My husband and I sometimes talk about where would be the best place to live at retirement. Neither of us are from Sacramento, and I prefer the ocean over just about any place inland. Homes along the coast in California are extremely expensive, even a small home, and although prices are better in Hawaii, I don't think I will be able to persuade my husband to live year-round in Hawaii. We might need a summer place in the states somewhere. We've been talking about buying a second home now, way before retirement, if we can just come to a compromise on where.
He brought up Coos Bay, Oregon, as he's much more of a rugged outdoor enthusiast than me. I will go hiking, for example, but I don't want to go more than 3 miles or so, and definitely not straight uphill. Otherwise, he will have to listen to me describe my immediate experience in ways he'd probably prefer not to hear. You can read more in my personal blog today and see all of the photographs at this link: Delightful Coos Bay, Oregon, and Blankets of Fog.