Where to retire? The search goes on
The Good Life|May 2020
48 hours to figure out if Palm Springs checks off the ‘musts’ on the list
By Kalin Raible

We are still on the hunt for a place to retire to in 15 – 20 years.

Last year, we looked at Florida. This year we visited California.

We are fortunate enough to have friends — Al and Ann Bridges from Wenatchee — who go to Palm Springs (technically Palm Desert) every year for about two months. After comparing calendars we were able to fit in a 48-hour trip mid-January.

Our Working List for Retirement Requirements:

  • Sunshine. My wife, Mya Archambault, would prefer to only wear flipflops after we retire. I like all four seasons so this will probably be our biggest challenge.

  • Be physically active. This seems to be a key component to enjoying life, continuing to travel, keeping up with family and friends and recovering from whatever ails us.

  • Quality healthcare. My parents opted to retire to Montana and one of them usually makes a trip to the ER each year. It’s about a 90-minute drive — 20 minutes with the helicopter but that is a story for another time.

  • Live in a similar manner to which we have become accustomed.

  • Not to outlive our retirement.

  • Stay engaged in our community via part-time work, volunteering or both.

  • Interesting enough place to live that it’s fun to have visitors.

The trip to California was amazing. Al and Ann rent a second-floor condo with an awesome deck in the gated tennis community of Deep Canyon Tennis Complex. This was their sixth year there.

VRBO has a listing at Deep Canyon Tennis Complex that looks similar for Jan. 1, 2021 - Feb. 28, 2021 for $9,696.19. This is definitely more than Mya and I could afford right now but something to consider working towards.

We arrived on the midnight flight and Al and Ann had arranged for a taxi to pick us up. It took a bit to get that sorted but eventually, we were on our way.

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