Thanks for the encouragement!
I hear you. PA might have a reputation as a bit middle-of-nowhere to the zoomers, but its comfy levels are off le charts. I'd be sad to leave PA nature too.
Do you ever go to like the mountains in california or nearby deserts? Or it's not the same?
Also, to answer your original question, I figure that the only reason most people don't do the strategy you're considering is just because of that phenomenon of life's expenses always expanding with your income. You know: "I make money now, so it's time to upgrade the house/car/everything."