Week 11:
“When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing”

Slater Fellow in Acting & Performance

Creede Repertory Theatre | Creede, Colorado

July 29, 2019

This week, we’ve had no shows running in either of the theatres. Most actors got to take 9 days off, and I was one of them. This break was very much needed. Some people left the state and went to visit family and friends. Lucky for me, one of my friends got to come into town and spend time with me for 2 days! We definitely had an unforgettable time.

I was so excited to meet at Miners

When my friend Sam from back home came into town, the first thing we did was go eat at my favorite restaurant here in Creede called, “Miners”. I was so excited to see her, my heart was beating through my chest; we got to just sit and catch up with each other while eating great food. Listening to her talk about Kankakee’s annual Farmer’s Market and Music Festival, really made me miss home, and crave the delicious, one of  a kind, kettle popcorn that one of the vendors sells there. After we finished eating, I gave her a brief tour of the town (she had already driven through the entire town, just by driving to “Miners” haha). We then grabbed water and went on a hike that almost killed us both. Literally.

Taken before we almost died, LOL
While hiking the Up and Over, I can’t help but take pictures of the beautiful wildlife.

Without going into too much detail, after almost two hours of (what’s supposed to be a 30-45 minute minute hike), Sam found herself hanging off a cliff with a huge rip in her pants, and I found myself almost in tears searching for her, while i’m covered in bloody scrapes and scratches on my arms and legs from numerous trees, branches, and rocks. Yes. That’s all i’m giving you. At the end of the day, we were both totally fine, just a bit sore; however, definitely had plenty to laugh about and stories to tell.

Sam and I at Great Sand Dunes National Park

The next day, although our bodies felt 10 times more sore than before, we decided to get up and go to the Sand Dunes. Now this was an amazing experience and site to see. We got to witness a place in which sand has been building up, just in this one particular spot of Southern-Central Colorado for thousands and thousands of years. Some people were hiking the dunes, while others (like Sam and I) watched them from the first sand hill we reached (they’re super tough to climb). There were lots of kids with sand boards, racing down the hills and playing in the small creeks with their bathing suits on. It was the cutest thing ever.


After being in the sand we did a trail and enjoyed the beautiful green.
Behold, the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado!! Well 1/4th of it.

It was super relaxing to just sit in the warm sand and watch people live their best life. It gave me so much perspective on how this world is so big, and so fascinating, and how I am only a minute, microscopic piece of this planet and my issues or problems may not be as big as I think they are when I only see myself and the small towns that life has been placing me in. That was really random, but being there just made me think about how selfish I can be. How we all have so much growing to do and how we all need to do more to fix the issues in our world that are actually affecting how we, as human beings, are becoming desensitized to what really matters.

Living my best life while sitting in the beautiful, soft, warm sand.

Having Sam here gave me a glimpse of home, which was so amazing. I’m not a person who usually gets homesick, but being in Creede long enough, as a minority, can sure make you very homesick. I really appreciate her making special trip to come spend time with me. I needed it more than I thought I did.

We did a trail at The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Kayla Johnson '22

Kayla is a theatre and chemistry major with a minor in creative writing from Kankakee, Illinois.