When I moved here from Florida, where I worked for a large corporation, my commute to my job at Bald Head Realty was the exact same mileage as it had been in Clearwater - 12 miles. Wow... what a different 12 miles it was! The first few weeks after I arrived I would count the number of cars I passed on the way to work and email my old co-workers about it each morning. Needless to say, they were quite annoyed! It used to take me about 50 minutes to get to and from work in Florida - here it's just 15 minutes of curvy roads and beautiful scenery. Not concrete buildings and accidents.
Some people thought I was crazy to leave my great job with good benefits and 401k plan for an uncertain future in the boonies. If you're reading this, you probably have the same "crazy dream". Let me tell you... the tradeoff is worth it! The mountains have a way of calling us home. If you're like me, you won't have any regrets and you'll enjoy the ride!