Aspen, Journal

Ski Lifts + Sunshine in the Rockies!

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The road to Aspen (beautiful Evergreens all around me)
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On top of Aspen Ski Mountain – using Depth Effect on iPhone 7 Plus

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I did a trip to Colorado recently – I hung out a bit in Aspen (if you’re interested in Colorado at all, check out these posts I did when I went in the Fall: Psychics and Silver in Colorado, Mussels in the mountains, Charcuterie and Artisan Cheeseboard, Spring Water at 8,000ft, Fall Colors of Colorado, Steampunk bar in Aspen). The thrill for me is really in getting there – I had a stunning road trip through the rockies. The Evergreens were as gorgeous as ever – my quest was to showcase this breathtaking place to my brother who was visiting from South Africa. For the Skybok video you’re about to see (it’s only 1 minute), I used my iPhone 7 Plus on a DJI – Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer, which you can get at Best Buy! I HIGHLY recommend it!! On the website, search  “DJI – Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer”. They also have awesome drones which I was tempted to get for this because I was in the ski lift at one point with gorgeous views of the town 😉

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Hotel Jerome in Aspen was rated by Conde Nast as one of the Gold List “Favorite Hotels of the World”
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The bar area inside the hotel
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Opposite view
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Room in Hotel Jerome
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Hotel Jerome was ranked in the Reader’s Choice Awards as one of the Top 10 Hotels on the American West
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Bathroom, double vanity
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Luxury Suite
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Luxury Suite
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View from the window in the Fall
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Fall in Colorado
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Prospect Bar + Restaurant in Hotel Jerome
Scene on a street corner in Aspen
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Ski Lift in Aspen
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Entrance to the Ski Lift – ticket prices, visit
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On the streets
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Osmo Stabilizer on the right
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The iconic “Independence Pass” sign as you travel through the Continental Divide
Pan seared Tuna salad at “J Bar” (Hotel Jerome)
Going up the Aspen Mountain Ski Lift (not for the faint hearted!)
Saw this sign – we don’t have bears in South Africa
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Interior scene of “J-Bar” – this is part of the Hotel Jerome: a very old, historic hotel
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Entrance to “Justice Snow’s” – a very iconic bar attached to the Wheeler Opera House
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Walking down an Aspen street in early morning
Journal, Leadville

Mining For Silver in Leadville, Colorado

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National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
A replica of an underground cave at the National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum

I spent some time in Leadville, Colorado, famous for its mining history. (Did you know there are 260 miles of underground caves there?) It’s also famous for its iconic couple from the town’s silver mining boom, Horace + Baby Doe Tabor. I visited a few iconic spots, including the “Silver Dollar Saloon” – America’s Oldest Wild West Saloon – and the National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum.

Twenty years after the Gold Rush, the Colorado Silver Boom occurred in 1879 causing hordes of silver seekers to rush the Rockies. Horace Tabor, known as “The Bonanza King of Leadville,” joined the crowds and landed in the Centennial state becoming one of the richest silver barons in history.

Leadville, Colorado
Leadville, Colorado, is the highest city in the U.S
The entrance to the National Mining Hall of Fame
The entrance to the National Mining Hall of Fame
18K Gold Howard Hunting Watch
Gold treasures on display at the National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
A display of minerals
A Display of Minerals at The National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
Giant Amethyst
Minerals on Display
Glow in the Dark Minerals at The National Mining Hall of Fame + Museum
National Museum of Mining
Life-size replicas of miners
Hard Rock Mine Photos of the West
Many themed rooms exist in the museum, including the hard rock mine, gold rush room + others
Mine replica
Mine Replicas made of wood
Silver Dollar Saloon
Silver Dollar Saloon
Silver Dollar Saloon
Interior of Silver Dollar Saloon
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A view of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains on a street corner


❤ My Work, Journal, Skybok

Skybok Editing

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Tamika Scripps Skybok

What am I up to this week? Mostly editing, producing new content for Skybok…. check out its YouTube channel. I am using a Canon Xa10, Canon 5D MK2, Canon Rebel T5….. Editing in Adobe Premier CC. If you like travel, tourism, history – you might like it!

Here are some of my favorite videos….mostly 1-2 minute profiles….more on Skybok’s blog here. If you like video production, digital media, audio-visual creation tips, entrepreneurship, behind-the-scenes stuff you might like it!

I’m also on Instagram. 

I’m using a new website I found called CANVA for thumbnail images, like this one of Charleston’s Skybok profile. Canva is fantastic for any design projects you have! *Tip: Check out DeathToTheStock for brilliant stock images.

Charleston, Journal, USA

The Magic of Charleston

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Touring one of Charleston’s iconic homes

I spent a weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, during which time I went on a history tour with Charleston Old Walled City Tours, ate the region’s famous shrimp & grits, learnt about their haunted graveyards, enjoyed their world-famous architecture + overlooked their stunning ocean. Here’s a 1-minute video Skybok produced on this gorgeous town!

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The Palmetto Cafe at The Belmond Charleston Place
The Palmetto Cafe at The Belmond Charleston Place
Husk Restaurant Charleston Photos
Headed by two-time James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock, Husk’s menu is unique not only because of its interesting takes on Southern favorites but also because the menu changes twice a day.
The Governor's House Inn
Bed & Breakfast, “The Governor’s House Inn”
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The elegant pastel antebellum architecture is the neoclassical architectural style characteristic of the 19th-century
Spanish Moss in Charleston
Spanish Moss hangs on nearly every tree
Horse-drawn carriages Charleston
Carriage rides are readily available for sightseeing tours
Street scene Charleston South Carolina
The motto of the city is “Aedes mores juraque curat” which means “She guards her buildings, customs and laws.”
Beautiful walking tours on offer 
Pastel Antebellum Houses Stock Photo
Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality in Charleston. Back in the day, sea captains would announce their arrival and invite people to hear their stories by sticking a pineapple prominently outside their homes.
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All the homes in Charleston have verandahs that face south or west.
Architecture Charleston
It was originally Charles Towne, named for King Charles II, but they dropped the “w” and fancy “e” in 1783 (it wasn’t popular to have cities named directly after British royalty then)
Horse drawn carriage
Classic Charleston
Charleston, Journal, USA

A Dollar For Your Thoughts At The Griffon Pub

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Pic taken at The Griffon Pub in Charleston, South Carolina! Voted by Southern Living Magazine as one of the “Best Bars of the South”, The Griffon Pub has collected over 20 years of dollar bills with scribbled handwritten messages from sentimental travelers on its walls + ceiling. This is my first post on Charleston – more pictures + exclusive video from this fascinating town coming this month.

Quick recap:

+ Did a walking tour with this tour company

+ Stayed at this hotel 

+ Had my favorite meal at this restaurant 

+ Discovered bone marrow at this bar 

+ Recommend you visit this venue if you go!

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Frankfurt, Journal

Beeswax Candles + a Cold Frankfurt Morning

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A display of yellow beeswax candles I discovered at the Frankfurt Christmas market.

They burn a golden halo and smell of sweet honey.

– Live Like a German, 

I call little shops like the ones on Paulsplatz square at the Christmas market “winkels” – a South African Afrikaans word meaning shop. Selling various trinkets of hand carved wood, colorful ceramics, local jewelry + tons of knitwear, there’s also food trucks. These are a little more exciting because nothing beats the taste of Glühwein on a freezing morning at one of these markets! The scene is like a fairytale Christmas village; complete with charming decorations, craftsmanship, wine, spices + the smell of hot Nutella pancakes in the air. Somehow it all works beautifully together!

Where To Buy Pure Beeswax Candles Online

+ Honey Candles

+ Beehive Candles

+ The Wicked Bee

A Traditional Glühwein Recipe

  1. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring it close to boil.
  2. For additional taste, cut 2 oranges into bite-size pieces and add to the wine. Let simmer but not boil.
  3. Remove clove and cinnamon stick before serving it into lightly pre-warmed glasses.
  4. Decorate glasses with an orange slice.
  5. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

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