A Love Letter to My Mountains

Dear Colorado Mountains:

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to take a quick moment to write you a love letter, my mountains. We’ve been through a lot over the past 30 years, but in the end, I know we’ll always come back to each other. That’s what makes our relationship so important!

You and I have an undying love that revolves around our matching unbridled passion for adventure. Thus far, it seems to have worked well for us both. Granted, our love affair hasn’t been without its ups and downs. Remember that time you purposely led me astray down the wrong trail on the side of the Sawtooth? Yeah, I’m sure you don’t but I sure do! I thought you’d never lie to me but instead, I ended up on the side of a sheer rock face with no harness or ropes, clinging to a couple of quarter-inch crimp holds located 13,000 feet up in the air. Luckily, I made it off that rock safely and have nothing to show from it other than a 3” scar on my shin….but hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, mountains. We may have spent joyous times together since that day, but I haven’t forgotten!

However, I am a generous woman and I have forgiven you. Since then, we’ve created some unforgettable memories together and most of my cherished moments occurred while wrapped up in your leafy and dirt-covered arms. You’ve provided me with feet upon feet of fluffy powder for epic ski days….

…..and with miles of untouched bluebird sky above 14,000 feet. Your views are truly spectacular.

Love Letter to Mountains

I love spending nights with you, staring at the open mountain sky, covered in twinkling stars. You can’t get views like that in the city and I am forever thankful that you’re willing to share them.

One of my favorite ways to achieve quality time together is on the trails. You offer such amazing single track for mountain biking and trail running, and I am so glad that you’re willing to provide for me. There is nothing quite like the pounding heart beat and flushed face that one gets from trail running, is there?

In short, I’m still in love with you, mountains, and I don’t foresee that changing. Here’s to another 30 years, eh?


Your Colorado Gal


I almost forgot! Will and I were featured in Shape.com’s Valentine’s Day article entitled “Fitness Fairy Tales from Real-Life Couples“! If you want to read about how we met and a few other sappy details, hop on over and check it out 🙂


Any special plans for V-card day?


  • Reply Miz at

    simply PERFECTION.
    and so so so creative.

  • Reply Erin @ Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost at

    Have you ever done a “tips for hiking with dogs” type post? I just recently got a puppy and I’m looking forward to taking him on hikes when the weather is nicer but I’m nervous about what might be too much for him!

    • Reply heather at

      Nope, I haven’t but that seems like a great idea, so I’ll definitely add it to the list! It took a lot of trial by error with Tals, so it’d be nice to save others that hassle 🙂

  • Reply Paige @ Your Trainer Paige at

    Love this post!! Ahhh the mountains. That last picture is simple amazing.

  • Reply Andrea at

    Your story of how you met Will is ridiculously cute. I’m glad someone is still writing love letters! Hate that they’re getting obsolete due to technoloy

    • Reply heather at

      Thank you! And yes, he definitely writes real letters still. Caught me off-guard at first but now I really like them!

  • Reply Natalie @ Free Range Human at

    I love this, and I feel exactly the same way!

  • Reply Kayla at

    Awww, on both accounts. 🙂

    • Reply heather at

      Are y’all driving here right now?!

  • Reply lynne @ lgsmash at

    cute 🙂 i love your shape story too – super cute!

    • Reply heather at

      Thank you! Can’t say that I’m a “gusher” as that article implies, but the rest of it was very true 🙂

  • Reply Ed at

    Awww I think the mountains are lucky to have you! 😉

  • Reply Sandra Laflamme at

    I loved this post as you know I am a lover of the mountains too! Such gorgeous pictures. I would love to spend some time running where you live. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Reply heather at

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too! There are definitely some beautiful trails here– I’m looking forward to some trail races this summer!

  • Reply Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem at

    LOVE the Shape feature story, so sweet and love your love for the mountains. I am more of a wide open spaces open plains kind of girl, I think all the trees in the mountains freak me out a little, but they are really beautiful.

  • Reply Pavement Runner at

    Epic photos and tales as always… we need to find a mountain with a bunch of switch backs that way I can run it. If I need a rope, I aint doing it. Lovely mountain or not.

    • Reply heather at

      I’ll find as an epic mountain that you can run up and I’ll try my best to keep up!

  • Reply Mindy Artze at

    I adore this post!!! 😉 Beautiful!

  • Reply Kelly at

    So so cute!!

  • Reply Rachel at

    I LOVE this! I have similar feelings for the mountains in Montana.

    • Reply heather at

      Montana is so beautiful! I seriously love it up there, but I’ve never been to Glacier and I’m dying to go!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning at

    This is the best love letter ever!! (Well, except for the one that Will wrote to you that was mentioned in the Shape article!! Awww!!!) I love it all and totally get your love affair with the mountains. It’s hard to put into words, but you did it beautifully!

  • Reply Colorado: Five Most Romantic Outdoor Spots - Just a Colorado GalJust a Colorado Gal at

    […] kinda wishy-washy on the whole Valentine’s Day thing. Rather than sentimentality, I wrote an ode to the mountains back in 2013, honoring my love for the Rockies. However, after last year’s surprise European […]

  • Reply Uday at

    Wow! it’s the way i feel about the mountains and the twinkling stars in the nights.

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