More rock climbing adventures

So to recap my rock climbing adventures from Thursday…I’m learning how to boulder!

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on large boulders, small rock formations or artificial rock walls, without the use of ropes or harnesses. While it can be done without any equipment whatsoever, most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry and provide a firmer grip, and bouldering mats to prevent injuries from falls.

(Yes, I know I’m not supposed to have my harness on, but I didn’t feel like taking it off for just a couple minutes of bouldering)


I’ve been working more on my technique, my grips and trying to stay all on the same colored rocks. It’s a challenge and it leaves me sore the next day, but it’s such a fun workout.

I also love the fact that I get to share my interest in rock climbing with my husband and my dad!

Have you ever tried rock climbing? I’ve never gotten to take my skills out in nature, but I’m hoping one day (and with a guide) I’ll be able to climb real rocks and boulders out in nature.

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Friday Favorites v.57

Happy Friday! Before I get into all of the fun things I liked from this week, I want to say something serious.

I have had two friends lose their husband/fiancee this week and they were both 24. Y’all. Hug your loved ones tight. Always say I love you. Make sure you give love every day. Things could change in an instant. My heart breaks for these two young women who thought they had forever with their guys. I cannot imagine the pain they are going through. If you don’t know Jesus, I encourage you to start a relationship with Christ. I know this earth is not my home. I’ve loved my people hard this week. I want to remember the little things. I want to my tribe to know they were loved. I want to take in love from my family and friends. I want to be present. Likes on Instagram and name brand clothes don’t matter. Loving each other matters. 

Okay! I know that was a lot, but I really felt the need to get that off my chest.

Now lets talk favorites.

1. While this was slated as a Fourth of July pie, it could definitely be served all summer long. & I 100% agree with Julie — I love pie, all kinds of pie.

2. While I didn’t attend any actual fireworks celebrations on Tuesday, we saw lots of fireworks driving home from St. Louis. We actually crossed into Kentucky right as Owensboro’s firework show started, so we got to see a lot of the show while driving through downtown. So fun!

3. These KIND breakfast bars are my new favorite on-the-go breakfast. All natural ingredients and only 230 calories. Super filling for a fast breakfast or easy afternoon snack.
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4. I’ve been running better! Isn’t it strange how we can have bad weeks of runs and workouts and then suddenly it’s like a switch flipped and all of sudden we are superstars?! That’s literally how I felt this week. Thanks to trust treadmill to sticking with me during all these hot afternoon runs in the garage. Here’s to hoping I make it through the summer and to a fall half marathon.

5. Five on-the-go snacks when you need immediate fuel.

6. Round two of my rock climbing adventures was a success! Ryan joined me and my dad this time around and it was so much. Also, I’m not as sore today as I was last Friday, so that’s a win in my book.
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7. Our Fourth of July trip to STL was definitely a favorite this week! So much fun and I can’t wait to go back in September.

8. Murph giving me the side-eye. Someone was not happy posing for pictures.
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Adventures in rock climbing

Happy Monday everyone! If you’re like me, I have to work today, but I am off again tomorrow for Independence Day! So while I don’t have a lot of updates from the weekend, I do have a fun post about my adventures in rock climbing from last week.

On Thursday, my dad invited me to go an indoor rock climbing facility. While I haven’t been climbing in ages, I was so excited to go!

We drove an hour from Owensboro to Evansville to climb at Vertical eXcape

The facility features more than 12,000 square feet of textured climbing surface with heights up to 32 feet, over 40 climbing stations and a huge bouldering area.


After refreshing my memory on some of the basics, my dad and I were off and climbing! We split our time between the auto belay and buddy belay and it was so much. We climbed for about 2.5 hours and it was such a workout.

I felt like I improved the more I climbed and even made it all the way to the top of one of the harder walls. I almost cried because I was so worn out, but it was SO rewarding to make it to the top.



I am actually planning on going back this week with my husband and my dad. So we’ll see how round two goes!

If you have any tips or pointers for someone who is just getting started in rock climbing, let me know!