It's now official...sort of. K and I will eventually be moving from Dallas to somewhere else, probably in Colorado. I've been telling her for years how wonderful the mountains are but I don't think it soaked in. Until now all she's known are the "flatlands" or the beach (California, Virginia, or Texas). Last month when we went to Aspen she realized I was right.
Our goal now is to work here a while longer, pay off everything we owe, I'll retire and she'll pursue an advanced certification in her HR field, which should open many doors for her and increase her professional portability. Then we're outta here. When we get "there" I'll work a bit to keep busy and for a few extra bucks, and we can live modestly but quite comfortably. We want off the rat-race treadmill.
On our next vacation we'll go back there and do some earnest scouting for places to live, site-specific cost-of-living numbers, employment opportunities, etc. I honestly think it's do-able.
Meanwhile work is waiting. Gotta go chase that dream. :)