Wyoming had been a close second in my mind to N.H., but the landlocked situation bothered me tremendously.... Montana sounds good... does anyone out there have first hand knowledge about Montana? lived in or near? Or Idaho? Both sound like good possibilities.
You know, Idaho does sound pretty good. It is really cool in several ways. Geographically speaking, it is nearly as diverse as California. Colder, granted, but some areas are milder than others. In the north and central areas, there is enough precipitation that one could grow a garden or orchard (or a lawn, for that matter) without worrying about irrigation, as well as plenty of ground water in the form of lakes and rivers. Living in the desert, that's become a big plus to me. Idaho has mountains, snowy areas, green areas, desert-like areas... The Couer d'Alene area is *incredibly* beautiful.
The job market is booming in larger areas, particularly in tech jobs (weird, huh?), and it's very close to Spokane, WA. There's a heavy "freedom movement" already in place. And as mentioned, there is a shared border with Canada.
On the negative side, there's no coastal access (except via a river) and the large amount of government owned land (nearly 2/3 of the state, IIRC).
But, oh yeah, I'd LOVE Idaho! In a heartbeat...