This blog is coming from an emotional soon-to-be college student.

By the time you read this, I will be on my way to Washington D.C. to attend George Washington University. I am very excited but also very nostalgic.

Many of you have lived in different places before settling down. Many are still moving about. But for me, Steamboat has been my only home. I moved here from Denver when I was 4 years old, so I cannot really remember anything but this town.

Now I am spending my last days here going over in my mind what I will miss most about my home.

The Adventures

Very rarely do you have a boring day in Steamboat. There is so much to do and so many memories to make. By the end of the day, you are totally exhausted from the fun you had. During summer, you can swim, hike, bike and dance your way through the months. During winter, you can ski, snowshoe, ice skate and tube. In between, locals always talk about how excited they are for the next season. In Steamboat, there will always be something fun to do.

PikNik Theatre’s performance of The Merchant of Venice in front of Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The Art

I am a little biased toward this one because I love performing with the various theater groups in town. Everywhere you look, you’ll find artists embracing the beauty of the mountains around us and expressing it through their craft. Coffee shops and art galleries are filled with local art, and our dance and theater troupes convey our town’s love for art. It is easy to see why Steamboat appreciates art: People came here to be surrounded by the beautiful mountains and rivers that make this town so special.

View from the top of Hahn’s Peak

The Views

I am incredibly lucky to live where I do. When I walk out the door, I am surrounded by beautiful views that would take anyone’s breath away. I remember talking to a Steamboat visitor who described our surroundings as “surreal,” comparing everything to a painted backdrop.” When you look around at the trees, rivers and wildflowers, it’s easy to understand why. Everything around us is so breathtaking that it almost looks fake. But lucky for us, it’s real, and we get to experience it. I recommend hiking as much as possible so you can take it all in. And remember to look up a bit more often so you don’t miss it.

The People

Thank you Steamboat for teaching me how to be a good person. Locals here lead by example every day. In our town, you will find the most positive, athletic and adventurous people around.

You will find people who seem to know everyone. You will find people changing the world, people who work to make our town accessible to everyone through adaptive recreation and people who teach others how to keep nature clean and healthy while still enjoying its benefits. You will find locals who work impossibly hard and then go run a marathon, people who schedule their days around skiing and people who can swim, bike, ski jump and teach a yoga class.

Then there are the people who are always doing something fun, always finding ways to explore the town and always living life to the fullest. These are the people who always invite you to a cool event or who you happen to see whenever you’re doing something exciting. These people make their life an endless adventure.

I grew up surrounded by these people. Our town is full of movers and shakers, of Olympians and fun-lovers. You have inspired me and have taught me that life is amazing. I hope to carry these ideals with me as I leave Steamboat.

Now, I am off to another adventure in another place. It’s new and scary. But it is life, and life is full of opportunities, joys and pitfalls. I have lived in a paradise my whole life, and now I head off to face the real world.

This town has shown me how to laugh, love and live. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Thank you, Steamboat. I will miss you a lot.


Libby Lukens has lived in Steamboat Springs for 13 years and has loved every moment of it. She enjoys hiking, ice hockey, theater and exploring Steamboat’s beautiful community. She is determined to savor every moment she has in the mountains before heading to George Washington University in the fall to study political science.