Plenty In Portland

Rocks (L)It’s often a commonly accepted fact that friends move, relationships change, and people are on to new pursuits. Although this may be the case, visiting my friend, Caitlin, in her new residence of Portland, Oregon, I find we still have similarities that made us friends. Caitlin was often my partner-in-crime while living in Denver, Colorado, and while staying with her in Portland, I find we’re still a duo with a mission. This particular mission came about after visiting the Denver Aquarium for Otter Week. Around every corner, we expected to find countless otters swimming and jumping into the water. Unfortunately, we left with only two otter sightings. An aquarium employee later informed us Otter Week was about awareness and conservation, not about what Caitlin and I refer to as “a plethora of otters.” Since the employee could only offer coloring books, Caitlin and I left, disappointed, but that didn’t dampen our spirits. With a new destination to explore, Caitlin and I are determined to find a plethora in Portland. Would Portland disappoint us? Here’s exactly what we discovered: Continue Reading ›

Searching in Snow Canyon State Park

It’s hard to believe it’s May and it’s almost been a month since my visit to San Jose del Cabo in Mexico. As you can imagine, I’m ready for my next adventure, but have accumulated many different ideas and possibilities on my plate. Even though I haven’t planned to go anywhere recently, that doesn’t mean I can’t be a tourist in my own town. My mom gets the inclination to be adventurous and senses my restless spirit by suggesting we head to Snow Canyon State Park near St. George, Utah for a hike. It seems we’re both eager for adventure and ready to embark on an afternoon with the outdoors. Continue Reading ›

Our Incredible Planet

“The earth is what we all have in common.”
-Wendell Berry

I’ve traveled many places and seen many cultures around the world, and the one thing that always inspires and at times perplexes me is how we are all connected by the earth we live on.  Growing up in the southwestern United States, I was used to open spaces with a unique mix of orange desert sand and hillsides of mountains covered with pine trees.  I was always eager to venture to the city and feel its bustling energy and variety of culture and people.  Eventually, I was able to experience what I wanted by traveling to cities like London, Shanghai, Milan, and Paris.  Although I still love visiting a city, I began to wish for a moment in the wide open spaces I had grown up in.  Encompassed by the clouds of pollution while visiting China and recalling the skyscrapers and flashing billboards of Times Square in New York City, I often wondered if the planet would soon become one giant city of smog with advertisements of franchises and corporations.  Cities can give us great opportunity, but I find my creativity and inspiration can flourish just as much in the natural beauty of the outdoors.  If you don’t understand what I mean, take a look at these photos from my travels around the world to inspire you to enjoy and preserve nature for future generations: Continue Reading ›

Nederland

“I wish it wasn’t so depressing to get mail.  It would be so much more exciting to get something other than bills or credit card statements,” one of my co-workers at the Denver Center Theatre Company jokes.  I remember the days when my mom would send a letter or cards with coupons or other care items during my years in college.  I went to class, did my homework, worked part-time at a retail job, or spent my evenings altering or building costumes on the sewing machines of my college’s costume shop in anticipation for our next production.  As my junior and senior years came around it didn’t get any easier.  Graduation allowed some freedom, but along with it came a great deal of responsibilities.  I found that growing up is hard to do, and it isn’t for the weak.  I wish it was as easy as heading to the fourth star on the right, straight until morning.  I also wish these directions would be useful for determining which trail to take on a hike starting from Hessie Trailhead near Nederland, Colorado.

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Inner Mountain Girl

When I tell people I live in Denver, Colorado, immediately I’m asked, “Do you ski? Do you like to snowboard? Rock climb?”  And now that Colorado has legalized pot, that question has become one of the latest additions.  Although I skied when I was younger and tried snowboarding and rock climbing once, I’m no outdoor adrenaline junkie.  Most people I meet tend to be transplants from the Mid-West who praise the beautiful mountains, while I tend to curse the snow and unpredictable weather I have to brave in order to get to work backstage to run a weekend show.  For many years I used to wonder why everyone loved the mountains, they weren’t going anywhere.  But, as I left and traveled far away, I have found that I enjoy the cool mountain air covered with thick green trees in new journeys and familiar places like Colorado.  Having returned to the Centennial State, I find a restless energy stirring in me throughout the week as I follow my routine of work, homework, and blog updates.  As the weekend begins, I’m ready to tie the laces of my hiking shoes, fill my Camelbak with water, and clean my camera lens in anticipation of capturing beautiful hillsides and landscapes. Continue Reading ›