Okay, did a corny thing the other day, but it seems to have really helped.
She walks to where we meet so I wrote a long note explaining the entire situation to her and how I felt. I planned on leaving it on the trail and watching from another area. Ended up finding a leaf shaped like a heart on the trail so I put it with it. Texted it her telling her to pay attention to her surroundings on the way .
She finds the note and I'm watching from afar. As she continues down the trail I play dumb and text asking if she got lost. Her reply "Yes, in your words."
Day continued with tons of touching but never went for the kiss until yesterday, which went on for quite a while and went well. Still working on getting him out of the picture but it's getting there I think.