Regional Culture Shock: Moving to the Mountains

Long Distance Moving to A New RegionIf you’re relocating to the Mountain areas in the United States, it helps if you like the outdoor life. The mountain areas are famed for their geography spikes – flat plains one minute, giant snow-capped mountains the next, and a variety of hills and dunes in between. And don’t be fooled into thinking that hiking, camping, and skiing dominates the outdoor activities in this area; hunters and fishers will also be at home in the Mountain areas. Thinner air and thicker boots will come into play, but the scenery alone may be worth it.

And speaking of scenery…

Moving to Colorado

…where we have some bad news to impart; despite the advertising, the Coors Brewing Company does not manufacture Coors Light beer in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. This has understandably upset many people; it’s like finding out that Jimmy Buffet was in Tucson when he wrote Margaritaville (he actually started it in Texas and finished it in Key West).

One can of course still purchase a Coors Lite in Colorado, and you may be tempted to take a pack with you when you go camping. If so, make sure to follow some simple best camping Moving to the Mountains -Moving to Coloradopractices, including inspecting the campsite before setting putting up a tent, keeping food stored properly, and keeping water and sand on hand for fires.

Why camping in Colorado? Because the weather is fantastic. This might be a surprise to anyone who associates Colorado with snow and mountains, but this is not the land of forever winter (that’s Vermont). Even during the height of winter, which one could easily imagine being spent in front of a fire, the Colorado weather can reach 75 degrees.

We know, mind blowing, right? It’s like moving to Hawaii and getting met by a blizzard.

Naturally, there are plenty of places to go skiing during the winter months, but if you’d rather stay indoors and watch other people be active, the state has professional sports teams in multiple leagues, including the Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rapids.

Moving to Utah

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Yes, the state has a lot of Mormons, and no, you can’t outrun them by skiing downhill. They’ll probably be waiting for you at the bottom, anyway.

Don’t believe the hype that Utah is boring because Mormonism is so widespread in Utah. The state boasts big cities and something called the Crown Burger that features Thousand Island dressing and pastrami. Any place with that kind of culinary genius has to be cool.

Moving to Montana

Referred to as the Treasure State, mostly because Grizzly Bear State and Beef State don’t look good on a greeting card. Still, Treasure State might be a confusing term, especially for anyone that associates the word “treasure” with the word “pirate.” It would be like Oklahoma referring to itself as the “Luau State.”

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Montana boasts the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states, but that doesn’t mean you’ll open your front door and find one going through your garbage. Just don’t try to entice any bears with picnic baskets; they all think Yogi Bear is a tool.

Beef State sounds moderately better, be it cow or bison burgers. Montana boasts the most diverse collection of mammals in the U.S. and they all go well with any side dish.

Moving to Idaho

Certain features spring to mind when thinking about Idaho, mostly involving potatoes. If you’ve never traveled there, it may be tempting to think of the state as one big potato field. Moving to the Mountains - Moving to Idaho

This would, of course, be inaccurate.

The state features a surprising mix of cultures, many of whom take the concept of personal liberties quite seriously. Also, the state still earns the nickname the Gem State: jewels like garnets, jasper, opal, and jade all get mined in the state, giving new residents the opportunity to tell their out-of-state friends they’ve got a better chance of finding jewels in the soil then they do.

Idaho does feature a plethora of outdoor activities and scenic vistas beyond the potato fields, but it might surprise one to learn the state has a thriving trout fishing field.

Moving to Nevada

Moving to Nevada | Moving to Las VegasIt’s been said Nevada has three primary industries: mining, gambling, and nuclear weapons testing. The third industry used to be “desert combing,” but it just couldn’t compete with atomic bombs.

It’s anyone’s guess as to which of those industries has the biggest cultural draw, but nothing says “Made in America” like going gambling with what you found in a mine and enjoying your winnings in the glow of a mushroom cloud.

Kidding. The nuclear test sites will be marked off and the gambling can be found just about anywhere in the state.

The state also has a rich fascination with space aliens and UFOs. Being the home of Area 51, it will not be uncommon to find statues and figures of little green men and other intergalactic explorers throughout the state. Please don’t make any jokes about probing; everyone’s already heard them, and they were only mildly amusing the first time.

Moving to Wyoming Moving to the Mountains - Moving to Wyoming

All the Mountain region states share multiple features: fine views, great outdoor opportunities, and the sense of wide-open spaces. But while each Mountain state offers them, Wyoming seems especially suited to showcasing those features.

With its largest city serving as the living area for 62,000 residents, Wyoming makes great use of the state’s geography, encouraging residents to get away from the urban environment and take advantage of one of the cleanest and healthiest states in the country. Of course, that doesn’t mean the state doesn’t offer anything for the younger residents; the city of Cheyenne serves as a social and dining hotspot and that’s not going away anytime soon.

Upon arriving to Wyoming, you may be tempted to try the delicacy known as Rocky Mountain oysters. If so, please keep in mind the oysters in question started out as cattle testicles and probably only came into contact with water when the cow that previously owned them was swimming or being bathed.


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