My husband mentioned moving to Colorado not long ago
I've always loved it too, but I love where I am now.
Fleas Yes, Ticks yes.
Like Jodaar we get all the seasons here. I truly love that and think I would hate to have to drive/fly somewhere to experience the beauty of Autumn.
My house is far off the road. The driveway is through the woods, so no one can see the house by just driving by. I can sit on the porch in my robe and drink coffee. The kids can play outside with the dog and I have no worries.
The only thing I miss from the city is the diversity. People at school think my one son is SO COOL because his name is Pablo, and it is a name they don't here that often ... at least they think it's cool right?
We had 7 deer in our front yard yesterday.
We see Hawks and Turkey Vultures every day.
We had a bear in the yard a few years back (during the drought)