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Old 01-26-2007   #1
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soon to graduate, help with CO georgraphy near kayaking

Hey guys,

So I am from Ca and have never boated before in Colorado, but as graduation is approaching time to start to look at where to live. As most aerospace companies are in LA (which i cant stand) i am looking elsewhere.

Can you guys help me with how close the following cities are to boating of class IV-V nature...

Colorado Springs

Thanks for the help...


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Old 01-26-2007   #2
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I would say Denver would be your best bet. Colorado Springs is a quirky town.

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Old 01-26-2007   #3
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30-45 minutes to Clear Creek which has a couple Class III-IV runs and a 5- run
30 minutes to Bear Creek- fun 5- when it runs
1 hour+ to Bailey which is 4-5 and runs alot
within 3 hours- the Poudre, Gore, and the Arkansas

For Aurora, just add 20 minutes to the Denver times.

I'd say C. Springs is a no go-
closest creek is Bailey which is nearly 2 hours away.
Royal Gorge is an hour fifteen, but its Class III-IV and not really creeky.
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Old 01-26-2007   #4
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I would agree....Denver has a few more options. Co. Springs is great, but after work runs (in the IV-V range) aren't as easy. You're lookin' at an hour or so to get to a couple runs of that caliber. Denver guys chime in here.......but you can reach a bunch of runs in this range in under an hour (Boulder Creek, Clear Creek, etc..).
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Old 01-26-2007   #5
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Yeah, Denver's probably the best option. You've got a lot of places in the surrounding area of Denver (like Lakewood, Golden, etc.) to look for housing and employment. We've got Lockheed Martin in Denver and Ball Aerospace in Broomfield along with a whole slew of other engineering firms (I'm not sure which others do Aero). You've got the South Platte and Clear Creek nearby (lots of good IV-V nearby) and countless other runs within 3 hours. And on top of that you're only an hour from the mountains in the winter.

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Old 01-26-2007   #6
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nuthin' for nuthin', but you'll be moving from "a wet state" to "a very dry state" if you move to CO. on the other hand, you could move to "a saturated state" & work at this little place called boeing, or, even better, for jeff bezos' BADASS PROJECT (<-click). i have a friend who's at blue origin & he sez it's like a dream come true working there. & they're DEFINITELY HIRING (<-click).

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Old 01-26-2007   #7
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Do NOT move to Aurora. It is east of denver. You are on the wrong side of the city when it comes to going to the mountains. I have lots of friends who live in Aurora because my wife used to teach there. When she moved to Golden (west side of Denver) to be with me then her commute was pure hell. You don't want to cross the city during rush hour. Personally, I think Aurora is a crime-filled shithole.
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Old 01-26-2007   #8
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Aurora is a crime-filled shithole
I'll second that. . .
Might as well stay in LA than relocate to Aurora.
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Old 01-26-2007   #9
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If you're used to L.A. "rush hour" (more like rush all the time).......Denver's will pale in comparison (still not fun though). I agree, if you're looking at work in Aurora, consider living a little further west.
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Old 01-26-2007   #10
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thanks for the feedback

thanks for the all the feedback so fast. I appreciate it.

a few more questions,
how long does the season in CO last? how many days (boating only weekends) is it possible to get in CO in an average year?

And to the guy who put the links up for the company in Kent, I appreciate that too, hadn't heard of the company, think I probably will send the resume out to them as well. I am trying to stay in the Sacramento area of Ca but if that doesn't work out I am looking at plan B of Colorado or Oregon/Washington... couldn't bear to think of sitting in front of a computer all week long and not have a river to retreat to come Saturday.

Anyways, thanks again everyone.


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