Local (Travel)

You’ve heard it once and you’ve heard it again – stay local, buy local, keep it local, local local. Sometimes, you think it’s a little loco.

Here’s the deal, lots of people don’t like where they are in life. Don’t agree? Consider yourself and your friends lucky. Throughout the years people start to question what they really want. Before I get into something that’s a little too existential for this post let me get to the actual point I want to make in this write up. Local can be a word that’s a bit overkill, but I would like to politely remind you that traveling local can be pretty neat – much like nature.

I spent the last two weeks or so taking friends out and showing them around some local Colorado spots. I realize every day when I step outside how lucky I am to live here, but taking friends around make me a beaming bright proud Coloradan (that is what we’re called, right?). What’s interesting to me was not my newfound obsession with my surroundings, but my fascination with finding areas that were unique throughout the entirety of my life thus far.

When I had friends in Iowa who would visit me in Indiana, or friends who visited when I lived in Ohio or near Chicago – it was all the same. I would get all giddy about showing off hidden treasures and local spots I had held near and dear to my heart. Foodie spots, parks and trails, lakes and water features of sorts, and even local areas that were considered haunted. So, with all this out in the open, I invite you to find the local travel spots that YOU like best. Maybe they’re not the ones that appear on the Travel Channel or where headlining bands come to play, but that doesn’t mean they cannot bring immense joy.

We’re all part of this great world, and every bit of it is worth exploring. I hope you find bliss, and if it’s not that intense maybe a good spot for a mini photoshoot on your phone just for the memories.

Cheers if you got my nature reference above, by the way.

Keep trailblazing,



I Graduated!…Now what?

Ahhh the infamous question of – so now what are you really going to do with your life? (As if college students don’t actually live at all).

From a very young age I have always found the phrases of getting to “the real world” repulsive. Why am I not in the real world now? Is what I’m doing not important enough? Also, why do you hate your “real world” job so much anyway – didn’t you pick it?

Seriously if we could all relax on those statements about life after college I think the world would be a better place. The people who say college is the best four years of your life (or sometimes high school) make me really sad. Really, really sad. What made you stop living? And why do you have to compromise with what you’re doing now just because you think you have some timeline to fill in? I obviously have a lot of questions.

Here’s the deal; sometimes people have crappy situations and they can’t help what they get themselves into after college. However, the way I see it is that the human being is a very capable mechanism. Yes, we get trapped in our own brains and think that there are no other options than a nine to five we hate. Yes, we can get stay in our comfort zones that bore us later on in life. And yes, that’s ok. BUT that’s not for me.

My plans are to make a difference (quite simply) and throughout my studies of rainforest deforestation, species loss, alternative forms of fuel, and so on I realized something – it may be less complex than the processes I’ve been looking at. I have always loved art and I have always enjoyed making it. From videos to photography and throwing clay on the wheel – I adore it all. So what you will see on here are more of my art based endeavors. If I move around the country like a banshee, well then you’re coming with me. I am undecided and ever changing – that’s ok with me.

Did I mention I was top 3% of my university? I’m sorry but I had to mention I’m a freaking brainiac and after all this higher education with four schools, four states, and all in four years – I DID IT.

Ok sorry I just had to take a moment…Now I’m blushing.

Your life, your journey.


This is Not an Excuse

…it’s merely an explanation.

For the past few months I have been a little MIA. For those of you who noticed, thank you for sensing my absence and if you have no clue what I’m talking about then read on? Whatever your position is with my website I need to clear the air.

There have been a lot of deaths in my family recently. From very close relatives to life long pets I have not felt this kind of pain all at once in a very long time. I have tried to write up a post about my travels, my videos, and the last of my studies, but quite frankly I have not been able to look over my losses. I know I know, think positive and try to keep your head up. I have. Believe me. My close friends and family understand that this is a situation unthinkable and the amount of death is starting to, in all honesty, scare me.

I’ve tried laughing it all off because it seems unreal to me but here I am. I’ve lost things in my life that I thought I had forever with and although I tried to roll with every punch it’s become too much. I can no longer sit back and not write because we have another family member call us with bad news.

I’m not asking for pity nor am I asking for understanding, really. In fact, this may be too personal to post but what the hell. We’re all human and sometimes when it rains it freaking tsunamis for eight months straight. Unfortunately, life can be very fragile and out of our control.

Thank you for sticking with me.


Past Travels: Egypt at Night


I was lucky enough to visit Egypt long ago and from the moment I left I was heartbroken. The culture, the sights, the obligatory monuments to visited, and the people I conversed with along the way were amazing. I realize that I was younger and a lot of the times was in unsafe areas or situations. However, I won’t lie when I say I made friends with a guard who carried around an AK47 on the bus when I traveled. A simple head nod and a smile and I knew everything was going to be fine. Whether that be naive or not that was my mindset many years ago.

One of the memories I constantly come back to is not seeing The Pyramids or The Sphinx, although they were wonderful and even more glorious than I expected, but I miss the night when we left port. I left the room, when down a hall, and found a spot to sit while I watched Egypt disappear into the night. The sounds of the mosques were echoing and it was perhaps one of the most peaceful moments of my life.

The lights were golden and the breeze was light. Even with all the chaos inside the city of Alexandria everything seemed so serene. I was sad to see this country off but hoped that someday I might see it again.

If not, I’m happy for the memories regardless.


More New York? (Video)

A month later and I’m still catching up with all my New York work. These videos are not only quite a process but they are little memorabilia- if you will. I love looking back through all my footage and putting it together to share with all of you.

Enough of the sappy bits here let’s get to it! If you would like to catch New York Torque – Day 3 click here. I would greatly appreciate a thumbs up and as always if you’d like to stay tuned for more adventures subscribe.

Hope you all enjoy and have a good week!


Finding a Quiet Place


Traveling can get overwhelming for some – and usually I fall into that category on occasions when trips get pretty hectic. Whether you’re going for business or pleasure there is one thing that I hope everyone gets time for and that’s finding moments for yourself.

In the Bahamas I kept my schedule pretty flexible but packed in as much as I could regardless. It was only for a few days and there were things that I really wanted to get done. However, one night while I was attending an island party out on the Blue Lagoon I was feeling a little smothered by all of the events. That’s when I wondered off to find this beauty of a beach.

It was a small area and it was actually closed due to the hide tide and rough waves that were going to come in. Yes, I managed to sneak a few touches of water but I kept (mostly) dry knowing I had to return to the main island later. Others ended up coming around to light some lanterns off in the ocean. Suddenly, I found myself in the company of those making wishes and the sounds of the waves. Everything slowed down. No longer was I lost in the hectic energy, but rather finding a new kind of calm in the company of strangers and the water.

I hope you all find peace. If not today, sometime this week.


Insider Info – Atlantis Poolside Edition

Something every traveler knows, or at least is aware of, is that there are numerous hints and tips that select locations keep to themselves. Perhaps no destination will admit these and only utter certain facts to “rewards members” but nonetheless there always seems to be more than what the generic guidebooks offer.

If you’re nodding along but also thinking “Obviously, Courtney” well I don’t blame you. What’s the best way to get this information though? I have found that today just simply talking to a local near the pool gave me some insider information.

This local, who happened to work on the resort grounds as well, told me all kinds of bits including how they set up the pool in the morning. What was most entertaining were the stories of people who actually came down hours before the pool even opened just to fight with others about chairs, seating, etc. Some people pick the strangest battles.

Other information included when the lines of the slides are down and how to skip other unnecessary steps (like showing your room card at certain areas) were helpful. Granted, I didn’t seek out this information in other ways but it was still nice to gather it from someone who knew what they were talking about.

So here’s to finding out information through one of the best mediums – communication.


Slightly Facing Fears


Day two and I finally got to see what everyone was talking about – the slides. Although they had only been a few steps away the previous night I got to see them in all their glory today in the sunshine.

This photo is not facing them at all, but rather from the base of the “Leap of Faith” and above the underground one. I have to be honest in saying that the line for them was extremely long throughout the day and the shouts didn’t seem too positive. I saw one little girl practically take flight and an older gentleman pass the speed of sound. Ok I may be exaggerating but it was very entertaining nonetheless.

What I’m perhaps most afraid of in this world as far as physical things are sharks. Today I stood next to the glass as they swam by and that was enough for me. Personally, they are the biggest creeps on this earth and their eyes and teeth are just the icing on the cake. If cake was terrifying and ominous in water.

It’s hard telling what all tomorrow will bring for activities and adventures. One thing I know for sure is I’m heading to the ocean again (swimming out there doesn’t phase me – strange isn’t it?). Hope you all are having a fantastic week and going out with a bang!



Hello Bahamas!


It’s my first time in the Bahamas and I have to be honest – I’m disoriented.

Not only did I sleep for just an hour and a half before leaving my house at approximately 4:07am to catch my flight but the days leading up to my departure were filled with rushing to finish school papers, projects, and presentations. Alright enough whining because really – with this view how hard can life be?

I have yet to fully figure out what Atlantis is all about. So far I loved the drive through town and have already been planning my escape from the resort. Does anyone have any suggestions? Feel free to let me know any tips you may have. I’ve looked into a few things but what I’ve gathered is that I should conquer the slides.

We’ll see about that.


Another New York (Video)

Day two was a blast and although it was cold at some points we ended up seeing some really cool sights.

You can check the video out here! Please feel free to subscribe and pass it on to your friends – thanks guys!

What would you do on your second day in NYC?