake Tahoe, one of our favorite places on Earth, is barely an hour away.

There's no state income tax in Nevada, nor any tax on retirement benefits.

It's not California.

The sun shines over 300 days a year, and on many winter days we can get away with wearing sweatshirts. But the climate is not nearly as extreme as Las Vegas; a summer day could have a high of 90 and a low of 47. (Vegas, BTW, is 420 miles to the south. And it's in the same state!)

There's just about no humidity.

If we don't do it now, we may never do so, and then go to our graves wondering "If only . . ."

And did I mention it's not California?

So, we're in the process of getting our house ready to put on the market. As we're getting our house painted, we've discovered just how much carp we've acquired. We've kept the recycling center, Goodwill, Freecycle, and the local e-waste place rather busy. And we STILL have boxes of stuff to be dealt with.

We plan to sell off most of our furniture so that we don't have to lug that across the country, and get new (or, more likely, used) stuff out there.

When is this going to happen? We'll know better when we get the house on the market . . . and under contract. Stay tuned.

6 comments:

Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

WOWOWOW!

Yes, it's NOT California!

I don't think I have ever been to Reno, even while I lived in UT. Couldn't even point to Reno on a map if you asked me to!
Congratulations, and good luck in getting your house sold!

And, when you drive down to visit your big bro, you will have to let me know and we can have a peep meet!

Big Sis said...

Didn't know you two were into fish... "discovered just how much *carp* we've acquired" :-)
Happy painting and packing!

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

*Sigh*. I can do no humidity. Bet you'll miss the crabs and the O's though.

Also, I tagged you for a meme. (And I tagged LadyCub as well.)

arkie said...

How exciting for you and LC!

Cygnus said...

Thanks, Arkie!

(Wow, an Arkie sighting! Can I put you back on my blogroll?)

arkie said...

Yes, you can.

I just posted something, that I would like your input on, please.