Yesterday evening’s trip to the ER is definitely some kind of fluke anomaly. I had an adjustment this morning, and with the exception of a lingering headache, I’ve been completely normal all day. So, I have no idea the exact cause of the anomaly, but I’m glad I’m healthy and I now know that for certain.
Since today is going as well as the last several have, I thought I’d write a little about my thoughts on the location of Atira.
It’s been on my mind a lot lately, one of many aspects of Atira I’ve been considering as I gain positive thought momentum. Essentially, I’ve been taking elements of our original dream and picking at them to see if they still resonate and seem valid. This means that I’m really just solidifying what it is that I want. So for this moment I’m detailing the location and land desires.
What Nathan and I have always envisioned is large acreage: approximately 300 acres give or take a little bit. This choice is based on land that we’ve been on ranging from 7 acres to 35 acres to 280 acres. Out of the different places we’ve been we like the bigger properties better when thinking about building Atira. It allows for the most flexibility in property planning, but also means that we could spread things out to allow for nature to be present all around the different parts of Atira, something we feel strongly about. We want to build around natural elements with minimal cutting of vegetation.
Beyond that we’ve always seen and felt that Atira was near mountains. Close enough to see them (& get to them easily), but far enough out that there would be fewer steep grades, and ample crop acreage.
I have always desired that Atira be in a more liberal area. Focusing on openness and more accepting attitudes, as in one of the states that pioneered LGBT marriage. Along those lines are locations where cannabis is beginning to be legalized, which I’ve desired to capitalize on that as an investment and possible profit producer. It could potentially not just keep Atira afloat in the short term, but could potentially enable expansion and/or multiple locations in the long run. Essentially allowing for growth and more assistance to those that need it.
Nathan and I talked about being near the ocean, and though it would be nice, it’s less important to us.
I’ve thought about mountains in sunny climates, and that would be wonderful for my depression concerns. However, those climates don’t always have the draw for younger populations, tending to be snow bird retirees as the predominant populous, especially where spending money is concerned. My concern there is that the snow bird populous tends to be conservative and often has strong negative opinions toward any kind of welfare or charity programs. I think it would be counter productive to the goals of Atira to be surrounded by that mindset.
I have also thought of concerns regarding maximizing tourist base. If Atira was centrally located (or as close as possible to that) it would be an applicable tourist location for nearly all of the U.S. vs. Being on one cost or another would limit or reduce the reach Atira might have.
Finally, from my experiences I’ve decided it would be optimal to be about 30 min outside of a metro area, especially one with an airport. That puts the property far enough out to find peace and quiet, but close enough to have relatively easy access to all of the perks of a metro.
When putting all of these factors together I keep circling back to being in Colorado. We’ve really liked the idea of Washington state or Oregon for a long time, but the lack of tourist centrality makes those 2 states less desirable. I’ve also been informed that those two states tend to be very high cost of living (Colorado is high, but not as high). I’ve contemplated states like West Virginia, Kentucky, & the Carolinas, but from experience I know that they are conservative areas and also not cannnabis legal yet. I’ve contemplated New Mexico & even Hawaii & ruled them out for similar reasons, Hawii is the most tempting of the ruled out though, for obvious reasons. For now though my sights seem to be set on Colorado, I just keep circling back to it meeting nearly all of the goals/ideals we have listed. My biggest roadblock to committing to Colorado right now is that I’ve never been there, I have no idea where to start, and I don’t really know what’s available. So, I really just need to do more research before we commit to moving there anytime soon, or even not so soon.
It’s a start though. I really look forward to figuring things out and seeing the process unfold. For now, it seems I’m being told to get the family current passports. Hopefully that means an excellent exotic adventure vacation awaits us in the near future!