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I moved to Colorado years ago after falling in love with the scenery and the way of life out here. Mountain life is a constant source of inspiration for me. I live surrounded by deer, coyotes, and elks. It helps keeping me focused on my art. Living in the middle of nowhere can be tough but most of the time, it is worth it. Ever wondered what life in Colorado is about? Read on!

Living in the middle of nowhere

The struggle of living far from everything
  • It takes forever to get to anything! Want to go get tomatoes? 10 minutes down the dirt road, 10 minutes on the mountain road before reaching the highway and another 20 min to get to town. That’s a lot of gas for just a few tomatoes! You gotta learn how to optimize your time. Colorado life for you!
  • No cell reception. In the mountains of Colorado, nobody can hear you scream. Actually that’s not true at all. You can bet there’s a deer somewhere nearby that hears you just fine! I am pretty cut off from the world in my house. I have to tell everybody I encounter that they have to Facebook me to get a hold of me because since I don’t have cell reception, my phone is always off. At least, I save on cellphone plans and phone battery since it’s always in airplane mode.
  • No proper Wi-Fi. Probably the thing I hate the most. It’s S-L-O-W. It’s satellite, it’s expensive and it sucks! I usually go to the library to upload new artworks online. Forget about watching YouTube! On some days I manage to, but usually unless I leave the video load for 15 minutes it cuts off everything 5 seconds.
  • You can never really go out unless you spend the night at a friend’s. If I plan on going out, I usually also plan on staying at someone’s house. Definitely don’t drink and drive in the mountains! Deer just love jumping in front of your car when you least expect it. Better be sober and ready for it.
  • Deer. Like I said, they love to jump in front of your car. I swear sometime I think they are making bet with each other. “Hey Carlos, I bet you I can scare that driver shitless!”. Rabbits do that too. They also race you, no kidding. They will jump in front of my car and start running in the middle of the road. Wild life in Colorado!

Deer artworks collage

These artworks are available as art prints in my Society6 shop.
The benefits of living far from everything
  • The landscapes are breathtaking. Every road is beautiful. Even the drive to the grocery store is scenic.
  • No cell reception. It is a curse and a blessing. I may not be able to call people if I need to, but at least, nobody can bother me either.
  • Animals are everywhere. Being a former city girl, the first time I saw a deer I was in awe. Now they live in my backyard. I’ve seen bears, coyotes, bobcats, eagles and hawks, and so many more. It’s the perfect place to be for my type of art.
  • The people are nice. Nobody locks their car around here and that says a lot. I don’t even have a house key. Living in the middle of nowhere sure has its perks.
  • There are so many outdoor activities available in the area: from hiking, biking, horseback riding to rafting, kayaking, camping, and more. It’s a perfect place to have pets.
  • It’s a perfect place to have pets as there is lots of space and open space for them to thrive.

Hanging Lake Colorado

mountain landscape life in colorado

All in all, life in Colorado is wonderful!

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  1. Hi Flo. Ran across your forum post on Etsy. I lived in Ft.Collins and Durango back in my adventurous days. Really miss the mountains and climate, You blog certainly made me smile, so keep it up. Best of luck to you. Enjoying your art as well.

    1. Aww thank you so much for the comment! I don’t think I could ever go back to living in a city now, I love the mountains too much.

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