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Where is Home? Apparently, Lancaster County.....

I was 19-years-old and one of my friends and I packed our bicycles into a van and headed to York, Pennsylvania where one of our co-workers had recently taken a new job. We were going to visit him and to pedal around the lush countryside of Lancaster County.  While there, I found myself enamored of York's "European" charm, older architecture, size, and proximity to large East coast cities and the ocean.  Yet, unlike Philly or NYC, York was a relatively small city.  I was intrigued during my three day stay.  It seemed like a perfect place to move and plant roots.   It's been almost 20 years, though, and I've never been back.

It seems many people are still smitten by Lancaster County's rural amenities.  Of course whenever anyplace gets too popular the very qualities that people moved to escape replicate.  Still, the lure of Lancaster County appears strong to this day.   The Lancaster newspaper calls them "Shoofly migrants" - clever moniker - after the region's decadent pie.

The article is a thought-provoking piece on what makes home home and how the urge to roam is as American as shoofly pie.  I have often toyed with leaving southwest Ohio. For years, Portland, Maine (for some of the same reasons I liked York) was on my radar, as was Richmond, Virginia.  More recently, my trips to Tacoma intrigued me with it's beautiful backdrop tableau of snow-covered mountains and close-by sea.  But, yet here I remain: southwest Ohio....BORING.  I don't want to totally bash the Buckeye state, but there just isn't a ton of the rugged outdoorsy stuff that I love around here. I do have a portable job and could move anywhere I want, really.  I would miss my famiy greatly, but people with families move all the time and seem to survive.  Still, my Rachel is firmly planted like redwood here in Ohio so I'm likely not going anywhere anytime soon. So I satisfy my wanderlust through frequent travel...then I get the best of both worlds.  Have any of you made a big move and regretted it? Or vice-versa made a big move and were thrilled that you did?


In my years of many move's, there's no place like home.
I"ve lived in WI. for 5 years then in MD. for 13 years and now in VA for 8 years. But I will soon be back home again in a small valley in upstate NY.
It's good to see other state's but I sure do miss home and family.

to move or not to move.....

I do love Indiana. I remember when Mike Royko stirred up wratch when he wrote about how flat and boring Indiana is. Indiana does have its flat parts, but has lots of hilly areas, woodlands, and abundant trees. Water too. We have 4 distinct seasons ( Fall is magnificent) and are blessed with good soil. How can I dare complain? We all, I believe, get antsy for change from time to time and I am no exception. We have angst just talking about moving 30 miles away even though part of us would love to do something bold like that. If we did move, we would rent for a while to make sure it is what we want and then we could come back if we wanted. Don't you think that we could eventually take anything for granted?? I am drawn very much to the seaside also. As I told Carol somewhere on here, I had my heart set on moving to Maine to be by the sea for many years. The craggy coastline, sometimes with houses on cliffs, the thunderous waves crashing about the boulders, the cool breeze and smell of the water and things in it just did something to me inside I cannot explain. I belong there. Well, part of me does. The biggest part evidently belongs in Indiana. I also love certain areas on Lake Michigan.


I have never wanted to move from Washington State.  There is so much to do here - Mt. Rainier one direction the Ocean the other.  I"m only 1-2 hrs away from both.  You get use to the rain, that's why it's the Evergreen State - Pretty!  Boredom?  Only if you want to be.


Yes, this is home, and as quaint as it was 35 yrs ago it is bussel and hussel. as most towns are. But, oh ,each year after a visit, I dread the leaveing but have not had the stamina to return, rich in history,lore, friendly faces and the best produce and meats from the martins and twin farms can be had at eastern market. And for those who have to have the more moderen flair, [breakfeast at cindy's] your only 1 i/2 miles to the harley davison plant,then the other direction to the hanes shoes house tour and ice cream So as you go to my home town remember there is much adoo

re Portsmouth, NH


I was in Portsmouth, NH once in the late 80s...loved it!!! There were old, beautiful homes literally right across the street from the calm waters of the Atlantic...a very charming town/city! - Kevin


I know your feelings Kevin and have felt them myself. When my
husband and I first married, we thought that when we reach retirement
age we would love to go to the Florida Keys to live especially Key
West. Now grant it, this was 25 years ago. But the thought
of living in a year-round warm place where you can walk to
everything, have a 'colorful' lay-back town life was very
appealing to us. We would travel there every other year around
Christmas time while visiting my father (he lives in the Keys in the
winter) and kept the thought of retirement going. However as the
years pass the quaint town has changed. It is now a full blown tourist
trap with cruise ships coming into port every other day. The
'lay-back' attitude has also change into the make a quick buck
attitude. Even the cost of buying a home there is way out of our
league. There are so many 'transplants' (new to the area) to the point
that in their newspaper they refer to a person as a 'transplant' or
'native conch.' Don't get me wrong, we still love going there but
have rethought the retirement thing. I still enjoy the colorful people
and have learn to readjust what and when I go. But I don't think
I could live there year round anymore. Like Rachel, I am firmly
planted. Where I live now is also boring but it is home :-)


Doesn't seem too small these days, tho we only bypass, not enter.  As for Portland, ME------much smaller, I think, although So. Portland & Westbrook [on the edge of it]are kinda sprawly.  We do like Portland for the arts, & the Old Port, as one section is called, for its variety of quaint shops.  A little jewel we also like is Portsmouth, NH-----so small you might not call it a city, but we do.  CS

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