Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller

Adrian and I spoke sometime in 2020. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I felt like reaching out to him while the sky was falling around us. I’m sure that I was still in deep denial about how long COVID would be around. I’d watched his work with a lot of interest. As a foodie, I paid attention to his work and finally after seeing Adrian on the show Somewhere South, I knew it was time for a conversation. In listening to the episode I wish I would have asked questions like: How do you think the pandemic is impacting the experience of food? And what will our food story be coming out of this time? Luckily, Adrian ended up on a new show that captured my imagination and touched on those questions. You can see him as a historical expert on “High on the Hog” a 4 part series on Netflix about the African-American contribution to American food. It’s a must watch.

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Show Notes

  • Colorado native Adrian Miller “The Soul Food Scholar” Dropping Knowledge Like Hot Biscuits!
  • His side-hustle is writing books about food.
  • How on earth did Adrian become a self-taught food scholar especially coming from Colorado that didn’t have an innovative food culture.
  • His parents were a part of the great migration of African-Americans moving out of the South to other parts of the US. That influenced his food experience.
  • John Egerton’s comment about never having seen a preeminent book on the history of Black food
  • I ask about how he’s experienced the changing food scene in Colorado.
  • Difficulty growing and cultivating food may have been a barrier to establishing a Colorado food scene.
  • Denver Food Security Council here in Denver and we’re becoming a lot more conscious about the conversation around advocating for folks and keeping them feed.
  • I ask the quintessential Colorado question for people who grew up here.
  • Adrian shares what it’s like to go out in the world as a Black Coloradan
  • 1860’s a group of Black men fought for the right to vote in Colorado
  • Gentrification in Denver is an issue for Colorado cultural identity
  • Black people are everywhere LOL!
  • Robert Smith, the Billionaire is from Denver.
  • Pueblo Chili vs. Hatch Chili-Why doesn’t the Pueblo Chili get as much love. Pueblo does host the Pueblo Chili and Frijoles Festival and it’s happening September 24-26, 2021
  • I ask Adrian the following question in two different ways.
    • What would you tell someone who is looking to move here?
    • What would you tell a POC who is looking to move here?
  • We talk about the City of Aurora-it has an incredible food scene. You can get almost any type of food that you can think of.
  • What Adrian’s top 3 bbq places in Denver right now (do you agree)
    • Owl Bear
    • Boney’s
    • Roaming Buffalo

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Crested Butte

A Conversation with Josh F. from Travel Crested Butte

More often than not, when people think of Colorado mountain towns they immediately think of Vail or Aspen. Towns like Crested Butte, Leadville, and Ouray rarely make the list. Not because they aren’t amazing, but because these towns are often overlooked because they aren’t on rich girl TikTok. It’s probably a good thing. Crested Butte is my favorite mountain and in this episode I speak with Josh Fetterman, founder, Travel Crested Butte.

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Show Notes

  • My favorite mountain is Crested Butte, a diamond in the rough.
  • Josh Fetterman introduces himself founder of Travel Crested Butte
  • He shares how he ended up in Crested Butte and how he started his company.
  • His first visit started a lifelong love of the town.
  • 2013 was the turning point in his journey to living in CB full-time
  • I wonder how he noticed the “gap” in online content on Crested Butte. Basically, how did he start his business and recognize the opportunity to build his business.
  • What makes Crested Butte unique?
    • Locally run businesses
    • No national retailers
    • Nature and nice people
  • Travel Crested Butte leads with the visitor in mind
  • I share briefly how I experienced CB while hanging out at Camp 4 Coffee.
  • What exactly does Travel Crested Butte do?
    • They do not book trips or anything like that.
  • The influence of Instagram on travel and increased tourism
  • How is Crested Butte different than other CO mountain towns? Why choose CB vs. the other?
    • Recommendation: spend at least 1 week there due to location
  • Wildflower capital of Colorado

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Travel Crested Butte (cont.)

  • How has COVID impacted visiting Crested Butte? What should we be aware of?
  • Crested Butte was one of the first places in the US to have a spike in cases. Likely due to international and intrastate travel to the town.
  • Josh shares how the town worked to protect the town’s citizens.
  • Vaccination rollout and mask ordinances. July 1st (ish) should be when most restrictions to capacity will be lifted
  • What should POC anticipate about visiting this town?
  • I share my experience with Josh
  • He shares some tips for those of you who would like to visit during the summer season.
  • Josh recommends visiting during early June and late August/September outside of high season.
  • Sustainability focus and watch your poo

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Blackpackers Founder Patricia Cameron

Blackpackers with Patricia Cameron

It may surprise you but there is a large segment of Coloradans who don’t enjoy the outdoors on a regular basis. In fact, there is a large number of people (including myself) who learned how to ski as adults because they couldn’t afford to learn to ski as kids. For families of color, in particular, not only is access to the outdoors a frustrating mix of safety concerns and transportation challenges. There’s also the often forgotten conversation related to the cost of equipment needed to enjoy a majority of activities outdoors. If you want to camp, thruhike, climb you need good equipment in order to enjoy these activities. The following conversation discusses this issue and my hope is that it broadens your awareness of the ongoing issues related to accessibility and the outdoors.

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Show Notes

  • Patricia Cameron the founder and Executive Director of Blackpackers introduces herself
  • What is Blackpackers and the mission?
  • The impact of finances on access to outdoor spaces. How Blackpackers is working through barriers to entry
  • Patricia shares a hilarious 1st time backpacking story and every time I think about it I laugh. What wasn’t funny is the fact that she had to work overtime in order to afford the equipment.
  • I wonder why backpacking called to Patricia as an activity to enjoy.
  • I ask about what was scary about backpacking for the first time.
  • What about backpacking continued to attract her after the hilarious first trip?
  • She shares the amazing “buy in” to her non-profit. If you build it they will come.
  • How can we support Blackpackers?
    • Money!
    • Spread the word
  • If I’m looking to use Blackpackers, how does it work?
    • Sign up for the email list or join the Facebook group
  • I wonder if it’s possible to access the gear outside of the regular events?
  • Patricia was preparing to do the Colorado Trail at the time that we recorded this interview. I ask why she’s decided to do it? She shares her love of the state in her comments.
  • Suburus and Chacos (Sweet Jesus)
  • Why is it important for people of color to experience the outdoors?
    • Generational trauma and the connection to the Outdoors. Why it’s so important to have this conversation.
  • POC and the fear of being in outdoor spaces. This is an important conversation.
    • This is why Blackpackers events are done in community.
  • What is the worst and best thing about living in Colorado?
  • I distract us and share that I’m heading to Salida, Colorado for a staycation.
  • Social media and the normalization of POC faces in outdoors spaces. But, bias during outdoor interactions is still a huge issue. Btw, Patricia hates Instagram.
    • She mentions the Christian Cooper and Amy Cooper case in her comments and the Ahmad Arbery murder while jogging.
  • We talk about her Colorado Trail trip and Patricia talks about a previous outdoor experience and making connections while on the trail.
  • Fellowship vs. gatekeeping of outdoor experiences
  • What’s the worst and best thing about living in Colorado as a person of color.

In Case You’re Wondering

Patricia did complete the entire Colorado Trail during the summer of 2020 while COVID raged on around us. It has taken me almost a year to publish this and a number of other episodes that I recorded last year. At the time that we had this conversation we didn’t know how crazy things would get moving forward. I decided that now was a great time to finally release this episode because it’s almost summer. There are a number of incredible communities connecting Black/Brown and other marginalized communities with outdoor spaces often with allied support.

Nature has been the space where I clear my mind, connect with my most creative ideas and meet new people. A couple of weeks after that conversation I went on a backpacking trip with a local hiking group. It was incredible. I was the slowest person in the group. But, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. At first, I felt badly about being so slow. Then I realized that we all move at our own pace. Because I was the slowest in the group myself and two other hikers got to see two bull mooses (meese?) 500 feet from the end of the trail. I loved reading about Patricia’s experiences on the trail and watching the television coverage of her amazing experience.

For the parents out there I highly recommend reaching out to day camps and other programs to see if they have scholarships available for you to apply for. I would not have had the experiences that I did outdoors if my mom didn’t apply for those scholarships for me. Fewer people than you think are applying for available scholarships. Just make applying for scholarship funds a part of your regular routine. Sooner or later your kids will likely be awarded one.

Related Episodes

  • The Digital Green Book

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Outdoor Resources

Finally, if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors and are looking for community here are a few groups to check out. They may have chapters in your neck of the woods.

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Digital Green Book

Digital Green Book

I’m a huge fan of the show Lovecraft Country. The show is set in the 1950’s and the family at the center of the show publishes a Travel book. This book is specifically to assist Black motorists driving around the part of the United States that the family lives in. This exploration is key to the events that occur during the show. What does this have to do with today’s conversation? It’s the genesis of everything that my two guests are in the process of creating. I love this episode and I hope you leave with a deeper understanding of the project, why it’s still relevant and hopefully support the project in some sort of way.

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Show Notes

  • The dynamic duo shares how they met. It’s hilarious.
    • The 6 degrees of separation in CO is really 1 degree
  • What are sundown towns? Unfortunately, they still exist.
  • The Negro Motorist Greenbook published from 1936-1960
  • Crystal came up with an updated idea
  • They discuss the issue of unconscious bias and interactions
  • Parker and Crystal bring up an idea that I found incredibly intriguing. The business case for inclusion.
  • The ladies share how the Digital Green Book differs from the original resource.
  • The Yelp for Inclusivity
  • The Digital Greenbook has one of the stated goals of quantifying the lived experiences of discomfort of visible identities.
  • Crystal shares an intensely personal experience of preparing to avoid problems in new spaces.
  • And Crystal shares her unique experience of hunting as a person of color and how it amplified anxieties related to her personal safety in unknown interactions in primarily white spaces.
    • Is it really your 2nd Amendment Right?
  • We laugh about how people are surprised to find that people of color are in Colorado
  • What type of demographic data are the ladies looking to collect in order to make a substantive business case for diversity and inclusion.
  • I wonder about what the response has been.
  • The economic reality of launching a platform like this. It’s not cheap.
  • Pondering the experience of otherness
  • We end the show with a hilarious TMI moment

Related Episodes

  • Blackpackers with Patricia Cameron-To be released 5/19/2021

Mentioned During the Show

The Epic Guide to Moving to Colorado

Connect with Parker and Crystal

If you would like to support and share the Digital Green Book project or just follow what the ladies are up to check out the links below.

  • Beta Launch City: Denver, CO June 19, 2021 (Juneteenth) Sign up to support and participate in the launch.

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I love Colorado local coffee shops for so many reasons. Besides brewing great coffee and community they were the only places that I could work from for the past year (for the most part). The various patios around town were a welcome space to work on Square State and my other online projects. Please support this work with a one time or ongoing donation. Buy Me a Coffee today and I’ll share your name and which coffee shop I enjoyed on you! Also, the donations go towards my time and the cost of running the show.

Denver Is Getting Sloppy

Denver, You’re Getting a Little Sloppy

I went to high school in Denver and when I say that there are moments when I’m shocked by the city’s growth I’m serious. I remember cruising around town, seriously, like in the movies. Going to teen clubs after answering a ridiculous number of questions and leaving my friend’s parents’ information with my mom. I remember working in Tabor Center downtown when it still had a food court and shopping at 5-7-9. I remember how safe and clean Denver was. Then, it grew. In this episode I talk share my thoughts on Denver’s grow and how Denver and Colorado remind me of the fun aunt who’s always a little sloppy. You know, the one who takes you out for your first drink behind your parents’ back and always has slightly smudged lipstick. Denver, you’re getting a little sloppy it’s time for an intervention.

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This episode is sponsored by the following book “Time to Visit Denver” If you’re wondering what it’s like to visit Denver and the state of Colorado during COVID, I’ve put together a guide on what to expect. If you’re not interested in wearing a mask, we’re not interested in having you visit. Sorry not sorry.

Show Notes

  • Growth is always uncomfortable and in the case of Denver’s growth, I think it has caught a lot of long-term residents off-guard.
  • We were hicks and used to being considered fly over country.
  • People had no idea what was in Colorado other than mountains and skiing.
  • Then, the first waves of Californians and Texans looking for a nice place to live that cost less started moving in.
  • I’ll never forget being a little girl and meeting a lady from Texas who truly frightened me. She had a bouffant and blue-eye shadow. She was actually a nice lady but it was a lot to take in for a little kid used to Boulder hippies.
  • With the growth came more development, traffic, and those damn scooters.
  • Tagging became an extracurricular sport around town for some and the people who used to hangout and squat around town soon got overrun by an overwhelming number of homeless neighbors.
  • We legalized pot and even though things eventually calmed down, the first three years sucked. Seriously, they did.
  • In fact, even though it wasn’t a big deal to us that we embraced a number of progressive policies that sometimes even had me shaking my head in bemusement there was a point where I began to feel like we’d gotten a little sloppy.

What Is Lost in the Conversation about Colorado

  • I wish that there were more immediate conversations about the quality of life and how most residents love living here.
  • Or, that Colorado is consistently in the top 5 for healthiest Americans
  • But, sometimes it feels like anything goes here and people from other states have somehow gotten that memo not understanding that we do respect rules and regulations here in Colorado.
  • Yes, you can go topless as a woman in Colorado…but, that only happens a couple of times a year. Don’t take my word for it, check the law.
  • Yes, voters voted to decriminalized mushrooms in Denver. But, for medicinal purposes not just to do it. Check that law too!
  • Driving now involves constantly guessing what the other drivers are going to do because they’ve stopped signaling. Initially, I thought it was my imagination. Then, I started speaking with other drivers who confirmed that I wasn’t losing it. People had stopped using their signals.
  • All the freaking scooters. I’ll admit that I hate the scooters, I truly do. But, I hate the scooters because of what users have been doing.
    • Leaving their scooters in the middle of walkways that impede usage for wheelchair users, people with strollers, etc.
    • Zipping around in the street in giant scooter packs. I’ve only seen this in downtown Downtown Denver and I think that’s because of the GPS settings on the scooters.

So, with this list of sloppiness what’s the one thing that I wish would change ASAP. People, I need you to signal when driving. Seriously, I just need that one thing. I’m not psychic and if I was I would be making a ton of money reading fortunes. Denver, I love you even though you’re sloppy. Stay fun. Put your shirts back on.