On the night before I leave this amazing state, I have to say -- I'm feeling pretty fantastic about the mountains right now.
I've always been a beach person -- that's where my family went for vacation every year. I grew up in coastal states. To me, "skiing" means water skiing. I was in graduate school before I had a proper pair of snow boots. I didn't necessarily dislike the mountains, I just wasn't familiar with them, at all.
I'm still a little cautious -- after all, I visited Colorado in the summer! -- but it was totally amazing in the summer. How quickly the weather changes, the rock faces and tree-covered mountainsides, the clear air...
It's almost enough to make me think I wouldn't mind it so much in the winter, either. Maybe I'll have to find out :)