How Far Is Your City From the Mountains?

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    May 22, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    People who live in NYC talk about "going to the country" during warm weather. Upstate NY, New England, Penn, New Jersey etc.

    How far do you have to go to get back to nature and be with the crickets and fireflys??

    Right now I am in the Berkshire Mts in MA ( Great Barrington) staying with a friend at his beautiful B&B lodge. 3 hours drive from NYC. After working with him on a project, we went kayaking today and later a party.

    A few weeks ago I spend a weekend with another friend who has a house in the Catskills Mts. in Woodstock NY. Incredible. 3 hours driving from the city.

    Do you have a weekend house in the country ( not at the beach) for the summer? Or are mountains in your city?icon_eek.gif
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    May 22, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    You mean to tell me the ground actually elevates more than 10 feet above sea level in some places?
    *scratches head*
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    May 23, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    I think it only takes me like 20-30 minutes to get to sabino cayon from where I live and maybe 45 minutes to get to the base of mount lemon,but I rather go to the white mountains instead and that takes 5 hours.

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    May 23, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    I'm in a town of less than 1000 population.
    There are National Forest boundaries less than 15 miles on dirt roads.
    Roadless Wilderness boundaries less than 20 miles away.

    Traffic light / movie theater / fast food? 75 miles
    Mall? 200 miles
    Gay Bar? in another state
    Ocean? 1000+ miles
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    May 23, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    I can see the mtns from where I live. Due to traffic, red lights, and stop signs, it takes about 30-45 minutes to drive to the mtns.
    There is a monodock mtn with a state park near by. It is great for a quick fix!!
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    May 23, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    Mountains? Hmmm, I grew up in Indiana (Southern Indiana has hills), and have lived in Philadelphia (climb the steps of the museum like Rocky did), Southern California (San Bernardino Mountains), France (could see Mont Blanc from my balcony... between two other buildings), New York City (try the Rambles in Central Park), San Francsico (Twin Peaks), and now Orlando... which has Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain.
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    Just spent five weeks in Utah surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Wow... Awesome hiking there with the local men's group.
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    May 23, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    Uh it's like 45 minutes or an hour from San Diego to "the mountains". Don't think they count, though I think they are by elevation's definition.
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    May 23, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidUh it's like 45 minutes or an hour from San Diego to "the mountains". Don't think they count, though I think they are by elevation's definition.
    Me too! but actually the Laguna Mountains in particular the Cleveland National forest (where I go camping sometimes) is over 5000 ft and a little higher than Denver believe it or not
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    May 23, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
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    Ciarsolo saidUh it's like 45 minutes or an hour from San Diego to "the mountains". Don't think they count, though I think they are by elevation's definition.
    Me too! but actually the Laguna Mountains in particular the Cleveland National forest (where I go camping sometimes) is over 5000 ft and a little higher than Denver believe it or not


    I think I went camping there when I was little. Felt foresty and not very mountainey icon_razz.gif
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    May 23, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    30 minutes and I can be right by mountains.
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    May 23, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    ActiveAndFit said
    Ciarsolo saidUh it's like 45 minutes or an hour from San Diego to "the mountains". Don't think they count, though I think they are by elevation's definition.
    Me too! but actually the Laguna Mountains in particular the Cleveland National forest (where I go camping sometimes) is over 5000 ft and a little higher than Denver believe it or not


    I think I went camping there when I was little. Felt foresty and not very mountainey icon_razz.gif
    Sometimes it is hard to see the mountain for the trees!icon_lol.gif

    It depends on where you go there because it has plateaus. But if you can find certain views like near the burnt rancheria campground near the pacific crest trail .. at one peak, you can see all the way to the salton sea out in the desert. Some of the mountains here are not as "foresty" as the east coast, but certainly around lake tahoe there are spectacular views of high peaks and steep drops into the lake.
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    May 23, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    Yeah I was 10 or 11 when I went...I'm sure I remember it all incorrectly anyway icon_razz.gif
  • Timbales

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    May 23, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    I can be in 'the country' in about 15 minutes. I can be in the 'daks in about an hour and a half.
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    May 23, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    I'm 10 minutes from the White Mountains. Love it!
  • ArmsandLegs

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    May 23, 2010 4:30 AM GMT
    It's about a 10 minute bike ride to the foothills and a 30 minute drive to the mountains.
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    May 23, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    KissingPro saidPeople who live in NYC talk about "going to the coutry" during warm weather. Upstate NY, New England, Penn, New Jersey etc.

    How far do you have to go to get back to nature and be with the crickets and fireflys??[...]



    I live in NYC (Queens). We have fireflies and crickets during their seasons. There are also racoons in the neighborhood (I saw a couple of racoons humping on a roof a couple weeks ago too). The other day I got out of the subway (5 AM, before sunrise) and the various types of birds were chirping so loud that it was as though I was out in the country. As for mountains- none in the immediate vicinity.
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    May 23, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
    I live in North Dakota, so whatever we call mountains don't really deserve the name. I do live in the Badlands, so I'm surrounded by great scenery.

    My town is quite remote and wasn't even listed as an option for where I clicked on my city. I can be in the country in a few minutes if I walk...even faster if I drive.

    I've done city living (Minot, ND) and I hated it after a few days. I had some job offers this year to teach in two different large cities. The jobs would have been dream jobs...except for the city part. I'll stick to my small town, despite its limitations.
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    May 23, 2010 7:23 AM GMT
    I live in the North Phoenix area and I have a partial view of North Mountain from my balcony. It takes me about 7 minutes to drive there. I can get to the McDowells relatively quickly also. I want to eventually get a summer place somewhere in the White Mountains.
  • calibro

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    May 23, 2010 9:00 AM GMT
    missoula is nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains
  • Nayro

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    May 23, 2010 12:32 PM GMT
    we have no mountains in Holland icon_sad.gif
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    May 23, 2010 12:48 PM GMT
    Interesting topic.

    My partner and I own a home that sits on 30 acres and is built on the side of a mountain (approx 1500 ft. elevation). We live in the foothills of the Catskill Mtns., exactly 100 miles door-to-door from our NYC apt. to the house. It's spectacular, and is the perfect weekend getaway.
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    May 23, 2010 1:44 PM GMT
    Northern Idaho is nearly all mountains. I love it.

    Our cabin is about 1.5 hours away on the top of a mountain. Goin up for memorial day to open 'er up for the season, which lasts until November.
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    May 23, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    Houston is flat as a pancake and barely above sea level. The only change in topography is created by freeway overpasses.
    The nearest mountains are hundreds of miles away.
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    May 23, 2010 1:51 PM GMT
    I grew up in this area.
    I have to drive 4 hours now to get to it.
    It's paradise
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    May 23, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    Colorado Springs, baby---5 minutes from the Garden of the Gods!