There Is a Back Alley- Caddo Mills, Texas

there is a back alley

color here, east texas

color here, east texas caddo mills

behind the furniture store

on the rooftops, caddo mills texas

this back alley

give me the window, romeo

green here, in the back alley

Open, in the back alley

I have wandered the mad streets of NYC, the crooked cow paths of Boston, sprawled down the gravity defying hills of San Francisco, and chased friends down countless carefully cultivated suburbs… but, this tiny little town in the middle of East Texas Nowhere, it had the most beautiful back alley i’ve ever come across.

I wandered into this town after my jaunt in Farmersville , parking the car in the slightly shady lot of a discount dollar store that had mustachioed guys hanging out of huge trucks with badly drawn tattoos lining their slightly greased up arms. The dust swirled in the warm air from passing trucks and I wondered if maybe this would be a bust, if perhaps I shouldn’t get back in the car and keep going elsewhere. I also wondered, after wandering down this back alley with glittering broken glass scattered here and there in the brilliantly green grass, if maybe this would also be the town I finally got a shotgun to the face for mistakenly trespassing onto private property. (This is more common than you would think…..the mistaken jaunt onto private property I mean, not the shotgun. Although, shotguns ARE very common here of course)

Thankfully, I found only hidden gems of light and lushness, and not a one shotgun to be seen. I know it would be easy to see this place as something ugly, to turn the lens a different way, to use a different filter and write at length about the decay of these small almost-no-name towns and the problems that plague them at length but…it can be JUST as easy, if you have the mind for it, to turn your eyes into multi-layered viewers and appreciate the life thriving here. I don’t seek to romanticize small town life, but I also don’t find joy in tearing it down. I just want to be able to see the beauty that surrounds me, anywhere I find myself.

~m

And They Built Here…- Creede, Colorado

Bachelor Tour, in the mountains near Creede Colorado Bachelor Tour Start, Creede ColoradoKeep out! landscape fables and coffeelook up into Creede colorado, the color here little gems, Creede Colorado The mountain, Creede Mountainlittle houses, creede Colorado Old mining town, Creede Colorado buried in the past, Creede Colorado down by the river, Creede colorado on the side of the cliff, Creede Colorado  Up look up at those skies,Creede Colorado These things we built, creede colorado
And we built here, and we lived here and time has not erased our legacy…

We stopped here, in this area bordering Creede, Colorado for just a little bit. The storm clouds were heading in from the east and while the sun had burned a shadow on my neck earlier, we knew the weather here was fickle and we had best start our journey back to our lodge before the skies came down on us.

The area was deserted for the most part, and my shoes kept dipping and getting stuck in the hard ground while the sound of the river echoed on the canyon walls. It was the kind of beauty that just chips away at everything till you’re just left in the moment and wide awake.

~m

Lets go to Colorado- Stay Awake All Night, Climb Mountains All Day

Night sky at the reststop
These Flags and Trains, Trinidad Colorado
My kind of freedom
Pizza at the Shaft (seriously)
The Great Divide!
Lobo Overlook, Colorado
These mountains, Colorado
The best burger we had in Colorado the pilars of woods here, Colorado
Brian in the San Juan Mountains
Moss covered rocks, Colorado
the landscape here Coffeehouse cafe
In my Pj, the cat was friendly
Breakfast of champions
Gas station dreamin'

So by now, it’s a known fact that I can never document my travel-adventure-whathaveyou things even close to the time they happen. But in between my day job, keeping up with friends and loved ones, the crap-top of creative projects i’ve got going on, not to mention my yawning cavern of endless procrastination skills, its sorta the best I can do. Anyways, with that being said, these photos were taken in August, and they’re just a brief overview of the time me and my bf spent in the San Juan Mountains region of Colorado. For the little time we spent there, just 3 days, we covered a lot of ground and over the next 2 weeks i’ll be posting more detailed posts of the areas I dragged him through- ehem I mean, of the areas we willingly explored together.

~m

Ah life. (Aka, what happens when you throw your hands up in the air and let be)

Ah life. (Aka, what happens when you throw your hands up in the air and let be)

Well, attempts to control events in my life and plan things like my future better have gone by the wayside. But, since currently nothing is on fire, I’ve got money in my pocket and my cars wheels are still rolling, I think I can breathe and just let stuff be.

Amid the craziness of looking for a better day job, planning my 10 day east coast trip with Kat the Magnificent (so far NYC and Boston are solid destinations, everything else is wonderfully up in the air, and a rental car has been reserved for added exploration!), trying to finish various art projects and also keep up with my friends and penpals, trying to find a ribbon of calm can be a frustrating endeavor. But you can find joy in the clutter and madness, and i’m finding I can ride the wave of energetic nuttiness that life brings to those who live on the edges of “normalcy” rather well, and honestly, i’m pretty happy here on the outer rings of a constellation of adventures.

~m