It was instant girl crush when I met Rachel Grace Hultin.
I met her at a meeting my husband, David, and I attended regarding how to improve Wheat Ridge for bikers, walkers and public transportation-ers.
She was leading it.
We have attended these types of meetings before.
Typically we walk in, after being invited to attend, and then are looked at, down the nose of someone, typically from the person who invited us, as if to say, “What are you doing here?”
This is not Rachel.
She is warm and welcoming and with everything she says – you just adore her more.
It was girl crush at first sight.
Shortly after what I now refer to as The Rachel Discovery, she invited David and I to go on a Guerilla Art Walk, a walking experience in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood put on by Walk2Connect, an organization she co-runs (of course). What we were invited to is what some might refer to as a walking tour, but Rachel isn’t a fan of that word.
She refers to it as “an on foot experience that highlights things you don’t see or notice when you are in your car.” She will also tell you, “It allows you to connect with others, art and place.”
Now this might sound all kumbaya, but once you do experience it, which you absolutely must, you will understand how wonderfully true that statement is.
It is not a tour – it is an experience – and it is such a good one it even managed to win over the heart of my often-skeptical-of such things, husband, David.
To David’s credit, he grew up outside of Barcelona, a city suffocating daily under the crushing quantity of tourists, and he can sniff out and dodge organized activities that include people with cameras – like no other.
As you may imagine, it took a bit coaxing to get him to join.
But, I was ultimately victorious. And after the entire experience…
We both were.
The Guerilla Art Walk (we did the northside walk, there is also a southside walk) featured Street Art, some may call graffiti, ranging from small and awesomely rogue, to large and commissioned, and every iteration in between.
While participating in this three hour experience, Rachel tells you the back stories of the art and artists.
She fills you in on how the art is constantly, changing and evolving.
She points out the art that might go easily unnoticed.
And tells you how Denver, unbeknownst to me until this particular day, has quite a flourishing Street Art scene.
You just need to no where to look.
Or better yet – go with Walk2Connect.
And enjoy the full experience of them showing you.