- got bitten by the track bug and I'm lucky enough to have two tracks I can regularly go to within 2hr drive. 8-12 track days in a year from late may through sept
- live in the burbs, I spend my time on projects (house/car/etc) when then weather is nice... generally a bit outdoorsy and not so much in to social scene, shopping, what have you
- overall dislike that all of feb is 0 or worse every year
- overall dislike that when the rains come they stay for several days or a week
- typical vacation involves either mountains or beaches and is spent entirely outside
- ideal housing situation is a medium sized house, a big garage (I do all car services myself), and 1-2 acre of land.
I regularly track my Elise at High Plains Raceway, Pueblo Motorsports Park, Pikes Peak International Raceway, and the Colorado State patrol training facility on South Table Mountain. The farthest of these from Denver is PMP. Track day prices here are probably lower than you're accustomed to. Open lapping at HPR is $150 for a full day. Club days with CECA (Colorado Exotic Car Assn) are a bit more, typically $160-$199.
Weather here is generally nice. We're desert, more or less, with about 15" of precipitation a year. We get as many days of sunshine as Phoenix, AZ, but it's not nearly as hot. I've been snowed on in every month, yes, even July and August (had to go above treeline for those), but even in the depths of winter the snow will be off the streets in a day or two. We get a week or two of bitter cold each year, but that's offset by very nice days. This year we had a week of upper 60's in Feb. Note that you may have mid-60's and snow in the same day.
We just had our wettest May in history, raining nearly every day. But this was unusual. In summer, you may see thundershowers every afternoon, but they're scattered and brief.
No need to take vacations here to visit mountains. I'm 90 minutes or less from the most popular trailheads in RMNP and make it a point to hike in the park 12 or 15 times a year. Note that we're about as far from beaches as you can get in the world.
For an acre or more of land, you'll need to be 30 minutes from downtown. I'm 15 minutes out but only have a quarter acre.
Note that housing prices here are going nuts. If you're buying right now, you'll likely get in a bidding war.
Are you attending LOG this year? If not, why not?
Feel free to visit my blog. It's pretty much just car events and hikes, including track days in January and hikes in February.
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