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You would never admit to having albuminurophobia - fear of kidney disease or cyprianophobia or cypridophobia or cyprinophobia - fear of prostitutes or venereal disease, but you undoubtedly are afraid of something. Something that most of us don't even like to think of at one time or another is getting old. Aging comes with many changes...

However, one thing that will help you deal with aging is finding the right place to retire. With that in mind, I have put together a few places that you should take a look at. These range from the famous to the totally unknown. But, each has unique features that might just make you go ah!

Fair Hope (Fairhope), Alabama

This is one of the more expensive retirement spots in Alabama, but is a beautiful spot with spanish moss hanging from the trees, many paintings and flowers. Many have called it Carmel-by-the-Bay - refering to California's famous spot.

Hood River, Oregon

The Wind Surfing Capital of the World! That about says it all if you are a retiring sports nut. However, there is plenty more to attract you to this little known treasure in the Columbia Gorge. It is on the Oregon Cascades Birding Trail, has an annual Blossom Festival and Harvest Fest. It is close the most visited spot in Oregon - Multnomah Falls as well as Mount Hood for skiing and is on the Lewis and Clark Trail. This is also in the center of the fruit orchards of northern Oregon - providing incredible treats.

Kalispell, Montana

Named "best mountain town in America" by Mountain Sports and Living magazine, the scenery around Kalispell will leave you breathless. Wildlife abounds both around town and even more so in nearby Glacier National Park. Even if your only hobby was photography, you would never lack for activities. But, hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing are all good possibilities.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Maybe the toughest challenge to retire in Coeur d'Alene is learning the correct pronunciation. But, that won't take long. This northern Idaho small city is on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene and surrounded by beautiful mountain forests. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is known for its championship golf course with a floating 14th hole. The lake has abundant possibilities for boating, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing and fishing. There are another 60 lakes within 60 miles - so take your pick. And, if you like snow, you are in luck. You can get up to 80 inches ina season.

Shelby, Michigan

If lots of winter snow doesn't bother you, consider Shelby. There are lots of parks such as Silver Lake State Park and being close to Lake Michigan, there is opportunity for water sports. The Shelby Man-Made Gemstone Factory makes more created gemstones than anywhere else in the world. Over 30 golf courses add to the appeal.

Aspen Hill, Maryland

This was a Union troop camp during the Civil War where troops camped prior to the battle of Antietam. So, those with a metal detector might find a few treasures. Hiking and biking are also welcome activities in the parks. There are over 25 golf courses in the area as well - both public and private. Plenty of health care is available as well.



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