Hiking at Jefferys Cliffs

Happy Saturday! Checking in today to tell y’all about another hiking adventure I had last weekend.

If you’re close to western Kentucky I highly recommended checking out Jefferys Cliffs Conservation and Recreation Area. It’s 230 acres of sandstone plateau formation with cliffs, rock shelters and forest. And fall in Kentucky right now?! GORGEOUS. My pictures don’t even capture all the beauty there is to see.

It felt so good to get out of the house and get some exercise and fresh air. While I have a long way to go before I’m back in great hiking/running shape, this was a great motivator to build up my endurance again! I can’t wait until EJ is a little older and we can bring her along to hike with us!

Have you found any new hiking spots near you? Let me know in the comments below your favorite local/off-the-beaten-path trails.

Hiking at John James Audubon State Park

Happy Friday!

Yesterday I took a random vacation day off from work to go hiking with my dad! He is preparing for a backpacking trip to Yosemite later this month and want to get more miles under his belt and asked me to tag along!

We hiked 11 miles in six-and-a-half hours at John James Audobon State Park (which is about 40 minutes from our house).

A lot of the trails looped around by each other, so we hopped on and off several trails to make an almost 4-mile loop. Dad had his 45-pound backpack on and hiked with it the entire time (so impressive!)

At 63-years-old he is still adding adventures to his bucket list and I am so proud of him for getting out and exploring more of the world.

It was such a gorgeous (but hot and humid) day! But I loved being out of the office and out in nature. The terrain was pretty rough in some places, but the views were great. I love having some great parks here in Kentucky that I can easily explore. Even though my legs are pretty sore today, I can’t wait to go back soon!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Where has been your favorite place to hike?

My favorite Patagonia pieces

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is to buy quality clothing. I am willing to turn over more money for pieces that are going to stand the test of time (fashion wise and in quality) and that look and feel great.

Patagonia is one of my favorite brands and while they can be a little pricey, I 100% think they are worth it. I’ve listed some of my favorites below!

Patagonia Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover
I received this as a Christmas gift from my parents and it is my new favorite! It is a slim fit so I would suggest getting a size up, but it so comfy and soft! I have the shadow blue and I’m seriously considering buying the smokey violet or vjosa green — such fun colors for spring.

Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
This was my first Patagonia pullover and I still wear it weekly. Two years later and it still looks the same as the day I bought it! While this exact color combo isn’t online, they still have lots of great choices to pick from and even have some with patterns. I’m wearing a medium in this one and it fits great.
Awkward picture, but this me and my husband interviewing the KY High School XC runners up coach at the state meet last fall. 

Patagonia Lightweight Merino Performance Crew Socks.
Retro Pile Fleece Vest <– I’ve tried this on in the store so many times, but I haven’t broken down and bought it yet. Definitely on my list!
Retrio Backpack — I actually used this backpack in college! Totally not what is was meant for but it definitely lasted the abuse I gave it over the years. I got rid of it, but it was a great little pack!

I find inspiration in the mountains

Sometimes inspiration can come from the simplest things. I swear looking at pictures of mountains instantly calms and excites me all at the same time.

Here are some of my favorites:

I obviously had to include a picture with a pup. Crazy dog lady here.

There is no wrong way to be inspired. Do what works for you and go out into the world with a new sense of adventure, excitement, and fire. Happy Sunday!

Reminder for today

One of my favorite quotes is a great reminder for today.

John Muir quote.jpg

Fresh air is a wonderful thing, my friends. I love to go hiking and really wish I had the chance to do it more. I plan to get out this weekend and hike and explore wherever my heart desires. I long for the trails and the dirt and the stillness of it all.

A long hike and high school tunes

This weekend was about some high school tunes. I only graduated 6 years ago, but I found so many old mix tapes that I had forgotten about. Bands like Cartel, Jack’s Mannequin and Fall Out Boy blasted through my stereo all weekend. It was awesome.

I snagged these all watermelon Sour Patch Kids for 85 cents at the gas station and had to have them. I ate them all in one setting. Oops.

Since Ryan had to work all day, Murphy and I hung out with a friend and went hiking all afternoon. It was a perfect day, even if we did get lost and ended up walking for hours. 
I forgot how much I love hiking through trails. I need to remember to get out to nature more. This stupid time change makes me miss all my after-work runs.

I saw this quote and thought it was perfect for how I felt after Saturday’s hike.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

I hope you all have a great day working, whether it be at home, in an office or somewhere else! Maybe you’ll get a chance to get out and enjoy some nature today 🙂