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Living Above The Clouds

Living Above The Clouds

I’ve reached the stage in life when many grab a lawn chair and wait for the life clock to strike midnight while sitting at the end of a garage driveway drinking beer in a state where the humidity matches the temperature. Nah. Not for me. I’ve opted — with the enthusiastic support of my wife, Mary, to leave the comfort zone of Northeast Ohio and relocate to Colorado, making reality  of something we’ve talked about for years.

For the past several years, we talked about where we would want to live as we enter the “golden years.” And we decided:

  • We wanted to live in the West, not South or East
  • We wanted to live in a small town — but near a larger city
  • We wanted relatively easy access to airports and quality medical facilities.
  • We wanted to be close to a small college or larger university

Welcome to Woodland Park, Colorado. Dubbed “The City Above the Clouds.”

Today with over 7,600 residents, Woodland Park is a flourishing community of people who demand a high quality of life. Tourism continues to fuel the economy, often turning first-time visitors into lifelong residents. Just 18 miles west of Colorado Springs in Teller County, experience the history, adventure and beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Hey. Sounds good to me.

Regardless of venue, I’m not ready to spend my days in a lawn chair. I enjoy running and biking.  I’m planning on learning how to fly fish beyond just tossing the line into a mountain stream. I’m looking forward to my double Jameson at happy hour while “living above the clouds.”

And I’m looking forward to chronicling in these posts at least a little about life in Colorado.

  1. Shauna Stottsberry says:

    Hi Rob! This post makes me nostalgic for a place I’ve never been. Happy for you 🙂 Enjoy your new home and life adventures.

    • Rob Jewell says:


      Hi. Thanks for your very kind comment. I really hope you are doing well. I’m looking forward to the next stage of my life in Colorado. If it comes close to matching the wonderful experience I had teaching at Kent State and meeting so many talented young professionals like you, then life will be better than good.

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