La Veta is a cute, small, isolated village in southern Colorado, nestled at over 7000 ft at the feet of the Spanish Peaks. Bathed in a semi-arid mountain climate, surrounded with a beautiful landscape, it is a small, friendly and vibrant community. It lives a simple life, mainly of tourism and agriculture. It takes a beautiful three hours drive, heading south of Denver. Thanks to its exceptional location, this large village enjoys little pollution, crime or incivility.
If it sounds like paradise, this community has its own problems – mainly the difficulty for its young people to find a job. The distance to large cities has transformed many small and medium-sized towns in this region into quasi-ghost towns. The population of La Veta, which has fallen below the 800 inhabitants, is struggling to maintain its infrastructure and services. Fortunately there is a beautiful library, a large museum, post office, schools and public services. Situated along the mythical Highway of Legends, it attracts tourists who love wide open spaces and beautiful roads. It is also a haven for travelers in caravans and camping cars, fleeing the damp heat of the South and the Great Plains in summer. Winter, cold and snow are not attracting much people, especially since the small winter sports resort on Route 12 (Cuchara) has closed, suffering from too scarce snowfalls and its isolation.
How did we find this place? By chance and necessity. Boulder is friendly but it is a small poach and fashionable center, concentrating elite, educated, eco-responsible and progressive elites. It is a great city to live but where creative spontaneity is stifled by gentrification, written regulations made for rich families and regulated activities. In Boulder, go for a walk: you will be stuck on the road between private (no-trespassing) fenced lands, then you will have the freedom to park in the paying and crowded car parks, to follow the path without going beyond Dotted, with your dog on a leash and showing the medallion to be obtained from the service of the city, valid for 12 months. No picnics, no public wine drinking, no noise, no parking after sunset, no drone flying : just beautiful landscapes, protected by regulations adapted to a chronic over-attendance. Residents are gentle, over-occupied, sometimes superficial people, monopolized by their multi-job unfortunately necessary to pay their rent or their insane credits and the expensive studies of children, the too long journeys in a too busy traffic.
We have left this too costly too busy life, where routine and fatigue mingle in a sad caustic cocktail, toxic for the mind.
Then we decided to move, again. And chance made things right because we found what we lacked in Boulder. Our rent was divided by four, and we got to know more with more people in 1 month than in 18 in Boulder. Not because people are so different. But because they have more time to live, and we do too!