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Old July 29th, 2009, 02:41 AM
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Maryland?

I know some of the members here live there.... so what can you tell me about the state?

I've got an interview in a couple of weeks and wondering from the D90 perspective... what's it like living there? The office is in Ellicott city... where would a person with a family and a rover want to live (within 45 minutes or so)? How's the quality of life? How are the schools? what should I know? what should I avoid? are there places with trails I can get to?

AND what about registering a '94 D90 with a 300tdi? any issues? pain in the butt? not so bad? emissions? what emissions? (yes I am considering how much hassle it will be to register my D90 when looking at a job thank you very much... where are YOUR priorities)
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Old July 29th, 2009, 07:15 AM
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Ellicott City is great, but it's gotten rather big- meaning "Ellicott City" now covers almost as much land area as Columbia. The historic town and district is nice, but with a family you may find it's a bit crowded. If you're a mountain biker or trail hiker there are a lot of great areas in the Patapsco State Park, the Avalon area specifically for the biking.

Schools are award winning and the reason most people live here, here being Howard County. That is if you can put up with the high property values.

As far as trails for the trucks... nothing legal and public except Rausch Creek, and that's not close.

We actually have a form for emissions, the DMV will mail it to you when you need to be inspected- there is a box for "Vehicle powered solely by diesel" or something to that effect, meaning that you check that box and never get emissions inspected. They may ask for proof, and if you provide them a receipt for the purchase of the engine that is considered proof, or the shop receipt if you have it.
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Old July 29th, 2009, 09:07 AM
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X2 on what Tre said.

Also if you drive north of EC, there are many options for housing, with not so crazy Property Taxes and more land options.

Here in MD, when you register a vehicle for the first time, it has to have an Inspection Certificate, wich is rather a pita, ( specially if you show up with out of state tags ) , no lights on dash, brakes must be at certain life as well as the tires, no leaks as in PS, no steering shaking and or ungodly noises, lights all must work, wipers, horn, seat belts, etc.

But many of us have our Preferred Inspection Stations and we'll be more than glad to assist you ( the level of painless is worth it ).

If you need any showing around, let me know, I will gladly do it


P.S. don't get scared RC is only 2.5 hours away to go wheeling, and the Cove is maybe 3
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Old July 29th, 2009, 09:53 AM
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I think you will miss Colorado and want to come back. Everytime I have moved I always seem to come back here.

It is muddy there

There is no point a to b, you must drive point c,d,e,f and then loop back to point b

They say only 2.5 hours.... and I thought 35 min to get to a trail was bad

It is muddy there

Traffic sucks, think pre Trex going from downtown to DTC X2

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Sorry, just bummed that you might move but I guess you have to do what it takes to survive.
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Old July 29th, 2009, 10:51 AM
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There is a fairly active club R.O.V.E.R.S. in the area (due to some other clubs folding ROVERS membership covers basically NYC to DC to Harrisburg) and we do a handful of offroad events each year within a couple hours of you and then ROAV has their 3 events which are larger and more formal.

It is not rock crawling around here unless you go to one of the specialized places like Rauch Creek it is just trails, hills, mud, water etc.
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Old July 29th, 2009, 11:36 AM
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Dave is just sore because it poured the whole time he was here-got him so agitated he shippid the 90 instead of driving it back to Co.

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Dave is just sore because it poured the whole time he was here-got him so agitated he shippid the 90 instead of driving it back to Co.
yes there is mud
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I think you will miss Colorado and want to come back. Everytime I have moved I always seem to come back here.
Ditto. I was born and raised in Colorado, and wish everyday that I could move back there. The work may be here in MD/DC/VA, but you'll always want to move back to CO!!!
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Old July 29th, 2009, 01:20 PM
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Never said I wanted to leave....

I'll probably have a few options for different places in the country (back to California being one). I've felt it a real privilege to be here in Colorado but always assumed it was temporary so now my time may have run out and I'll have to go somewhere else.

I do have a couple of outside shots at staying here in the mountains and if they work out I won't leave but they are truly outside shots.

MD seems like one of my best bets right now but I've never lived in the area so was hoping for some insider perspective from the Defender crowd. 2.5 hours to off-road sucks but at least it's _only_ 2.5 hours. I do hope Dave is wrong and my rover decides it loves the lower elevation and doesn't develop cancer (although from what I've heard of the salt....).
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Old July 29th, 2009, 01:42 PM
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I do hope Dave is wrong and my rover decides it loves the lower elevation and doesn't develop cancer (although from what I've heard of the salt....).
If you drive it year round, and don't garage it, it will develop cancer rather quickly. Its unfortunate, but the area uses large amounts of salt in the winter months, and it takes its toll...
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I visited doug in MD for a long weekend, i thought it was to hot and too dry! If you want mud and rain Mover to the UK, you are never more than 30 mins from a trail!
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Old July 29th, 2009, 03:05 PM
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Come to Colorado sometime and then you will know what dry is. I can leave bare steel sitting for years and it will not even have surface rust.

the entire time I was in MD it was like I was dripping wet. Reminded me of living in FLA minus the sun and beaches
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As I said, you are more than welcome to contact me when you are here, you can even come to my place and see how muddy, nasty , dirty it is , if you don't believe me ask Jonathan he was here LMAO

MD is like any other State, has the Good, the Bad and certainly the Ugly, but the area you are aiming to is not the case.

I used to travel to CO for business and while indeed beautiful, you could mimic the panorama quite easy within 45 mins of EC
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Old July 29th, 2009, 03:42 PM
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I've lived many places in my life (including the UK which was awesome) and agree there is good bad and ugly anywhere you go... just wanted to hear about the prevailing winds in MD and the things I should consider (registering the 300tdi being a big one). It looks like the company is feeling anxious and I'll fly in this Sunday and leave on Tuesday (out of the Baltimore airport).

I will have a bit of time to myself. What do I need to make sure I see while I'm there and am considering this move? Anyone know a good Realtor willing to give me the brief?

Thank you everyone for your input.

-Brad

p.s. I'm sure MD has it's own fantastic panoramas but those are different everywhere and I sincerely doubt you can mimic the panoramas from any of the 14k+ peaks in Colorado so we'll just count on MD having it's own beauty

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As I said, you are more than welcome to contact me when you are here, you can even come to my place and see how muddy, nasty , dirty it is , if you don't believe me ask Jonathan he was here LMAO

MD is like any other State, has the Good, the Bad and certainly the Ugly, but the area you are aiming to is not the case.

I used to travel to CO for business and while indeed beautiful, you could mimic the panorama quite easy within 45 mins of EC
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p.s. I'm sure MD has it's own fantastic panoramas but those are different everywhere and I sincerely doubt you can mimic the panoramas from any of the 14k+ peaks in Colorado so we'll just count on MD having it's own beauty
The Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore Beaches I would say... I love everything I hear about Colorado, accept no ocean access..
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Old July 29th, 2009, 03:51 PM
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Craig Northrop is an awesome Realtor with TONS of listings in Howard, Carroll and Baltimore County
I used them to buy current house, and they also have my old house listed.

No afilliation etc etc etc LOL
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I have lived here for 54 years and I can't say anything that hasn't been said yet. If you like rivers and paddling then we have our share. As for a realtor in this area, I would suggest looking into the sale by owner sites first, it will save you a bundle of cash. And while were on this topic, I am leaving the area soon and have a nice new real custom home for sale. I am in Carroll county which would be a 30-40 minute ride to Ellicot city, but I live in area which is country and very private, no sub divisions ect. Not sure what your size and price range may be, but if you like large space and private and quiet then I just may have what your looking for. The 4 car garage has always housed rovers so don't mind the oil spots.
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Never said I wanted to leave....

I'll probably have a few options for different places in the country (back to California being one). I've felt it a real privilege to be here in Colorado but always assumed it was temporary so now my time may have run out and I'll have to go somewhere else.

I do have a couple of outside shots at staying here in the mountains and if they work out I won't leave but they are truly outside shots.

MD seems like one of my best bets right now but I've never lived in the area so was hoping for some insider perspective from the Defender crowd. 2.5 hours to off-road sucks but at least it's _only_ 2.5 hours. I do hope Dave is wrong and my rover decides it loves the lower elevation and doesn't develop cancer (although from what I've heard of the salt....).
Go to cali!
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I live 20 mins from Ellicott City @ the other end of Rt 100 by Gibson Island/Annapolis. I live on a quiet saltwater creek and have about a half mile of no wake zone before the Magothy River and then 3 miles to the bay. The kids are constantly in the water catching shrimp,crabs,clams, fish. I live about 10 miles from BWI but will be away @ the ROAV Summer Rally and will probably come back on Monday. If you want to catch up for a beer and help me burn some diesel in the Bertram sportfish Monday evening shoot me an email. The reason there is no where to wheel is the area is fully developed. From North of Baltimore to 45 mins South of DC is all fully developed. I think the last number I heard was just shy of 14 million people in the area.
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So maybe my post was clouded by the fact that it rained the entire time I was there, I am not sure if this is normal for the area or not.

I do love the ocean, sea, gulf and from time to time have thought about moving somewhere that has water so I can fish and surf again but finding a place that is warm, has mountains, water, wheeling and jobs is tough.

Costa Rica might be the place I end up some day but not sure.

Brad, sounds like you have been many places and have made the best of it. I am sure no matter where you go you will find stuff you like about the area. If you do move to MD set some money aside for 10 gallons of wayoyl

Things to consider

Cost of living, Golden / Denver VS MD is your new job going to pay enough? I know when Tammy was looking there were a ton of jobs on the east coast that at the time seemed like they paid good but when we compared the cost of living we would be living in an apartment and broke.

Schools for your kids, how do they compare?
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I heard Costa Rica is where it's at! Need to visit sometime.
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