Red River GorgeOUS

Recipe for The Perfect Hiking Trip

Ingredients needed:

  • A car
  • Good friends
  • Place to stay (cabin, tent, the stars over your head, etc)
  • Supplies for food
  • and a solid pair of shoes


  1. Drive 2 1/2 hours from Louisville through Lexington and map out your spot within the park. Red River Gorge is a canyon system with beautiful hiking trails, photo spots, and dense lush forests.
  2. Stop by the local grocery store like Kroger before you go because the options become much more limited once your right outside the park. Unless your really into overpriced gas station selections. Nah
  3. Either pay for a park pass to camp out within designated camping spots or you could rent a cabin for 10 people. We like nature. But we also like hot tubs…
  4. Start out with some easy hikes. I recommend the Natural Bridge because not only is it about 2 miles roundtrip but the view is incredible. Just imagine what it’ll look like when the leaves start changing those warm colors of fall red and orange.

Spending the weekend at the Gorge with Jen and friends from Cincinnati was just the breath of fresh air I needed.

Kentucky has a great park system.

Take advantage of it!

Photography by Jen Greb

Coming back from Hilton Head

ImageHey everyone! I just came back from vacation and thought I’d do a blog post about it. I went with my dad’s side of the family to Hilton Head Island, SC. I had never been to Hilton Head before, but I had written a “travel feature” on the island for my Feature Writing class this past spring, so I was very excited to visit the places I had researched for class.

We stayed in a beach house on a street called Red Cardinal and it was just a short walking distance from the ocean. It was pretty neat, though, because our area was a gorgeous mix between beach and forest. One minute, we were on the beach, and the next, we were walking on a mix of pine needles and palm trees.

Hilton Head Island - Sea PinesEvery morning, I was able to take a six-mile bike ride, exploring the coastline and the bike paths that followed the inland roads. It was really interesting riding my bike on the beach every morning, where I did about 2 miles, because the tide was so low that there was at least 100 feet of open sand to walk, bike, run, and more! By 3:00, though, the high tide came up and there was barely any space to enjoy the beach! On the bike paths though, it was a great time for me to clear my head and enjoy the scenery.

I was also lucky to be able to meet up with one of my good friends, Kate, while I was in Hilton Head. Some of her family lives there, so she goes and visits every summer and works at the ever-popular Salty Dog Cafe. We met for Starbucks one morning before I left, and it was so cool getting to catch up with her, since she would be in New Jersey (where she’s really from) if she were not in Hilton Head!

When looking back on the vacation, I’m excited to say that I was able to enjoy some time to read. I read four books while I was there: Mockingjay – the last book of the Hunger Games series, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Help, and Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I learned that there is a special chain of bookstores in most of our national airports, where you can purchase a book in one of the airports, and return it to another airport within six months and get half of your purchase back! I did that with Bossypants… I read it on my flights from Savannah, GA to Atlanta, GA, and from Atlanta to Louisville, and returned it once I got to the Louisville gate.

I did try some new foods though: crab, which I didn’t mind; swordfish, which I liked better than crab; cod, not so much; and salmon, not too bad. I’ve never been a seafood fan, and still don’t think I ever will be, but at least I tried it!

Though I enjoyed the time getting to soak up the sun, it’s been nice being home and able to gear up for the fall semester! I’m so very excited to be reunited with my friends and to be settled in back on campus.  I’ve been helping our Phi Mu sorority get ready for recruitment and all of this prep has gotten me excited to be back where I belong!

Song of the Day: Run by Snow Patrol. I’ve always loved this song, but I’m particularly sharing this one with you all because I just bought Michael and I tickets to see Snow Patrol in November, for one of his birthday gifts! So excited :)

Fly High, Freebird

Hi again, hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! When I’m not spending time hanging out with friends and family or laying out by the pool, I’ve been pretty busy at work. Every day at the Community Foundation of Louisville always has something new to enjoy, and I have really loved all of the opportunities I’ve been given there, especially this past week.

We had our CFL Staff Meeting this past Wednesday, where all of the departments give a report of what projects they’re working on and other important information, while our President & CEO, Susan, gives her own report on CFL’s progress as a whole and what our next steps are. I always enjoy getting to sit in on these meetings, because it’s a great way to hear what the other departments are working on and I love getting to share their successes with them. Remember that song by Lynyrd Skynyrd, called Freebird? We incorporate that song in to our staff meetings, but in ways I never would have imagined.

Our President & CEO, Susan, went to an event and loved the centerpiece so much that she actually purchased it so she could take it back to CFL. Now, we pass that colorful centerpiece around, calling it the Freebird award. The person who received the award at the staff meeting passes it on to another co-worker at the next meeting, and it’s always a surprise to see who gets it next. The Freebird recipient is always someone who does their part to help out other colleagues in need, regardless if they’re in their own department, or from another. This past Wednesday, I was honored to receive the Freebird award! One of the women in the Development & Stewardship department, Melody, gave it to me for all of my help in getting some of their special events planned. I was so surprised… I never thought that the little intern that I am would get recognized like this! Now, when I’m in the office, I can display the Freebird award for all to see :)

When I started this internship in February, I never would have imagined how much fun I would be having along with how many new skills I would be learning. I am privileged to get to attend special communications events and meetings with my VP, Anne, along with getting the opportunity to display my graphic design skills (and make them even stronger!) by making a lot of in-house branding and marketing graphics.

Not only is my internship position absolutely amazing and challenging, I’m learning every day about how all of my co-workers work together. It’s easy to say that everyone that works there is a family and will do what it takes to help out their fellow colleagues. After finding out that one of our coworkers is going through some very rough times, it has been amazing to see how we have all come together to help her and her family. We have all signed up to bring meals and snacks, and some coworkers are even donating some of their sick and vacation days to help her spend more time with her family. It is so nice to see people pull together in times of crisis, and I’m so thankful that I can be there and do what I can to help support.

On another note, I am now a registered Shift Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m looking forward to volunteering there every other Tuesday for the rest of the summer. Working there and helping out those in need just gives me such a happy feeling inside and it really can get you hooked.

Well, that’s all for now! I have a couple days of work this week, then Michael and I will be heading up to Jersey Shore, PA (not to be mistaken with “the” fist-pumping Jersey Shore) to visit some of my family! I can’t wait to spend some time outdoors, in the mountains, and soaking up the sunshine!

Song of the Day: Lay ‘em Down by Needtobreathe. I love how this song welcomes those who have troubles or stresses and encourages them to, as the title suggests, lay them down.

The Beginning

I cannot believe we are already into summer vacation. I am loving the free time. Not spending time studying, reading text books, or writing papers. It is so nice to sleep in past 9:00am. So far Summer 2012 has started off great.

Even though I am having a blast. There is only so much to do. I am pretty sure I have seen the entire Harry Potter series twice this summer already. I have been watching a lot of television shows on Netflix and Hulu. This can only entertain one for so long. After so many different TV shows, it gets a little boring. Nothing against New Girl and One Tree Hill, but I am for sure getting bored.

This is the only problem with summer vacation, there is not much to do at home. I am starting to miss my friends from Bellarmine and Louisville so much. All of the stupid things we would do together. I can’t wait to see them again. I am glad I made it this far into the summer without getting sad, but here we are, missing the Ville.

One thing that has kept me quite busy this summer is the paper work for Study Abroad and preparing for my summer job. The paper work never ceases to end, I am getting so nervous for studying at the University of Bern in the fall. It is nerve-racking but extremely excited. Another thing that I am looking for is my summer job as a Summer Staff for Group Mission Trips. I will be travelling the country this summer and putting on Home Repairing Mission Trips for students in high school. I am also excited for this opportunity.

As of right now I am just “living the dream.”