Monthly Archives: May 2010

Rocky Mountain High

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So I have never blogged in my life before and I am really not much of a facebook user so all of this is new to me. Since it is my first time I will talk about something that I love and I can talk a lot about, The Rocky Mountains. As a lover of all out doors activities I can speak volumes of the Rockies. I am mostly a skier and in the summer an off-roader/dirtbiker, but I have also been know to go white water rafting, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and rock climbing.

Snowshoeing in Montezuma

Skiing at Breck

As a child I pretty much spent equal parts in Mexico City as I did in Keystone, CO. My parents claim I was on skis when I was three and have never stopped loving it since. Skiing is one of my passions. I have skied at elevations upwards of 13,000 ft and have jumped several times my height into waist deep powder. I must say that the turn of seasons from spring to summer makes me sad because I cant ski anymore, but I can definitely go off-roading. This brings me to my second passion, Enduro Cross motorcycles. After the winter and springs seasons have passed and the warm mountain air moves into the high alpine terrain of the Rockies I bust out my 250 pd 450cc motorcycle. It is really an amazing experience to go up a mountain that you usually ski down on

Going up a very steep mountain.

Enduro bikes are an exhilarating adventure. There is something that just gets me about the high alpine terrain. Maybe it is because I watch Bear Gryllz way too much and I am addicted to how an Englishman says “here in the high alpine terrain of (blank” I usually insert my own surrounding, i.e. “here in the high alpine terrain of Montezuma Colorado, it only takes one wrong turn, and you’re dead.” As you will be able to see on the videos of myself in the high alpine terrain completely wiping out on my dirt bike, don’t hurry I have never been hurt (knock on wood). Anyway, enjoy the pictures I have posted and the videos as well. Some of them have a car in them “the magic School bus” and some are pictures of me and some friends on chairlifts and snowshoeing etc. Feel free to laugh at my falls.

‘Til next time,

Diego

Garden Level Life

I am a self-proclaimed ‘blogaholic’. I will be the first to admit that during my college years, my blog reading has quickly become the perfect study break, escape, and my personal favorite, guilty pleasure. I am always impressed by how honest, whimsical, and witty blog writers are, and have found it easier to stay connected ‘behind the scenes’, always being the anonymous reader, never leaving comments, simply reading once in a while daily, and moving on. So, when we, as CC Admission Fellows, were asked to join the student blogging crew this summer, I was excited terrified. MY writing? On the INTERNET? Of which ANYONE can read? No way. But, here you have it. Enjoy. I am excited to see what you have to say.

As far as blogs go, here are some of my favorites (because I know you all were waiting with baited breath):

Brave New Words: The world travels of my big sis, Meg. Brilliant writer, brilliant girl.
Life Behind a Lens: The fantastic Denali Johnson, little person, BIG heart. Shout out, D!
Hootenannie: Miss Annie Parsons; singer, songwriter, and all around beauty.
The SHU box: A glimpse into the daily life of Sarah, a pediatric resident.
Post Secret: My Sunday morning tradition.
DOOCE: If there was a monarchy in the blogging world, she would be queen.

On tap for Summer 2010:

-Rachel and Jeremy’s wedding
-House sitting here, house sitting there
-Mom and Dad’s 26th wedding anniversary (holy guacamole)
-Megan’s 24th birthday
-APARTMENT MOVE IN! Pictures to follow…
-Boston to visit my lovelies, Emily Brenner and Amanda Saunders
-DISNEYWORLD with Mama and Meg Berry
-Inclining
-Fellowing with the ever fabulous Jacquie, Meg, Diego and Nate (also bloggers, check them out!)
-Tri training (tri season is upon us, people)
-Yogaing (I am well aware this isn’t a real word…but you get it, right?)
-Entertaining (=BBQing) with the sassy Meredith Smith

Fun, right? But I am convinced that this list would be more fun with:

This.

And one of these.

A pair of these.

And this beauty.

I also met some kids who spoke Navajo today. Pretty neat. Okay, REALLY neat.

Happy Summer, y’all! Rock it out.

NACA

Today sophomore students from the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visited CC on their college tour of Colorado. I was lucky enough to be able to give these students a tour of campus, eat lunch with them, and learn more about their lives. I had never heard of NACA until today, but was extremely impressed by the mission of the academy and its students.

NACA is a relatively new charter school that serves grades six through twelve, and is graduating its first senior class this year. The academy resulted from a huge collaboration between many community leaders – including educators, parents, and professionals throughout Albuquerque, – who recognized the growing population of Native American communities in urban areas and realized that, through this shift, these people were losing their connections to their heritages. The goal behind NACA is to provide public education to Native American students while sustaining their identities, cultures, and traditions.

The students who visited the CC campus all had really cool perspectives on life and were very in touch with their heritages. When introducing themselves, the students were able to share their names, tribes, clans, schools, and ages in their respective Native tongues. It was an especially awesome and humbling experience for me – hearing languages I had never heard before coming from the mouths of high school sophomores. At NACA, teachers don’t teach the foreign languages that are traditionally taught at the secondary level in U.S. schools (like French, German, and Spanish), but rather focus on three Native languages. While at lunch, I sat with a few students who eagerly talked in Navajo and then translated for me what they said, describing different accents and tones they used.

It was amazing to see these kids so excited about what they were learning and see how connected their identities are to the curriculum. And I have to admit that I’m a little jealous of them – their school sounds so cool. They know so much about who they are and where they come from, in a way that few high school students (or people, for that matter) ever experience. I really hope that I’ll see some of them at CC very soon.

Summer Cordon Bleu

During 8th block, my amazing friend Megan Helseth showed me a great website, Stumble Upon, that presents users with other randomized websites based upon the user’s interests. At the time, we were up pretty late editing video for our final project for our anthropology course. Well, I was hankering for a late night snack and that caused me to check the categories “cooking” and “food” on Stumble. This was simultaneously a horrible and wonderful decision–horrible, because the first website that came up distracted me from the project for the rest of the night, and wonderful, because that website reignited my passion for cooking, which will keep me busy all summer.

TasteSpotting entices you with a gallery of mouthwatering photos of various gourmet dishes, and clicking on a photo rewards you with its corresponding recipe. There are very creative recipes here–baby back ribs with strawberry glaze–for example. Then there are more conventional ones–delicious pad thai, perhaps? And then some weird, but probably tasty ones–peanut butter and bacon cookies, anyone?

My cousin who also goes to CC is staying with us for a couple weeks, and since she’s vegetarian, my omnivorous family and I looked to TasteSpotting for some veggie enlightenment. Our first hit was grilled fruit and veggie kebabs, which we came up with ourselves using one of our favorite marinades. Cantaloupe tastes a bit odd when grilled, but we learned that bosc pear is fantastic when lightly charred.

fried avocados are delishAs an appetizer we made fried avocados (two CC friends’ suggestion). We sliced the avocado flesh into quarters (lengthwise), bathed them in buttermilk momentarily, coated them in a mixture of flour, panko crumbs, and spices, and then fried them in canola oil. We whipped up a dipping sauce comprised of miso paste, orange juice, curry, honey and a bit of mayonnaise. After letting the avocados cool and drain on a paper towel for a minute, we dove in and the results were truly heavenly. Heated up, the avocado’s flavor intensified and played very well with the pepper and garlic powder in the batter. In combination with our refreshing citrus-miso dipping sauce, this was a killer appetizer that we made without a recipe. The picture I took does not do these sumptuous morsels justice, but it gives a basic depiction of the concept–the concept of delicious.

The next culinary adventure on our to-cook agenda is seared watermelon steaks. I’m probably not going to go Julie and Julia style here and post all my trials and tribulations in the context of recipes, but I may just keep a recipe-of-the-week going.

Until next time…

Italia

In 3 days I will be embarking upon CC’s Summersession Italy. I love Colorado, but really I can’t wait. It’s been a good transition thus far…school ended last wednesday and since then I’ve done some rafting and kayaking with friends (class IV numbers, and the pine creek section of the arkansas) and some play boating in Buena Vista. My knee is still messed up, so no frisbee still, but I’m doing a lot of physical therapy and hopefully the time off athletics this summer will be the cure. I’m beginning research on the Watson application (imagine getting 25,000 dolalrs to explore your passion for a year!). Egads.
Anyhow, the hardest thing about the end of academic year has been twofold. One, saying goodbye to senior friends (who I technically should have graduated with had I not taken almost the whole year off), and packing for the inbetween time of this week. I needed to know how much stuff to bring to italy, but needed alot of the stuff for this week. I know it sounds dumb but it’s the truth! Think of it as a venn diagram limited to the space in my/my friend’s car.
Anyhow, as I was saying….Italy. Eight weeks in Ravenna, wine tastings (mandatory field trip) in Tuscany, host families and language schools. I’ve worked every summer since I was 14 so this is definitely going to be a treat. Oh, and my ticket back is for August 20th (program ends July 11), so we’re going traveling….my family lives in scotland so we might visit them, kayaking in the dolomites, hiking in the swiss alps (a friend offered his flat), ampsterdam, techno and friends. I CAN’T WAIT.
Peace,

Clara