Sunday, March 12, 2017

Pere Marquette State Park Hike

Date: March 2017
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Weather: 40 degrees Fahrenheit, sunny and clear skies
Photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7
Shoes and raincoat: Merrell


This is my third time hiking Pere Marquette because it has beautiful overlooks and is convenient to St. Louis. I've taken the Great River Road each time which is a scenic drive along the Mississippi River. Coming from St. Louis, you will go through downtown Alton and Grafton. Once you arrive at the visitor's center, I have always gone up the wood stairs on the left side (Dogwood trail) to reach McAdams Peak. It is approximately a 20-30 minute hike up to the overlook. There are multiple routes back down you can take (Ravine or Hickory to Oak which intercepts the road back down to the visitor's center), or utilize others to extend the hike duration. The trails are pet friendly and I've brought my pups twice. I would always recommend stopping for ice cream at a local shop in downtown Grafton, or eating at Grafton Winery or The Loading Dock (which is right on the river).

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Merrell: Meet the 2017 College Ambassadors

Merrell is an outdoor brand that specializes in hiking shoes and clothing. As a Merrell College Ambassador, I get to lead amazing trips with the Outdoor Adventure Club through the generous grant provided by Merrell and Outdoor Foundation. Some of the trips include camping and hiking at local and state parks, ice skating, horseback riding and 5K runs. I love being an ambassador and am continuously inspired by my fellow colleagues! My only qualm is that we all live so far apart :) Be sure to check out their breathtaking Instagram feeds for some serious outdoor envy!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Uplifting Quotes for Lent


Every year for Lent, I think of something to give up. In the past, I've given up chocolate, shopping, eating out (coffee is out of the question) and I usually don't to a stellar job. This year I decided I wanted to DO something. I want to spread joy and make it as easy on you to do something positive during lent. Each day I will send out an uplifting bible quote straight to your inbox. It will be short, sweet, and to the point with no personal side commentary. Let each quote inspire you to do good. 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Great Falls National Park and Riverbend State Park Hike

Date: February 2017
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Weather: 45 degrees Fahrenheit, partly cloudy and rainy
Photos were taken on my Samsung Galaxy S7
Shoes and raincoat: Merrell; Waterproof joggers: Athleta

Guided dirt trails make this hike easy and enjoyable. Because we went on a rainy day, we experienced a fairly empty trail. The path follows the Potomac River until it intercepts the falls in Great Falls National Park. It is free to park at Riverbend but it is approximately a one-mile walk to Great Falls (you can park at Great Falls but will have to pay park fees). There are three overlooks and my photos of the falls were taken at overlook number one. The man-made dam is located in Riverbend. On warm days, sometimes you can watch experienced kayakers maneuver the smaller falls. There is a more challenging Billy Goat trail on the Maryland side of the falls.