Red River Gorge: fall trip

Last weekend the Hubby and I took about 36 hours to reset and unwind. Our favorite place to do that is in the Gorge. If you are from Louisville or any of the surrounding areas, you know Red River Gorge is a backpacker and camper’s paradise. It’s located in Daniel Boone National Forest and it is full of gorgeous scenery, great hiking trails with awe-inspiring views, and great fishing. We set up camp in our usual spot, on a sandy beach cozied up against a curve in the Indian Creek, an offshoot of the Red River.

We call it our home away from home, our special camping spot. It is literally the perfect spot and no one can ever find it because it is hidden among the back country and primitive camping sites. We tend to avoid camping grounds and try to always set up away from other people. We’re here to enjoy the most basic wilderness, and maybe a couple of human comforts like fire and booze. 

The evening was spent with a couple of great friends, food cooked over an open fire, and great conversation. We took turns hunting for firewood and tending to the fire. The sense of community built in the time it takes to pitch a tent and organize your campsite is an indescribably good feeling.

Sunday was spent on the trails. We got a late start but thought we might have enough time to do the double arches loop. It’s about 5 miles round trip. On a normal day, it would be simple. This Sunday we had 4 dogs and a 3 year old. It took a bit longer than expected and we ended up walking at least a mile in the dark. Luckily they had a gravel trail for easy trekking. 

The trail was arduous but so very worth it. Red River Gorge in the fall is the most beautiful sight you could think of. I felt like I was standing in a stock photo. The colors were fantastic and when viewed from the height we achieved they felt almost unreal. 

I can’t wait to return to the gorge as soon as possible. I haven’t been yet during the winter, but I would love to wake up and peer from my tent to see a soft powder coating the ground. There are so many more trails to explore, and I haven’t even begun to talk about the super cool rock structures that the gorge is full of.

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Free & Cheap Yoga in Louisville **Updated 7/18/17**

I love Yoga. I love going to yoga class, more than practicing at home, because being in the space, surrounded by like-minded yogis, seems to really help me center myself into my practice more than I can when surrounded by the distractions of home. That being said, I do not have a yogi’s bank account. Yoga classes in Louisville can range from $20-25 a class, a luxury I simply cannot afford for an hour of stress relief and exercise. I have compiled a list of free and cheap or donation based classes for myself, and I have been asked about the list a couple of times now. So, I thought I would share it with all of you lovely people. Many of these classes are called “Karma Classes,” which is a great practice many yoga studios follow, where they offer a donation based or “pay what you can” class. I encourage you to please donate something, if you can, in order to keep these classes around. I categorized the classes by DAY to make your life easier.

Your Welcome!

Sunday

  • The Inner Warrior @ 1760 Frankfort Avenue has a FREE class from 5:30-6:30. They have a Karma Jar out for donations, though, and it goes toward their Karma Drive which help keep homeless Louisvillians warm  this winter. **You must register on their website before class.
  • 502 Power Yoga has Yoga for Recovery from 2:00-3:30 pm. This is a donation based class. This class ties in the 12-Step program, for those of you who may be struggling with addiction.

 

Monday

  • St. Paul’s Church at 2000 Douglas Blvd in the highlands has a yoga class for $5 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Shelby Park Community Center has a free community yoga class from 6-7 pm on Monday nights.
  • There is a $5 yoga class at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Mondays at 6pm. During warm weather this is outside, and I honestly don’t know if they move it indoors to the community area for the winter. If anyone does know, please comment and share!
  • Wanna enjoy some hops with your bend? Flat 12 Brewery hosts a donation-based yoga class at their brewery every Monday at 7:00pm. They are located in Jeffersonville at 130 West Riverside Drive. There is a $5 suggested donation, and $1 off your pints!

 

Tuesday

  • There is a yoga class on Louisville Waterfront Park from 7-8pm now until September 12th. It costs $5.
  • There is a class at 6:00 pm at the Fern Creek Community Center for $7 on Tuesdays.
  • From 4:30-5:45 Yoga East offers a $5 community class at their St. Matthews Studio at 115 Wiltshire Avenue, 40207.

 

Wednesday

  • E. P. Tom Sawyer Park has a yoga class at 6 pm on Wednesdays for $5. Like the Monday class, I’m not sure if it’s been moved inside because of the winter.
  • St. Paul’s Church at 2000 Douglas Blvd in the highlands has a yoga class for $5 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • The Inner Warrior @ 1760 Frankfort Avenue has a FREE class from 7:30-8:30. They have a Karma Jar out for donations, though, and it goes toward their Karma Drive which help keep homeless Louisvillians warm  this winter. **You must register before class on their website HERE
  • Across the water, at the Jeffersonville Riverstage, you can catch a yoga class from 10:30-11:00am hosted by Inner Spring Yoga. Its FREE!
  • Yoga East has a community class from 4:30-5:45pm for $5. It is at their St. Matthews studio. They also have a $5 Gentle Yoga class at their Highlands Studio from 11:00-12:15.

 

Thursday

  • There is a community class at the Family Health Center at 834 E Broadway from 6:00-7:15pm. It is $1. This class is hosted by the Kentucky Yoga Initiative. They have a whole schedule of community classes. You should check that out HERE.

Friday

  • Yoga East has $5 Chair Yoga class from 10:30-11:45am. Chair Yoga is great for seniors and yogis who are in a wheelchair.

 

Saturday

  • 11am-12pm at Tim Faulkner Art Gallery there is a donation based yoga class. This is sponsored by the Kentucky Yoga Initiative and it is my personal favorite yoga class.
  • Yoga on Baxter has a $5 community class on Saturdays from noon to 1 pm.
  • From 10-11am at the Jeffersonville Riverstage there is a free yoga class hosted by Inner Spring Yoga. I love that this class is outside, but hopefully early enough to beat the heat, plus nice and breezy by the river.

 

This is, by no means, a complete and comprehensive list of affordable yoga options in Louisville. I would love to keep adding to this list, so if you have anything to add, please comment!! Also, if you’re looking for a yoga buddy, don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Namaste,

Rach

Buy Local Fair Roundup

Last Sunday was the 4th Annual Buy Local Fair here in Louisville, KY. This is a big event where local businesses set up booths in one of our beautiful parks and Louisvillians flock to get coupons, drink bourbon and discover cool things to do in our hometown.  Any chance I get to learn about my awesome city, I take! I was so excited to explore the fair and find some neat things to do this summer.
I am terrible about taking pictures when I’m out having fun, but I did collect a lot of literature, so I just wanted to share with you a couple of places I discovered that are really neat in Louisville right now. There were what seemed like hundreds of businesses, from restaurants and boutiques, to wineries and yoga studios and hometown tour companies. The possibilities really are endless in Possibility City. I am only going to cover 6 places that I’m really interested in, but I’d love to hear about your favorite “hometown tourist” spots here in Louisville.

1. Louisville Salt Caves

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The Louisville Salt Cave is something I’ve been interested in for a while. They carted in 5 tons of 250 million year old Himalayan Salt and a halogenerator to create a pure air environment that is allergen free and saturated in negative ions, which increase your serotonin levels, making you happy! Additionally, salt therapy, or “halotherapy” helps with a plethora of health issues, including respiratory issues, dermatological issues, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and more. This one is definitely on my list to check out soon.

2. 502 Power Yoga

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I have been wanting to join a yoga studio for a while now, but there are so many different types I didn’t know what to choose. I saw a lot of studios at the fair, but 502 Power Yoga  stood out to me. They are the only studio in the state that teaches the Baptiste Method, and I love how they talk about yoga as a lifestyle, and community. On their website it says their goal is “to empower people to transform their bodies, minds, lives, and communities one breath and one pose at a time.” That sounds like something I want to be a part of. They have a new student introductory package of unlimited classes for 40 days for 40$ and that’s really freakin’ good. My first class is this Saturday! So look for an update on this cool new studio.

3. Tattoo Charlies

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To be honest, I didn’t just discover Tattoo Charlies. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and I actually have two gorgeous tattoos from them, and my sister has one. They have amazingly talented artists who really work with you to create the perfect image. This goes for the Tattoo Charlies on Dixie Hwy, too! Also, they have vegan ink, and that’s really neat.

4. University of Louisville Art Scene

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We all know University of Louisville  is a great place to get an education, but this summer I want you to remember that UofL also has loads of different activities and exhibits to entertain you, some at very little to no cost. While I was at the Buy Local fair I got several pamphlets from UofL. One was for one of their current art exhibitions, called Summer Breaks: Labor, Leisure, Lust… Y’all know how much I love art and alliteration! That’s going in until August 5th, I’m definitely gonna check it out. The Hite Art Institute at UofL actually has 6 art galleries they maintain. That’s an entire day worth of culture and entertainment! Additionally, they have enough art on the campus itself, there’s a tour revolved around it. Its called the Art Walk.

5. Louisville Vegan Jerky Company

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Ok, to be honest, I didn’t see the Louisville Vegan Jerky Co. at the Buy Local Fair, I saw them at the Flea Off Market, which is another fun local event we have. But I reallllly wanted to share this awesome product with you. It is gluten-free,  non-gmo certified, soy based jerky and it is seriously yummy. Plus, they have a Jerky of the Month Club, where you can subscribe to get 3 bags of jerky delivered to your door for 20$ a month. PLUS, 1$ of each month goes to an animal sanctuary that needs funding.  So many pluses!

6. PlayThink Movement and FlowArts Festival

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The 5th annual PlayThink Festival is going down June 15-19 this year in Berea, Ky, about two hours from Louisville. It includes a lot of really cool things to do, learn ,watch, and buy. Though I won’t be able to attend this festival,  it looks like it would be perfect for my hippie self, and anyone who considers themselves a hippie or a free spirit. It looks like tickets are selling out fast, though, so I would hurry over to their website and get one if you’re interested.

 

This is only a tiny taste of what Louisville has to offer. I tried to showcase a variety of things to entertain you this summer, but trust me there is SOOO much more Louisville has to offer, so keep checking my blog throughout the summer for more fun things to do in Possibility City! And as always, I would love to hear about your favorite spots in The Ville!

From Possibility City,

Rachael

xo

The Arctic Scoop: A Review

I had a rough morning today. It’s been raining for a month straight and I just started my period. I’m hormonal, exhausted, and then ready for this weekend. After spending about an hour moping and feeling sorry for myself, I decided to head to work early, rather than continue the one-woman pity party I was currently throwing.

As I drove down Hurstebourne Lane I passed a shopping center with a gym and a bookstore and a purple fronted store called The Arctic Scoop. I had heard this name in passing and decided that ice cream would be the perfect comfort food for me on this rainy, yucky day.

The shop was open and warm, with murals on the walls and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. It smelled like cold, sweet, cream. There were friendly, hand drawn chalk board signs displaying the different options

for building your ice cream and cute little signs recommending combinations of flavors and mix ins.

I had never been to this shop before and I expected the normal set up: a counter with tubs of ice cream, a couple types of cones and maybe some yummy toppers. This was not the case at The Arctic Scoop. They are a nitrogen ice cream shop, which is, apparently, all the rage right now. I was instructed to pick a “base” from different milk products. I chose almond milk. I was tickled that they had so many non-dairy options when it came to bases. After the “base” I got to choose two flavors. I chose white chocolate and coconut.

For my “add-ins” I got to choose two. It was a difficult to choose from all the amazing choices, but I picked almonds and vanilla wafers. The attendant took all my ingredients and threw them in a metal bowl and swirled them around with a bunch of smoke and magic and created a milkshake.

I don’t honestly know the benefits of nitrogen made ice cream, if there are any, but I know that milkshake was the bomb dot com!!! Creamy and full of flavor and piled high with homemade whipped cream. Smooth and sweet and just what I needed.

Milkshakes are $5.99 for a nice size shake, I honestly don’t know how big it was. They also had ice cream cones, cups, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, banana splits, and other sweet stuff.

It seemed like the perfect place to take a date or bring the kids. I love the fact that it is open until 11 on the weekends. I would love to catch a late night scoop with my hubby one day soon.

 

Louisville Exclusive: Burger Boy

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I love breakfast.  I think it is the most versatile meal and should be enjoyed at any time possible. That being said,  fuck McDonald’s all day breakfast,  which does not even include the almighty biscuit, king of breakfast sandwiches and gravy’s perfect mate. Luckily,  I happen to be best friends with a fellow breakfast enthusiast, and we both learned of this hidden gem on Brook and Burnett long ago. We set off for Burger Boy today around noon,  when good breakfast was hard to come by. 

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Burger Boy is simple and unassuming, with an open counter and grill in view.  It’s got a juke box and some cool signs.  Regular diner stuff. The staff is always friendly, the service usually quick.  Bri and I always get breakfast, but I’ve ordered burgers there before,  and they are very good.

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Today,  though,  I got the Burger Boy Special. Biscuits & Gravy, to be brought out first, please; plus two eggs-over medium, toast, fried potatoes,  and sausage, bacon or ham. The biscuit & gravy I managed to get a picture of, but the rest of the meal was devoured at first sight.
The biscuits and gravy were good,  but a little cold. The gravy is always nice and thick, though, so it was still delicious. The bacon was crispy, the potatoes well seasoned. But the real show stealer was the eggs. I dont know if their eggs are organic or local, and I forgot to ask,  but they are seriously amazing.  They taste better than any egg I’ve ever had.  They’re light and soft and silky and buttery.  It tastes like they have a golden hen in the backroom laying eggs to order.
It was less than $20 for the two of us to eat huge meals and have some coffee. I would totally recommend Burger Boy for anyone at anytime who is hungry. Plus it’s open 24/7 and serves the full menu 24/7. So suck on that McDonald’s.

Goodwill Steals

So my friend Linds and I went to the goodwill yesterday and I wanted to show off what I found. I also wanted to use this opportunity to work on my photography skills. I’m just using a really simple smart phone and the Google Photos editing tools, so don’t expect too much. Ha-ha
We went to the Goodwill in Mt. Washington, which is on the outskirts of Louisville. I hadn’t been to this one before and I knew I only wanted to spend ten dollars. I should’ve brought more money.
The store was clean, neat, and well organized. The cashier was friendly, and of course, the prices were great. For three dollars a piece I got three really cute items.
A pair of Charlotte Russe flats

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I found a Vert purse. It’s my favorite color and it’s huge! I can fit a book, a planner, a journal, a wallet, and lipstick in it. Everything I need.

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I also this badass sweatshirt! I can’t wait until it gets chilly and I can start wearing it.

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What do you think? What’s your favorite goodwill/consignment find?

Stay positive!!!

Rach

South Side Rock Quarry

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It’s an oasis next to an expressway. A pool of paradise in the middle of Okolona. We’d been meaning to go to the Southside Rock Quarry for two summers now and at the tail end of this one we finally made it.

It was the perfect day for it, too. Sweltering hot, not a cloud in the sky. Allen and I, with our good friends, Chris and Lindsay, packed the car early. A cooler full of sandwiches and snacks, another full of beer, and 45 minutes

Lindsay, soaking up the sun.
Lindsay, soaking up the sun.

worth of blowing up rafts and beach balls. We arrived around 11.

Already, the place was hoppin’. There must have been 300+ barely clothed people all along the beach and in the water. About 50 feet from shore were floating docks of all different size. Anchored to quite a lot of them were masses of inner tubes, mostly filled with people partying there asses off.

Beyond them was just a huge expanse of water, boxed in on all side by tall walls of cut rock. There was even a little “cave” in the water that we really wanted to go explore in… And potentially sneak a doobie. We parked relatively close and I slathered myself in SPF 100. We loaded the rafts with cheap beer and very carefully loaded a Ziploc with cigarettes, a lighter, and a freshly rolled Garcia Vega. Then we headed down the rocky beach.

My pale self(ie).
My pale self(ie).

The edge of the water had a shiny film on it. We all agreed it was probably a mixture of suntan oil and alcohol, and leaped onto our rafts quickly. We half paddled, I mostly coasted past the majority of the crowd. Everyone was friendly. You couldn’t float in any direction without having to bump and slide past other people, but we all just laughed and had “Hey, how ya’ doin’s” with about everybody. There was a DJ playing great music. I heard plenty of current pop, hip hop, and rock, but also classic rock, old school rap, and some great 90’s music. Smashmouth and Salt N Pepa.

We finally got to the cave, the guys had rushed ahead of Lindsay and I, though and I could tell something wasn’t quite right. It was only about 30 feet deep, and a lot of garbage and gunk had been pushed into it. We said nope! and went farther along the rock wall until we found a decent spot. The rocks were perfectly perchable, but we decided to stay on the rafts and link our feet together. Mostly out of laziness.

The Cave
The Cave

We smoked and then allowed ourselves to float and chat and settle into comfortable periods of silence for a good hour. Until we ran out beer and realized we had the munchies. Then we paddled up to shore, snacked and took a few shots of Jaeger and Red Bull, and then headed back to the water, this time to jump off one of those docks. This was pretty much the rhythm of our entire day and it was seriously perfect.

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The guys, as we were getting ready to head out.

We were at the Quarry for over 8 hours. It was an absolutely adventurous, exciting, relaxing, exhilarating,  wonderful day. There are too many adjectives to even keep going. I was so worried that we would work this entire summer away and not have any really amazing days to look back on. This was that day, that experience, that we will always look back on when we remember the Summer of 2015.