Beyond Colorado: 12 Years of HeidiTown

I feel like I’m writing one of these every day. I think it is because time is moving so fast. 

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Uncompahgre River near Ouray, Colorado.

I’ve been the Mayor of HeidiTown for 12 years, yes, I started the blog in 2007, and wow, that feels like a long time ago. I don’t think I even know exactly what a blog was in the mid-2000s. 

This year has had its challenges. The main one being that I was diagnosed with atypical migraines in June. This meant a drastically different summer than I had planned. For example, I ended up in the emergency room four times. I still went on road trips and kept writing, but I was getting migraines on trips, wiping out half a day here and an evening there. 

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Snowshoe outing with Winter Park Resort.

We hope that the latest round of “throwing spaghetti against a wall” will result in fewer migraines going forward. In fact, I hope for no more migraines going forward. I call it throwing spaghetti against the wall because the medical field knows so little about migraines that it seems ridiculous. 

I am very lucky to have found the right person to go through life with; a summer like ours is a good way to strain a relationship. His unwavering love for me has kept me going.

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Pueblo, Colorado

While migraine issues have taken up a large part of my world in the last six months, I have still been going places and writing things. Going places and writing things is what I live for so the show must go on.

As most of you know, we recently added a puppy to our family and last fall we added a cat. The cat is not overjoyed about the dog but that’s to be expected. After all, he’s been an “only fur child” for a year. 

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Fritzi’s first road trip. The Arkansas River in Salida, Colorado.

I hope to incorporate Fritzi into future HeidiTown travels and so you may see her frequently on this site. 

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This past year, HeidiTown has run some enjoyable campaigns; one with Greeley, which is exciting because I am a big fan of this Northern Colorado town. The Heidi Guide continues to flourish and represents a fun hat I get to wear on mountain trips. 

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Redstone Castle

My travel column continues to appear on “NOCO Style Magazine” which made the move to Loveland, Colorado this year. I have also secured a great gig writing the travel section for “Colorado Life,” “Utah Life” and “Nebraska Life” in 2020. 

The last 12 years of HeidiTown have truly been amazing. I have been to just about every town in Colorado at least once and I have met amazing people along the way. This past year, I’ve taken multiple trips to Nebraska and Wyoming, two places that HeidiTown annexed in 2017. 

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Lincoln Highway Diner in North Platte, Nebraska.

Life is good, even though this past year I have had to remind myself of this fact. I am grateful for this little town, the friendships that have developed because of it and I am truly grateful for HeidiTown’s citizens. Without you, none of this is possible and I never take that truth for granted.

4 Comments


  1. Love reading your adventures and adding to my wish list. Congrats on the travel mag columns!
    Hope your health turns for good and stays there.

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  2. Congrats on the anniversary! I always enjoy your pieces in NOCO Style. Hope the migraine cure works.

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  3. So much fun!! Love the picture of Fritzi!

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  4. Congratulations!! I’m so proud of you and happy you’re my friend. xo

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