5 Reasons You Should Buy a Hammock This Summer

Hammocks. They’re so much more than just the latest trendy item to own. I bought my hammock five years ago when I spent a summer in Colorado, and every year since then, I count down the days until I can take it back out for the season. I love my hammock because its nostalgic, comfortable, versatile, durable, lightweight, simple, restful… Just think about it- who wouldn’t want to hang outside between a couple of trees, swaying gently with the wind on a warm summer day? If that picture alone isn’t enough to convince you of the joy that comes from owning a hammock, then keep reading for five reasons you too should get hung up on hammocks this summer.

1. Hammocks are Cheap

As I mentioned before, I bought my hammock five years ago and it’s still going strong! I bought my single nest hammock from Grand Truck for $59.99, which is so cheap in the outdoor goods world. And the best part? It has a lifetime warranty. So really, for an extra $20, Grand Trunk will repair or replace my hammock, no questions asked, no matter what I or mother nature did to it. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

2. Hammocks are a Great Tent Alternative

Can’t afford an ultralight tent? Get a hammock. Mine is just 20 oz, making it ideal for camping and backpacking. Taking both my hammock and rainfly (in case it rains while I’m outside at night) amounts to a little more than just 2 pounds in a pack. The only drawback is you’ll have to pick a campsite with a couple trees. But I prefer camping in the woods, so it’s rarely been an issue for me.

3. Hammocks are Easy

In addition their lightweight nature, hammocks are also super simple to set up. Wrap a strap around a tree, clip your hammock in with a carabiner and viola! Packing up is easy too- you just stuff the parachute material into itself, and it packs away in a nice stuff sack style.

4. Hammocks are Relaxing

Instead of laying on the couch, you could lay outside in a hammock. Bring a book to read, a blanket to curl up in, music to listen to, a drink to enjoy… there’s so many ways to relax in a hammock! For me, I love to set up in the backyard and read my Bible or let the wind rock me to sleep for an afternoon nap.

Haley sitting in her hammock with her bible

5. Hammocks are Social

And the final reason to get a hammock- they’re super socialable. Rarely do I see a single hammock strung up all alone. Instead, a typical hammock sighting in Kent involves friends stacking their hammocks, making them a cozy, creative way to chill outdoors together.

What’s holding you back from living the hammock life? Share your hammock stories and photos with me on Instagram by tagging your post with #venturelocal.

5 Impactful Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Almost 50 years ago, 20 million Americans participated in massive coast-to-coast rallies, advocating for heathy, sustainable environments on America’s first Earth Day celebration. Today, speaking up for our planet is more important than ever as our country teeters on the edge of returning to reckless industrialization or moving forward with responsible innovation. Since the beginning, we were entrusted to care for the earth, so I wanted to share 5 easy ways you can celebrate Earth Day  while making a lasting impact for generations to come.

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycling is one of the easiest ways you can celebrate- most counties have a central recycling pick-up service, and recycling reciprocals are often located in accessible areas. Take a moment this weekend to familiarize yourself with what items your reciprocals will accept. I also challenge you to take recycling a step further and work toward cutting out plastic consumption all together with a zero waste lifestyle. Over the last few months, I made a handful of these changes myself!

A list of recyclable and non-recyclable items for Portage County

Recycling also goes beyond far more than the traditional plastics, glass and metals we’re familiar with. Did you know? You can actually recycle old electronics at Best Buy, recycle (or resell) clothes and compost certain foods and paper products. Before tossing anything in the trash, think first, can this be recycled or reused?

2. Grow A Garden, Plant a Tree

Spring is the perfect time to plant a garden or grow herbs in your kitchen. Not only will your new plant babies add flavor to your dishes, they’ll bring clean air into your home and neighborhood as they “exhale” oxygen. Gardening can also include flowers, bushes, trees and more. When you plant new foliage, the roots will help prevent erosion and the plant itself offers new habitats for local wildlife, making your yard an outdoor oasis.

Hands plant a cactus.

3. Clean Up Outdoor Messes

When I worked at Crooked River Adventures, I regularly saw tires, traffic cones and other trash sitting in the Cuyahoga River on low water days. This Earth Day (and every day) you can intentionally pick up trash in our parks, rivers and cities. My town also plans to host a Clean Up Kent event Saturday, April 21- check with your city leaders to see how you can help clean up your hometown too.

4. Learn About Our Earth

Education is the foundation of economic prosperity, improved societies and overall growth of individuals and nations. Make an effort to learn something new about our wonderful planet and your place in it. You could visit a nature center, enroll in an environmentalism program, read a book, watch documentaries like Planet Earth 2 or Before The Flood with Leonardo DiCaprio… the list goes on. Learning is the necessary first step to making any kind of lasting impact- if you don’t know it, how can you support it?

Planet Earth 2 Banner
5. Go Outside

This one’s simple: get off the couch and go outside! As you’ll find in this blog, Ohio has an unending amount of outdoor recreation. Our state is filled with national, state and local parks, breathtaking cliffs, gorgeous waterfalls, rivers, lakes, forests, meadows, swamps– really anything you can think of, I’d argue we have it or something very similar. So find a way to be outside this Earth Day! My plan is to go camping at West Branch State Park and make some awesome memories with my friends.

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Earth Day celebrations don’t have to be limited to just one day out of the year. Why not take one or two suggestions from my list and make them a new habit? Will you commit to reducing your trash through recycling? Or read up on Ohio’s habitat preservation efforts? Maybe it’s as simple as going outside more often. Regardless, I hope you’ll make Earth Day and what it stands for less a holiday and more of a lifestyle.

Something New: Mountain Biking

Much of my biking experiences have been pretty tame up until this point. Casual rides through a neighborhood here, a short trip on a paved path there- but my chill biking life was turned upside down last weekend when my friend Emil stuck me on a mountain bike in Lake Hope State Park.

Haley on her mountain bike at the trial head

With a borrowed bike and a helmet strapped to my head, Emil followed close behind with his GoPro,  recording every second of my first mountain biking experience. Lucky for you, the GoPro not only caught my many epic biking fails, but it also picked up our goofy conversations and lots of laughter. That being said, I’m just going to leave this uber embarrassing video here…

So I’m clearly no professional when it comes to mountain biking; I actually sucked at it. None the less, I learned so much about the sport from riding the trail all day. It’s a real adrenaline rush AND a fantastic workout- I can’t wait to bike again a little closer to home!

Hocking Hills Cool Down

Panoramic view of Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State ParkAs with any physical activity, a cool down is essential to avoiding cramped muscles the next day. Hocking Hills State Park was just a short drive from the mountain bike trials, so naturally, Emil and I took a quick detour to walk off our ride. Man, was it worth it!

The park was nothing like I’d ever seen before- we were awestruck by its enormous cliffs, beautiful blue water, thick and thin waterfalls and friendly trail dogs. I’m so glad we stopped before embarking on our 3-hour drive home.

You can see a few of our photos here, but be sure to follow me on Instagram for the rest! And if you’re itching for more mountain biking videos, I’ll point you to Emil’s YouTube channel– he may or may not have some supplemental footage of my fails… 😉

 

How to Ski: Lessons from My Fourth Grade Self

I was 10-years-old when I put on my first pair of skis. As a goofy fourth grader, I was on the hunt for a new way to spend my winter weekends, and someway somehow I decided Ski Club was the way to do it. Since then, I’ve been on and off the slopes every season, becoming not so much an expert, but definitely more knowledgable in the sport than the average Joe. Thankfully for all my friends who ski with me, what I learned as a fourth grader stuck, and I continue to teach the basics using the same elementary school language as the ski instructors who taught me years ago.

Learning from A Fourth Grader

Childish, maybe, but memorable.  As my friends enroll in my unofficial skiing crash course, I’ve learned everyone picks up on the sport at a different rate. Regardless, from my many lessons led, I now know three universal concepts everyone should get before their first run.

1. Pizza and French Fries

Pizza and french fries are essential to skiing! While I wish I could tell you these American delicacies were served on every lift, I’m actually talking about your skis’ positions while on the slope.

pizza and french fries on a ski slope

If your skis look like french fries, then they are parallel and totally flat on the snow. You’re going to fly down and arrive at the bottom of the slope in seconds. If they look like a slice of pizza, then your skis are in a triangle shape and slightly bent inward so as to dig into the snow as you move. In pizza, you’ll travel much slower and have more control over your speed. In short, french fries = fast and pizza = slow. Easy to remember, right? After all, french fries are fast food and pizza takes about 30-40 minutes to make 😉

2. Crossed Skis Mean Hurt Knees

Crossing your skis is the equivalent of stepping on your own foot while walking; both will make you trip and fall. As a beginner, it’s super easy to accidentally cross your skis. I mean, your feet just grew to be as long as you are tall! I like to tell my friends, “crossed skis mean hurt knees” not only because it rhymes, but because it’s true. When you put on your ski boots, your ankles become locked in place, making your knees the next movable joint and the most vulnerable to injuries. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve fallen and totally wrecked my knees. It’s not very fun…

3. You Will Fall, So Practice It

My friend lying in the snow after a fall

In skiing, falling doesn’t always translate into failure. It’s actually a great way to avoid potentially painful crashes. Voluntary or not, falling is inevitable, so it’s best to learn how to do it well. As I mentioned, your knees are one of the most vulnerable joints on the slopes, so when you fall, do your best to protect your knees. Falling to side rather than forward or backward is the best way to keep your knees in tact. Another trick is to fall uphill; it’s the easiest position to get up from and it prevents you from sliding further down the slope. Sometimes, though, a fall is totally unexpected and you don’t have time to think about which direction to land. It just happens, and that’s okay! In any case, if you eat it, and I mean really eat it, your skis will pop off nine times out of 10.

Sure, skiing has a pretty steep learning curve, but once you have the basics down, I’d argue it’s one of the best ways to enjoy the winter weather. If you’re ready to take on Northeast Ohio’s slopes, I encourage you to check out my trip guide to Brandywine Ski Resort and plan your day on my favorite slopes! If not, you can always enjoy this video of me skiing in slow motion instead.

 

 

Guide: Winter Waterfalls

I don’t know about you, but when I hear someone mention Cuyahoga Valley, waterfalls are one of the first things that pop into my head. CVNP has an endless number of waterfalls scattered throughout the park ranging from large, loud falls like Brandywine Falls to small trickles of water that only appear after a heavy rain. If you’re from the area, I’m sure you’ve visited a handful of the waterfalls on a warm summer afternoon- but have you thought about visiting in the winter?

Winter transforms the park into a pristine frozen wonderland and creates a certain peaceful atmosphere you just can’t experience in the summer. Although it’s been painfully cold the last couple of weeks, the sub zero temps created the perfect conditions for some gorgeous frozen waterfalls- I couldn’t stay away.

Winter Waterfalls in The Valley
Bridal Veil FallsSnow Covered Bridal Veil Falls

The first set of falls I visited were Bridal Veil Falls up in the northernmost section of the park. These falls have less of a dramatic drop and gently flow down a steep shale slide. In the summertime, the falls flow into a V resembling- you guessed it- a bride’s wedding veil.

In the winter, the veil shape is nearly gone and the falls are often covered in snow. Thankfully, when my friend and I hiked to Bridal Veil Falls, we could still make out the slight resemblance of the veil. The river was frozen solid, so he and I decided walked above and below the falls and discovered small waterfall-esque icicles hanging from the rocks in the riverbed.

Icicles hang from a rock at Bridal Veil Falls
Blue Hen Falls

This waterfall is super accessible and practically within spitting distance of the parking lot. Blue Hen Falls is located in Boston Mills- you can actually hike to the Boston Mills Ski Resort from the falls overlook! In the summer, Blue Hen Falls is a thin trickle of water that drops from a rock slab overhang above the river, but in the winter, it’s a pile of frozen water nearly twice the size of the summer flow.

Blue Hen Falls in the Winter

When I went to see these falls, my friend and I hiked down to the pool and stood right next to the ice mound as the creek was rock solid. We were able to admire the falls from a totally different view that you can’t really experience in the summer- I loved looking at the cave that formed behind the waterfall from years of erosion.

All in all, I’ve really enjoyed my winter waterfall hikes and would encourage everyone to make a point to visit CVNP before spring. It’s a completely different experience and well worth the chattering teeth! If you’re thinking of taking on the park this winter, here’s a couple tips I have from my chilly hikes.

What to Wear

Haley stands in front of a frozen Blue Hen Falls

If you’re going to hike in and around the waterfalls, I’d highly recommend wearing waterproof boots. While the river may seem frozen, there’s always a chance you could step through and into a little bit of ice water. Another piece that’s a must is warm, wool socks inside your shoes. Nothing is worse than cold toes, trust me, I’ve been there.

Aside from your shoes, I’d also suggest wearing layers you can easily add or take off. Even though it might feel chilly at the start of your hike, once you get moving, your body will warm up and if you have too much on, you’ll start to sweat. There’s nothing more dangerous than sweating in the winter. If you’re out for an extended period of time, you could develop signs of hypothermia, so be sure to wear layers and actively take them on and off as your body warms and cools.

What to Bring

When it’s cold outside, it’s hard to tell when you’re thirsty and dehydrated. I always have a water bottle waiting for me in the car after a hike, regardless of the weather that day. As an added bonus in the winter, I’ll also make myself a post hike thermos with hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate. There’s nothing better than warming up with a hot drink! Be sure to put it in an insulated thermos too- I like to use Klean Kanteen’s 12oz insulated mug, it keeps your drink hot for up to 8 hours.

Another must is a box of tissues! I don’t know about you, but my nose is like a faucet when I’m out in the cold, so I couldn’t imagine a drive home without some relief.

Guide: Szalay’s Farm & Market

Fall. The one season with a mile long list of things to do and only a couple weeks to do them all. Between fall festivals, Oktoberfest celebrations, Halloween parties and the BEST weather of the entire year, it’s no wonder I have a jam packed schedule. Weekends during this time are precious, and I’d argue the best place to go for a worthwhile fall experience is Szalay’s Farm & Market in Peninsula. I truly love Szalay’s and here’s why: it seriously has something for everyone.

A creek runs through the Perkins Bridle Trail in CNVP

For the Outdoors-Person:

What really sets Szalay’s apart from other seasonal businesses is its location. Szalay’s is situated in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, making it perfect for the outdoorsy people of the world. If you’re a biker, you can ride down the Towpath Trail and arrive for a pit stop. If you’re out on a hike, you can swing by Szalay’s on your drive home- it’s just around the corner from some quality trails. My family and I hiked on the Perkins Bridle Trail, which was a short five-minute drive from Szalay’s.

For the Family:

Szalay’s has been a family owned market for four generations and offers fun activities for any age. Families can pick out pumpkins, take photos next to a giant hay bale spider, walk into “The Spinning Barn,” play mini games like ball tosses and target practice and meander through a corn maze. Even as adults, my family and I loved playing at the farm. Watch us discover one of eight hidden pumpkins in the corn maze in the GoPro video below!

For the photographer:

Szalay’s is a beautiful place with fantastic photo opps everywhere. You can see it for yourself when you search Szalay’s location on Instagram! It was funny to check the feed when we got home because almost everyone I saw there posted a photo of themselves at Szalay’s… including myself! From magazine worthy pumpkins to perfectly assembled ice cream cones, Szalay’s is a photographer’s paradise.

A stack of Pumpkins at Szalay's Farm & Market

For the Foodie:

It’s in the name: Szalay’s Farm & Market is a market full of delicious, locally grown food for you to enjoy there or take home! The market also has cozy rocking tables where you can sit, swing and eat a tasty snack. Order a hot lunch from one of their four food stands! I highly recommend the deli dog and lemonade.

For the Local:

In addition to the hot food stands, Szalay’s also has an extravagant market filled with seasonal produce, flowers and homemade products. If you’re looking for a new place to pick up your groceries for the week, Szalay’s has everything you’ll needto make a meal and at a competitive price.

For the Visitor:

If you’re from out of town, Szalay’s is hands down the perfect place to go for a genuine taste of Ohio. It shows a glimpse of the beauty Ohio has to offer both in the landscape and the people who live here.

Haley & Janine stand next to a hay bale spider
What to Wear

Ready to make your trip to Szalay’s? Don’t forget to pack a pair of sunglasses and wear older shoes. The farm and market can easily become muddy from heavy foot traffic.

What to Bring

Do NOT forget to bring cash to Szalay’s! Most of the family activities cost a couple bucks and unfortunately they don’t take credit or debit. However, if you do forget your cash, no big deal. There’s an ATM in the market area for guests to use. I’d also highly suggest bringing a camera- this place is too unique to not snap a couple photos.

My Eclipse Experience

It was peaceful but eerie. Astoundingly beautiful but kind of underwhelming, all at the same time.

It’s hard for me to find the right words to describe Monday’s partial solar eclipse, which is saying a lot as I’m “a professional communicator.” Knowing my words and photos will never do the eclipse justice frustrates me, but I find comfort knowing that some things in life just can’t be described. For one, this keeps me humble and reminds me how small I am in the presence of God. The world is often times indescribable, and the best we can do to understand it is to just experience it. So here goes my attempt to describe my eclipse experience.

1PM

I pull into the parking lot at Mogadore Reservoir, my choice viewing location. I pump up my stand up paddle board, put on my life jacket and start to paddle out. I travel away from the put in, through the Route 43 underpass and into the giant reservoir. It’s pretty “normal” outside. A couple people are in boats, fishing alongside a handful of great blue herons.

Mogadore Reservoir before the eclipse
2PM

The eclipse is in full swing at this point and the sky is noticeably darker. It’s a mostly clear day, but it looks and feels like it’s about to rain. Everything around me is extremely still, almost creepy still. The wind stops blowing, the herons are gone and I haven’t seen a fish jump in more than 30 minutes. It’s almost like the world is preparing to stop for the eclipse. I decide to stop as well. I lay on my board, put on my eclipse glasses and watch as the moon slowly but surely covers more and more of the sun.

Mogadore Reservoir is erie and dark during the eclipse
Haley lays on her board
2:30PM

The sky during the eclipse with a sunflare

It’s peak eclipse time now. The sun looks the same to the naked eye but behind my glasses the shadow of the moon has taken over. I tried to capture the eclipse in a photo, but it was nearly impossible with my standard iPhone. However, in the bottom right of the sky, you can see a small sun flare in the shape of the eclipse.

3PM

By now, the world feels like it’s spinning again and Mogadore’s environment returns to it’s usual rhythm. I start to make my way back. As I think about what I just saw, I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed, wondering what a total eclipse would have been like. None the less, I decide I’m happy I went out. I’m thankful for the stillness and peace I experienced and can’t wait for 2024. In seven years, the next solar eclipse will occur, and Ohio will be smack dab in the path of totality.

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Ohio

Millions of eyes will be on the sky this Monday and for good reason. For the first time in more than 30 years, the United States will be the hot spot for a total solar eclipse.

The path of totality will pass just south of Ohio, but that doesn’t mean the event is a total washout. The moon will still cover 80 to 90 percent of the sun from our vantage point, making Ohio a great place to see this celestial treat.

NASA created a fantastic interactive map that shows exactly what time the eclipse will happen by dropping a pin on the location of your choice. For Northeast Ohio, the eclipse will start at about 1PM and end close to 3PM. The best time to see the eclipse will be at roughly 2:30PM.

A screenshot of NASA's interactive map showing what time the eclipse will be over Northeast Ohio
Where to Watch
Attend a watch party

The eclipse is almost as exciting as watching the Cavs win the NBA Championship in 2016, so it’s no wonder Northeast Ohio will be littered with eclipse watch parties Monday afternoon. WKSU created a list of watch parties happening Monday, check out their list to find a watch party near you!

Watch at a park or at home

Eclipse glasses

If you want a more private viewing, then you can always watch it from a park, or even your back yard! If you choose the park route, I’d suggest going to Howe Meadow or The Ledges Shelter in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Both have huge grassy areas to lay in. Bring a blanket, pack a lunch and don’t forget to wear your eclipse glasses to protect your eyes! As for me, I plan to be at Mogadore Reservoir on a stand up paddle board. If you’re in or around Kent, you’re totally welcome to join me on the water this Monday. If you can’t make it, no worries. I plan to share a post about my eclipse experience, complete with photos, on Friday 😉

Watch it online

Okay, the reality is majority of you have a job or are in school, so watching the eclipse in the middle of a Monday afternoon may not be possible- but don’t feel like you have to miss out! Thankfully, NASA will have a live video stream starting at 1PM called Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASAEven though you might be trapped in a post lunch meeting, you can still enjoy the eclipse online.

I’m beyond excited to see this solar eclipse, and I hope you can find the perfect place to watch that also fits with your Monday schedule. I look forward to seeing your photos and hearing your stories on social media!

 

*Photos in this post were found on the NASA website and are not my own. 

Finding Myself on the PCT

Let’s get this out of the way.

No, I’m not cool enough to have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this summer. I’m not even cool enough to have hiked a section of the Appalachian Trail, to be honest. However, I am cool enough to have read a book about the PCT.

At this point, I’m assuming you’ve heard about Wild by Cheryl Strayed. The book was made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and also took the title of #1 New York Times Bestseller. The captivating story of a woman’s solo journey of healing and hiking has gained some serious popularity to say the least.

Although she and I had very little in common other than our short blonde hair, I felt oddly connected to Cheryl as I read her memoir. I couldn’t help but notice the similarity of two mildly-experienced outdoorswomen trying to process what happened in our lives and what we’re supposed to do now.

What happened in her life was wildly different than what happened in mine: She suffered through the death of her mother, destruction of her marriage and addiction to heroin. I did what most 22-year-olds do and graduated from college. Despite the extremity of her life compared to mine, we were both faced with the glaring realization that everything had changed and we were left in the aftermath of that change, unsure of what made us ourselves. By the end of her 1,100 mile solo hike, Cheryl was at peace with her past and confident in who it shaped her to be and as I closed the back cover of her book, I too felt confident in who I am becoming.

I’m no longer a college student, and that’s okay. I’m slowly but surely becoming a young professional, and that’s okay too because I’ve realized that “a college student” or “a public relations guru” isn’t who I am anyway. Instead, God reminded me that my identity is found in Him above all else. He tells me He chose me to be His forever, as His beloved, set apart from everyone else and cared for unconditionally for eternity (1 Peter 1). That, unlike where I work or what I do, won’t ever change.

Still, I admit adulthood and change and everything else that comes with that is terrifying, so I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from Wild about fear:

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” -Cheryl Strayed

 

How to: Speak like a Climber

This semester I climbed at the rock wall periodically- yay for Free Climb Fridays at Kent State’s rec center- and I quickly learned there’s a certain culture that exists at the wall. Most people I met drink black coffee, wear khakis and flannels and spend as much time as possible outdoors. I fit right in.

However, the more time I spent with my friends at the rock wall, the more I noticed the language barrier that existed between us. There’s a whole slew of words and phrases that make up a climber’s vocabulary- from belays to arêtes to the Yosemite Decimal System– all of which make up this new language I’m learning.

Below are a couple common conversations I heard at the wall, translated into standard English:

Haley climbs a route.

What they say: “Can I get a belay?”

What they really mean: “Can someone hold my rope so I can climb up the wall and not fall to my death?”

What they say: “Oh that route’s tough. It supposed to be a 5.8 but it’s more like a 5.10.”

What they really mean: “The direction you’re supposed to climb up the wall is hard. On the Yosemite Decimal System (a system that rates the difficulty of technical climbs from 5.0-5.15) this route is labeled as a medium level route but it’s actually closer to medium-hard.”

What they say: “Let’s climb over by the dihedral instead. There’s a route there that has a couple nice jugs.”

What they really mean: “Let’s climb on a part of the wall where two planes of the wall come together to form a corner. There’s a way to get up the wall that has a couple super easy places to put your hands.”

What they say: “Try to get your legs up! You can smear your right foot and then stem your way up.”

What they really mean: “To climb higher on the wall, you’ll need to move your feet up the wall. You can put your entire foot directly on the wall for friction and then spread your legs into a wide V-shape to work your way up.”

What they say: “Take!” “Got you.” “Ready to lower.” “Lowering.”

What they really mean: “I’m at the top, can you get rid of any slack in the rope?” “I took the slack out, I’m holding on tight.” “I’m ready to come down.” “Bringing you down.”

Now that I’m not a student and lost a lot of the freebies that come with being in undergrad, I hope to spend some time at Rock Mill and Cleveland Rock Gym. Stay tuned for more posts to come this summer about climbing and other adventures! Until then, enjoy this super adorable photo of my friend Kait and I at the rock wall.