Kelsey Goes to Charleston, SC

Gorgeous sunsets, thought-stirring history tours, and my dad: things in Charleston.

I went to Charleston for a work conference, and I had a chance to stay with my dad while I was there. When I wasn’t working, I was able to catch a beautiful sunset while walking on the harbor, I went through downtown on a walking tour, and I ate one of the most interesting, delicious meals: Curried zoodles with cucumber, avocado, and mango – yeah, it was awesome!

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Kelsey and David go to BMW Boulders

These photos scream, “My life dating a boulderer”. It isn’t so bad, I love being outside, around rocks, climbing whenever, and being with wonderful people. BMW Boulders is a small, underdeveloped bouldering area near the Red River Gorge. This area was actually on a local resident’s property, we found out, but they were very supportive and happy to help us find the boulders! The day was so beautiful (October, I love you!) and pictures were necessary! Nevertheless, for your viewing pleasure. PA210450.jpgPA210436.jpg

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Kelsey Goes to Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island won my heart in a matter of three days. I can’t wait to go back and explore all of the beauty!

For my one full day on Vancouver Island, we hiked to Century Sam Lake. The lake is fed by a glacier, and there’s a fun ice cave to explore while you’re there! Also, bringing a hammock was a solid idea. As I was leaving, I took seaplane from Vancouver Island right into the Vancouver International Airport – that was amazing.

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To the top of Mount Cheam

“Want to hike Mt. Cheam tomorrow?” says Julia to a fresh-off-of-the-plane Kelsey.  Without hesitation I said, “YES!”  It wasn’t until the early morning, while we were packing up to leave did I pull up any information about the hike – i.e. what it looked like, how long of a hike, how difficult of a hike…

The hike to Mt. Cheam was a five-star time. The first thought that comes into my mind was how lucky we were to have a alpine blueberries growing along most of the hike for a yummy snack as well. The hike is about 9 kilometers round trip (6ish miles) and it took us about two hours to get up and an hour/hour and a half to come down. It is a little funny, without know much about the hike, I was photographing this one peak for most of the drive as we were driving towards it and the trailhead. Even throughout the first half of the hike, we were what appeared to be a trail heading to the top of that one peak. However, it turned out to be Lady Peak, which is next to Mt. Cheam.

The drive to the trailhead was a real trip. There were craters in the road the entire way up to the trailhead, which took us about two hours (it felt like that anyways) to arrive. The hike starts out nice and easy with little incline. Then it turns into spurts of incline, while in the alpine section, and more regular inclines past the alpine line and towards the top.  We were surrounded by a few groups of hikers, so it was busier than I was expecting on a Thursday. Also, we could see Mt. Baker (Washington state) for nearly the entire hike. The day we went on the hike was perfect weather for late September in British Columbia, and we enjoyed a great lunch with a great 360 view at the top. IMG_8943.jpgIMG_8963.jpgIMG_6696.jpgIMG_6690.jpgIMG_9333.jpg

Kelsey and David go to Shades State Park, Indiana

Shades of Death? Sure, let’s go! It turns out Shades State Park, the lesser travelled cousin of Turkey Run State Park, was originally known as Shades of Death. Spooky!

While we would have preferred to go backcountry camping (which is an option at Shades State Park!), we had to be at the park an hour or so before dark. That did not happen, so we stayed at the campground, and spent a full Saturday of hiking. It was blast and located just over an hour outside of Indianapolis.

We hiked trails 7 and 8 (the two can be combined into one loop). We like hiking through the Shawnee canyon and enjoyed hopping from rock to rock for a bit.  Then we hiked trail 4, which included a lovely walk in the woods and a neat spot where you climb up a ladder. There were a few spots with fascinating rock/cave formation. On trail 1, we looked over Sugar Creek to find a few kayakers travelling around Canoe Island.  We then hiked the short trail to descend into the Devil’s Punchbowl, which was certainly a highlight of the day.

Following the Devil’s Punchbowl, we drove to the trailhead for Pine Hills Nature Conservatory. There, we hiked all of the trails in the area, and particularly enjoyed the Devil’s Backbone section and taking a gander at Honeycomb rock.

What we ate:
-For breakfast we drank cold brew coffee, and ate apples, dates, plums and a banana.

-For lunch we ate  peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (one of our favorites!) and more fruit.

-On the way home, we treated ourselves to vegan homemade rice crispy treats!

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(my phone trying to be nature.)

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Recent reasons for smiling

Breakfast and camping with David forever!

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One of these days the Tee-Bird and I will be in-sync.

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Peace and a cup of joe and eye-catching murals.

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He is my favorite climber.

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Zion National Park pictures taken by David have been printed and framed for my apartment and viewing pleasure.

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Ode to the Red River Gorge

It would be a misrepresentation of my life if I did not dedicate a post to the many trips I’ve taken to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky.  Since beginning to lead climb in 2016, a solid group of friends and I like to go to the Red River Gorge every weekend we are able. We camp at Miguel’s, and we usually eat pizza.  Although, we’ve been enjoying the Red River Rockhouse lately as well!

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