August 19, 2017

My Time In Woodland Park

Since my journey began two Octobers ago I have enjoyed every second working for News of Woodland Park. From walking door to door getting to know the local business owners to staff meetings and brainstorming. Photographing and watching the Donkey Basketball game was a highlight of 2016. The annual cow wrangling competitions were eye opening to say the least but I was able to learn about traditions within this close knit community and even participate at times. Interacting with passionate volunteers and attending events at the Ute Pass Cultural Center both inspired and enlightened me. Being a part of this community has been an honor in so many ways such as working for and sharing news of Habitat for Humanity of Teller County through News of Woodland Park. These experiences have left everlasting impressions on my heart: celebrating a Broncos Superbowl win at the Country Lodge with some diehard fans, dressing up through the entire month of aoctober while serving the foodie community at Carmen, learning of fantastic local and original music of Qmanity at the home of the world’s greatest beer cheese soup, UPBC.
How lucky was I to be a part of something much bigger than I and to get to work a great mentor, colleague, friend, and Woodland Park native and guru, Trevor Phipps. Thanks for helping me to create life long connections and memories here in Woodland Park!
The Christmas parade and fireworks off of Pikes Peak were my favorite traditions and I can’t wait to come back to first mountain town I ever called home, Woodland Park. Your quaint and creative nature will flow through Pikes Peak as you keep the essence of Tava alive.
By Alyssa Baker To read more articles visit spacelyss.wordpress.com

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