Sounds like a wonderful trip, has to be good for your mind, body, and soul. Even though I have been around the world, to many strange places, never been anywhere in the western part of the US except for San Francisco, and that was nearly 40 years ago.
I will atest, that home is where the heart is for sure. Western SC might not be my dream of dreams, but its been home for the past 16 years. Can be in the mountains in 30 minutes, lots of crystal clear mountain fed lakes, good trout fishing, fairly low crime, lower cost of living. Can be at the ocean in 3 plus hours, or in Atlanta/Charlotte in 90 minutes. Sometimes, its all about compromise.
The two places that stand out the most over time with me, as a kid spent a summer in Madrid Spain, and another one in Gibraltar.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.