My husband and I have been married for 2.5 years. The first time I ever met him he took me for a ride on his motorcycle. He had a big red truck, a road bike and a dirt bike parked right outside his apartment. Which happened to be the same building I lived in. I knew from the start that he was as outdoorsy as me.
We dated for a few years and in that time spent lots of time in the mountains. Whether it was a Sunday afternoon hike, a drive through the canyon, camping or sitting on the front of his snowmobile in the winter. We always spent time in the mountains. A few months before we got engaged he bought me my first little dirt bike so I could learn to ride with him! It was a little TTR 125 and I named her Stella. We started in an open field where he showed me all the basics, and it wasn’t long before we were headed for the mountains. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with riding my dirt bike. By the next summer I had outgrown the small bike and was ready for something bigger. We sold Stella and bought a TTR 230. I named her Tammy! Tammy was bigger and faster and so much better. But it doesn’t end there. He also loves to snowmobile. In fact he has always said that the dirt bikes are just something for him to do when he can’t snowmobile. So you guessed it, I got my own snowmobile as well. I was all about learning so that I was able to go with him instead of staying home alone on weekends. I had been on a few sleds while growing up, but it had been 10 years or more. So we continued to play in the mountains. Pretty much year round. (You can say it, I know I am spoiled.)
After over 2 years of these hobbies, I have come to crave my time in the mountains. There is a freedom that you can’t get anywhere else. The air smells different, there’s no city lights or people talking. It’s just wide open spaces. I don’t have to think about anything for once. It’s easy to turn my brain off and wind down after a long week. There’s been times when heading to the mountains wasn’t an option because of work, family and just life; and I really didn’t feel like I had a weekend. I need my time to wind down in the peace and quiet. On top of that it’s been the best thing ever for my husband and I to have something to do together every weekend, and I will always be so grateful that he put in so much work to make sure I could go with him!
That being said, I was at work a couple weeks ago and I had some downtime. I was scrolling through facebook and I saw a quote that hit me right in the feels. It was one of those times where I felt like someone had put into words exactly how I feel! I wanted that quote in my house somewhere but who how could I get it made? My coworker has a friend that makes custom decor for a very good price so I had found my person, told her what I wanted and waited patiently. I had never been so excited for a sign to hang on the wall! But I was like a little kid on Christmas Eve. She called a week later saying it was done and ready for pick up. It turned out so much better than I ever could’ve imagined, and I can’t wait to find a place to hang it. The mountains are my freedom.