Another lurker from the East
Im a lurker from the East Coast as well ( Philadelphia, PA burbs)
Nice to make your aquaintance Opalescent!
I also am doing long distance with my gf who lives in Boston but its a little closer than what you are dealing with. Nonetheless my heart still goes out to you.
I identify as poly and gf is poly curious at this point so we are going to see how things progress from here.
I have a few female friends who I have told I was poly in hopes of possibly seeing if there was more than just a close friendship but they dont quite get it and just thinking im looking to cheat which I explain is not the case but they don't feel right so no go sadly. Its not easy.
Good luck on your search!