Another quite random “Friday Fun-Day” post.
Today: where we live. Last weekend my family and I went to visit Mt Rushmore and stayed in Keystone, South Dakota, which in October is starting to shut down, literally. It seemed like 75% of the places where “closed for the season”. This prompted a discussion on where we could live in the country. After 3+ days in the small towns with limited dining choices and no grocery store for miles we decided to drive into Rapid City, SD where we had an awesome meal at Olive Garden and some great coffee at Seattle’s Best (I needed some civilization!!!). So, as we discussed, I thought, I could live in a place like Rapid City, SD but I don’t know how long I could. What I mean is the nearest anything after Rapid City was several hours away. I lived in Rockford, IL which was a city itself, but after about 8-10 months, we started journeying out of Rockford for a “change in scenery”. We used to drive 45 minutes to go to the nearest Caribou Coffee (partly for the coffee, partly to just get away). And we even took some trips to Chicago which was a little more than an hour away. But South Dakota?? I don’t think I could do it. I mean, if that’s where God called, of course I’d be there, but if I had a choice? Well, I would want to be near a city. I grew up 20 minutes from NY City, one of the best and biggest cities in the world. I feel a little like a snob even saying this. I know some people love the small town, enjoy the coziness of knowing everyone etc etc. But since I grew up quite different, I would have a hard time living anywhere far from a true city. I mean even in Rockford, IL it was over an hour to any airport — it was crazy for us (especially since our families both live out east so trips to the airport to travel or pick up people traveling to see us was a frequent occasion).