Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography- Category [Travel/Stories/Tips]

There is always someone new I meet everywhere I go. It could be a little bit of a conversation, a one time hangout, a family cookout, or just a hike together. Some way, some how I always end up meeting at least one new friend. Really it is a an eye opener to see that there are people out there who are a little like me and who have the same interests. There are people out there who just want to chill, travel, and be able to experience the world. Meeting a new person every time I go out of my comfort zone has really opened doors for me.

Every morning I usually have a cup of coffee and because I was out of town and didn't want to go to Starbucks I had decided to go to the place called Bikini Espresso. Well because of this place I had made a lot of new friends and one of them happened to want to follow my instagram from the moment we met. For me it was like a golden moment in time. We exchanged instagrams, numbers and I gave her my business card. Slowly but surely I started to get to know her and before long we made plans.

She was so nice and let me into her home to hangout with someone like me who is a total stranger. I just buy coffee and here I am sitting in my baristas living room and just smoking together while we enjoy some awesome music. Of course we talked all day and had been hanging out with her friend who she also models with. SO instead of one new friend I now had two new friends. For me it was nice to hear other people's stories and to share my experiences with others. It makes me happy to share what I have learned and it's nice to have people who listen to you. It can really change you world.

I think though, in this case, it just showed that there are people out there that just want to meet others and have a good time. NOt everyone is so stationary and not everyone thinks that meeting strangers is bad. For me I got a new friend who I know can help out if I need a place to stay and will show me around town next time. I am so happy that I do this hobby and that I get to interact with all kinds of people in all kinds of places. It truly is something special.

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The Red Rock Canyon is an open space that has various trails throughout it. 

If you need a place to run, walk, walk the dog, or just get away for a day then go check it out! Its a nice workout and a good day outside!

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After I had finished up with Castle Bishop and started driving home, I felt like I spent my time wisely. It was nice to be by myself for a while and to just do something that I enjoy. Nobody was bothering me, I didn't have to worry about knowing anybody here, and I felt like a kid again. For that day the Castle became my playground. It was quite nice to have that moment and I felt like treating myself to one last trip to Subway and go myself a footlong Spicy Italian Sub. Now I don't usually eat fast food but since I was on a vacation/work trip I felt like it would be a nice little treat.

So I get subway to go, get in my car, and head back to the apartment. By this time it was dark and I was ready to have a cuddling session with Spice. I get out of the car, get across the playground I have to cut through, go inside the apartment and get to the door. I'M about the put the key in the lock when the door flies open and my friend greets me. His roommate is in the kitchen. I come inside and say hello. I put my stuff down and wait for a second for someone to say something. It was odd that they would just open the door and just let me in like that. It was almost like they were waiting for me.

I straight up and my friend goes "We need to talk about your cat" and Of course momma bear comes out. I turn and start looking for Spice. "Ok well what did you do?" Now for the sake of this I am not going to name them. I'M gonna call me friend Stan and call his roommate Kenny.


Frustrated and taken off guard Stan replies "My fault?" and laughs a little. Not wanting to state the obvious because I can smell the poop in the apartment, I go in the kitchen and run into Kenny. I greet him and ask where Spice is. He points to the corner of the cabinet area and low and behold, there she is. Shes growling, shes in a corner and she's hissing at my friends every move. So just to try and calm her down I approach her and she straightens a little and rubs against my hand. So while my focus is on her for a second I go for the plunge.


"So what happened?


I hear Stan make a noise and then take a deep breath. I straighten as I wait for his reply. He starts off on this rant about how she pooped on the carpet and attacked him and how there was blood on the wall. Kenny takes his que and slowly makes his way to his room. So I wait and he keeps going. "I was trying to get her out of the bathroom and out of the toilet because I don't want heer in the toilet. There's litter everywhere and I was trying to close the bathroom door so I tried to get her out of there. I had to then chase her out of the room and I tried to isolate her because she started going crazy so that I can calm her down."


I don't know how much he knows about cats, I don't know if he had listened to me when I first came into this apartment, I don't even know if he actually considered my warnings about how Spice was going to be very cautious around them and to not agitate her. To leave her alone. Well if he didn't get it when I first got to the apartment, then he sure did now.

Taking a deep breath I tried to explain. "You can't just chase her out places like that." scoffing Stan throws back "I don't want litter everywhere and she's creating a mess by throwing it everywhere and then pooping on my carpet!"


Me: "Look you can't just close off areas just because she's making a mess. Thats not ok and chasing her out of places just so you can keep a door closed is not ok to do to her. Not only that but the litter box is in there"


Stan:" I'm not doing that!"


me:"Yes you are, by chasing her out of a room."


Stan: "I'M trying to be reasonable"


Me: "That's not reasonable!"


Stan: "I just don't want all the mess that is final"


(this is not exact to the fight we had but this was the basics.)

Sitting there and petting Spice to calm her down more I looked at him and shook my head slightly. He just doesn't understand and because of that I did the only option I had left. I told him I would find another place to stay. I don't think he was expecting that result but when it comes to my baby, not listening to me when I gave specific instructions, and just being rude is not something that I tolerate. After a little bit silence he told me I could leave if I wanted and so I got to work on eating my dinner and called my dad. I wanted a second pair of eyes out there looking at the prices of places to stay and with his extra help I knew that I would find a good place to crash. Once I hung up with my dad I went to eating my sandwich and started ignoring Stan's pacing. I knew that Kenny was listening and staying low. This was a fight between us and as far as I knew Kenny wasn't involved.


After a bit Stan came back into the kitchen and told me I didn't have to go if I didn't want to. I listened as he talked and started to be more calm about the situation. In truth I don't know much about what he went through but I did know that he was a friend from Elementary school and that he went through a lot in the military. He's a veteran now, looking for a new start in this state. Unfortunately though I don't know what he is going through because I did join the military and I haven't gone through what he has gone through so, sadly I didn't feel like that was a good enough excuse for anything.


We came to talking about cats and what they are like when they are in stressful situations and we talked it out. We laid down new ground rules for the house and made sure that he listened this time when it came to my specific instructions when interacting with Spice. Isolating a cat that has no idea who the people are and is doing something new for the first time, is to be best left alone and approached with care. It's not an easy task but it can be done. So if you don't know much about cats or your interacting with someone else's cat, please listen if that person is trying to let you know how that cat reacts to new people or new places. Respect and trust are earned not given.

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Now I love finding new places to check out. It gives me a sense of wonder and makes me excited to go out and about for the day while I go and find this new treasure that is waiting to be seen. So while I was on the internet, looking for things to do I found this place called Castle Bishop. It is amazing and from the pictures it looks like my kind of location. So while I was looking around for information on the place I noticed that there wasn't anything on if I could bring Spice with me or not so, just to play it safe I left her back at the apartment for her to relax and take it easy while momma went to go play.

So taking my camera gear, my phone, wallet and of course my shades, I headed out in the car to this place that was an hour and a half away. Let me tell you that I was suspicious while driving there so I entered the coordinates twice on two different apps to make sure that it was correct. When I got it verified I felt a little calmer about the situation. It was a beautiful drive and once you get on the mountain road the service cuts out and you are on your own.

It was beautiful and the snow looked very fresh. Taking it slow but staying optimistic I finally made it to my destination. From across the street it was hard to tell what the structure looked like but, once you got past the bushes and everything then it opens up to you and reveals this great big Castle that has crazy structures on it. Part of me was super nervous about this sudden expedition but, I was also really excited.

Right from the very beginning I noticed the way the structure was made. It was mostly concrete and had staircases that spiraled up and up. When you first enter you notice the big great room that you are in and even though it's empty it still feels like there is something special and hidden. It's a strange feeling but it's also like I am revisiting my childhood. The times when we used to play games where you stormed the castle and took the other players down. We used to make up all kinds of games but there was usually a base or a castle of some kind and we used to let our little minds take over and create the fantasy.

As I explored this place and took a closer look I noticed that the spiral staircases were made out of a metal frame and the only thing holding it up is the fact that the metal was literally going into the concrete walls. Even though it seemed safe I felt very nervous climbing the stairs. The other fun part about this place is the bridge at the top of the castle and the tallest tower. The bridge though was another thing entirely. It was a metal frame that arched and came to a stop at a post that was made out of metal work. The beginning of the bridge had metal frames going into the concrete. It was sketchy but being careful I decided to walk on the bridge. Right from the beginning I noticed how wobbly it was and even though I could have sworn I was going to die from it collapsing I went all the way to the other end. NOw I am not deathly afraid of heights but, the fear is still something that I am working on and I can tell you that after about fifteen minutes of being on that metal bridge I started to calm down and take in the scenery. It was wobbly but if it wasn't safe then they wouldn't have left it open.

After I made my way across the bridge I went up in the metal dome. It's the same concept of the bridge and was also wobbly just not as much. It had more of a structure and even though it was very cool to be in I also knew that having a lot of people on here at once would most likely collapse the thing. While I was on this adventure I also ran into two girls who were very friendly and took some pictures for me. They commented on the heights and we got along pretty decently. They gave some encouragement and we toured part of the castle together.

Once I did everything in the first tower, I headed down and started up the second tower. It took a little longer and this one had no hand rail. You had to use your hand and hunch down to make your way up the staircase but I will say that it was so worth the climb. At the top I ran into the two girls who were just about to head down. They pointed out the structure at the top of the tower. It was a small staircase and it had only a seat at the top. NO railing, no safety net, nothing. Feeling brave and curious, I went slowly up the steps. My insides were screaming that I was an idiot and that I needed to go down to the ground right this instant but my curious side and the view...well I went to the top and sat there. It was magnificent and I can understand why someone would build something like this and make this castle so interesting.

If you ever get to go To Colorado Springs and need something to do (and don't mind the drive out of town) then go check out castle Bishop. It's worth the visit and it was quite spectacular to be in. Next time I am going there for a photoshoot in the castle.

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After we went and did Red Rock Canyon we decided the next day to take it easy and just rest for the day. It was cloudy outside and it also was the day I needed to go for my run. So we spent the day hanging out at the apartment and did what we needed to do. Really it was a nice day after two days of going out and about the town and doing so much. Taking a break every once in awhile is much needed and for me it felt nice to be able to sit down and edit my videos and write a few posts. Spice hung out with me while I was at the apartment. Later on that afternoon I decided to go ahead and head to the gym since it was a little too cold for my tastes, and slightly drizzling.

So I put on my work clothes, found the nearest Planet Fitness and went to the gym. Usually I don't spend the money to go to a gym since I only run as my general form of exercise but on days where I know I can't do three miles because of the weather conditions then I go out of my way to make sure I get my miles in. The lady at the desk explained all their promotions and even though I want to join the Black Card Membership so I can get into any planet fitness when I travel....I also didn't want to start a line of credit at that time. So with much sadness I paid the fee for the day and went into the gym.

I hate treadmills but I understand why they were invented. It was for weather conditions like snow, hail, thunderstorms, and just natural convenience to possibly have it in your home. The idea is wonderful but the actual concept and really running on one is hard for me to manage. I'm always slower on a treadmill and I get bored after a mile of running. You’re not going anywhere, you're not seeing anything interesting, just a wall or a tv while you run in place. not Exactly my cup of tea but every once in awhile I can handle it.

After doing my time on that horrible contraption I headed back to the apartment. It was a nice ending to a day that seemed to slow and slightly boring but in a state like Colorado you can easily pass the time with chilling and smoking. And yes I have been smoking while I have been here. It’s been wonderful.

Break days are days where you can enjoy your time and go your own pace. Two days of running around on the town and a day of planning, editing and just doing your other daily activities is exactly what I need.

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