The state of Colorado is one of the top destinations for people who want to embark on an adventure with nature. It encompasses the majority of the southern Rocky Mountains, the western portion of the Great Plains, and the northeastern region of the Colorado Plateau. There are also historic attractions for lovers of history, such as the cliff dwellings at the Mesa Verde National Park and St. Elmo ghost town.
With the current coronavirus pandemic, however, tourists can’t easily go on a road trip or hop on a plane heading to the Centennial State. Fortunately, there are resources online that can help you enjoy the sights of a place virtually as you look forward to the time when you can travel again without fearing for your health.
While there are many websites that offer images and videos of the various spots in Colorado, the Sawaya Law Firm provides a different type of experience altogether with The Colorado Vibe. Read on to learn more about the platform.
What Is The Colorado Vibe?
The law firm describes its project as a place for locals to share their thoughts and stories about the state. It’s a melting pot of ideas and views that make Colorado unique. After all, it’s the people who bring life to the land, which is what the Sawaya Law Firm intends to showcase through this initiative.
The Colorado Vibe lets web visitors experience the sounds of the Centennial State. It comes in a podcast format that stimulates your senses through the auditory delights of Colorado. Listen to the songs of nature and the stories of notable residents of the state. Check out the show’s trailer:
The Colorado Vibe Episodes
The podcast offers an interesting take on Colorado’s historical and current wonders. Here are the published episodes and a quick description of what you can expect for each one:
1. The Unsinkable Vibe Of Molly Brown
Margaret Brown, known posthumously as Molly Brown, is one of the most popular residents of Denver, Colorado. She is well-known for surviving the RMS Titanic, as well as for her philanthropic works during her time.
Brown, then Margaret Tobin, was born in Hannibal, Missouri, to Irish immigrant parents. She and her brother moved to Leadville, Colorado, where she met her husband, James Joseph (J.J.) Brown. The couple got married on September 1, 1886. After a few years, they became millionaires after J.J. discovered gold and was given 12,000 shares of the Ibex Mining Company, as well as a seat on their board.
This Colorado Vibe episode starts with the Molly Brown House Museum, which is located at the uptown neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, in Pennsylvania St. The house was purchased by the Browns in 1894. It retains its Victorian beauty, with archways and decorative gables.
In the episode, Andrea Malcolm, the Molly Brown House Museum director, talks about the different sounds that echo through the walls of the establishment. She describes the sound of a school bus as it pulls up in front of the museum, as well as the volunteers who give tours to the visitors.
If you can’t visit the museum in person yet, the show can provide an auditory glimpse of what you can expect in the Molly Brown House Museum.
2. Capturing The Colorado Vibe
In the second official episode of The Colorado Vibe, the show talks about the process of capturing and recording the local vibes. It turns the spotlight on ‘the midwives of music,’ who work behind the scenes, but play a significant role in producing the sounds that capture the hearts of fans.
Kyle Jones, an audio engineer and producer of Sleeping Brotherhood Studios, in Five Points Denver, shares his thoughts on the meaning of sound. Jones describes sound as communication on the most foundational level. It’s composed of vibrations and frequencies.
Music is all about curating and cultivating sounds in a particular range that humans can interpret through their hearing. Jones notes that, sometimes, music is even more informative and influential than words.
The sound producer has worked with several local artists. He helps them express themselves through sound so that they can share the story that they want to tell.
3. Voices From The Past
In this episode, the show features a few stories and songs from the chapters of the Western slope of Colorado’s oral history. The materials were sourced from the Library of Congress and the American Folk Life Center.
First, you get to hear Edna Rowe and her friend Florence Walker as they reminisce on how it’s like to grow up in Grand Junction. You’ll find yourself laughing over their relatable recollections with their infectious laughter.
Next, a Danish immigrant, Neil Staayerm, shares his thousand-mile voyage to till the soils that produce some of the best fruits in the country. Still set in Grand Junction, the episode features a clip from an interview about his 1918 voyage.
The episode gives listeners a glimpse into the past with the voice recordings from Edna, Florence, and Neil. Their stories help inform the younger generation of what life was like as a local during their time.
4. The Four Mile Vibe
The Four Mile House Historic Park is a 12-acre oasis where Denver’s oldest house is located. The two-story log cabin along the Cherry Creek was built in 1859 by the brothers Samuel and Jonas Brantner. The next year, it was purchased by Mary Cawker and turned into an inn for travelers that are traversing the Cherokee Trail.
In 1864, after suffering from a flood, Cawker sold the property to Levi and Millie Booth. Upon the latter’s death in 1926, the estate was left to her family. The Four Mile House received a Historical Monument Designation in 1941 and achieved a landmark status on December 27, 1968.
The host, Jake Sanders, takes visitors back to his fourth-grade field trip to the Four Mile House, where they learned about the heritage of the West and Denver’s oldest house. Additionally, the group was also able to sample some cornbread during the excursion.
He also talks with Misha Fraser, the education director at Four Mile House. For her, sound is another tool that they use to teach others. At the museum, visitors can listen to the chirping of birds and other sounds of farm animals.
Sanders asks Fraser what sound she thinks would best represent the state of Colorado. The latter answers that it’d be the sound of running water. Aside from the fact that the Four Mile House is beside Cherry Creek, which plays an integral role in the building of the house and its history, the education director remarks that the sound is very soothing. It also has metaphorical implications since Colorado is a dry state, so it values water more.
5. The Vibes Of Deep Space
Colorado aerospace companies are widely known to be trailblazers of groundbreaking research on space travel exploration. The state might become a spaceport for a new space force.
With this, the host talks to Alan Stern, a planetary scientist who has made significant contributions to the industry. He played a role in the New Horizons mission that flew by Pluto and helped with the ultraviolet technology that’s onboard most of NASA space crafts. He has also written several books and research papers on space science.
For Stern, sound is one of the richest senses in humans. It’s one of the ways that people learn. Stern also reveals that there are microphones on Mars, and researchers have been listening to the natural sounds occurring on the planet.
6. The Underground Vibes of Colorado
This time, the host takes people back to how the giant caverns at the Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado, came to be. The episode begins with a story set in 1880 in Southern Colorado. Two brothers, John and George Pickett, found a cave system in the area. Later, the Cave of the Winds would be explored further.
Since 1880, guided tours have been conducted in the area, which makes it one of the oldest visitor attractions in Colorado. Ultimately, however, the Cave of the Winds should be more than a tourist spot. Instead, it should be a destination of discovery.
Meanwhile, these are some of the activities that you can do in the Cave of the Winds:
- Go on ride and challenge courses: You and your family can go on the Wind Walker Challenge Course and climb up through ropes, steel beams, and ladders. The activity brings you to the top, where you can view Williams Canyon. There’s also the Bat-A-Pult, which is a ride that launches passengers on a whopping 1,200-foot round trip flight, with a speed of about 40 mph, across the canyon.
- Explore caves: Another family-friendly activity is to go on a guided tour inside the magnificent cave. You and your kids can learn about the history and geology of the cavern. If you want something more adventurous, you can go on the Lantern Tour, where you’ll need to navigate dark tunnels, low passageways, and uneven stairs. The tour guide can even throw in some spooky stories to supplement the vibe.
- Traverse the mountains – Lastly, you can also go on the Via Ferrata, which connects you to a track cable and lets you climb up the mountains. It’s a two-hour guided tour with a mix of physical exercise. There’s the Frontier zip line as well, where you get to zip through the canyon.
7. The Downhill Vibes Of Colorado
If you’re looking for a day on the slopes of Colorado, you’ll learn a lot from the show’s seventh episode. It features Monarch Mountain, which is one of the state’s hidden gems.
The podcast gives listeners insider knowledge about the winter destination. On average, Monarch Pass gets over 350 inches of snow each year. Back in 1936, the area became a spot for the winter ski season. Three years after, the mountain was developed. There were permits to cut trails, construct a lodge, and install a lift.
Through the years, the resort has grown in size. However, the company filed for bankruptcy, and ownership was transferred. Fortunately, it still continues to serve avid ski enthusiasts today.
8. The Sporting Vibes Of Colorado
Continuing with the physical activity theme that began in episode 6, The Colorado Vibe speaks with Jozie Laviolette, who’s a former Denver Broncos cheerleader. She admits that sound is different for her than it is to other people because she has hearing loss in her right ear.
Laviolette describes how she couldn’t hear things as much as she can feel the vibrations from the sound of the crowds during game day. For her, sound affects everything. For instance, the music that’s played in the arena affects how the cheerleaders dance.
Plus, the noise from the crowd can influence the players’ gameplay. The sound and the energy in the stadium can help the team play well.
9. Iron Lawyer Vibes W/ Rob Wilhite
Trial lawyer Rob Wilhite has a passion for triathlons. He has joined the Iron Man race and shares the vibes of winning on the racetrack and courtroom. He also talks about listening and how it can make a difference in your life.
For the litigation department’s managing partner, sound is an escape from reality and a way to relax. In his profession, Wilhite reveals how sound manifests itself through the inflections and voices of people, as well as body language. It helps him gauge whether they’re truthful or not.
He also explains the Iron Man triathlon, wherein participants have to swim, cycle, and run for miles. He reveals the different sounds that he listens to during the race, including a clattering in his bike or hissing from the tires.
10. The Historic Hispano Vibes Of Southern Colorado
The tenth episode heads back in time to Fort Garland. Hispanos have occupied the area and cultivated their culture in the land. In the early 1940s, Juan Bautista Rael set out to document the songs and sounds of Colorado’s Neomexicanos.
His work highlighted the folklore and religious songs of the locals. There were also lighthearted melodies, such as the ones used for Friday night dances and weddings. Rael recorded hundreds of these songs and tales until his death in 1993.
Every episode of The Colorado Vibe creates imagery of what it’s like to live in the Centennial State. Following this podcast series can help you learn more about the history of Colorado, whether you’re a local or tourist.