I may be retired military but my wife and I still work, and at the time of retirement, I lived in the best part of South Dakota, and still do. Back then Mom lived in Ft Myers, so we knew Florida. Wife didn’t like humidity.
It just worked out that four seasons has been right for us, and hobnobbing with displaced New Yorkers, and those who perhaps by virtue of living in two places might also take advantage of voting in two places just didn’t appeal to me at all.
Western South Dakota is a conservative area offset almost completely by the liberal eastern part of the state, and the Indian Reservations which dot the state. We like the area. So, bottom line, location location location. And mom due to health reasons has moved to Utah, closer to all of her children.
I was very surprised at how much I loved South Dakota.
Seemed that there were critters all over but fewer trees to hide behind in like Oregon.
Folks were great and there was so much to see and do as a tourista.
Mount Rushmore was way nicer than I’d ever expected.
After watching Deadwood, visiting the city was very educational.
We went about 8;30 in the morning and I sat with a bloody mary and asked question of the barkeep as my wife kid and I were the only ones there.
She was born adn raised,left and came back and love the area and told its tales.
Devils Tower is about as weird as it gets but well worth seeing and the free roaming buffalo are a pleasure to see.
Man I want to go back and this time bring my Harley and stay a couple weeks.