So this one may be one of my favorite adventures. And I am not exaggerating. On Oaks Day aka the first Friday in May aka essentially a holiday in Louisville aka a day of horse racing leading up to the Kentucky Derby, when the rest of Louisville was celebrating, I took myself to the Red River Gorge for a day of adventuring. I had signed up with South East Mountain Guides to try rappelling and their Via Ferrata course and it was an amazing day!
So this one is not a total adventure, but it's still going to count! 🙂 So, if you know me, you know I really enjoy going to the theater - I am always so amazed by the talent of the actors and actresses. I like all kinds of theater - I have season tickets to Actor's Theater (a local theater) with one of my sisters and I so enjoy going!
So, I have horrible nails. Mainly because I have a really bad habit of picking at my cuticles. And because I pick at my cuticles and cut them (I know I am not supposed to, but I do) the grow insanely fast and exacerbate the issue. My nail situation is further worsened by the fact that i cant quite seem to keep polish on my nails and as soon as it starts to chip, I can quite seem to keep it from picking off. So needless to say, my nails usually do not look that great.
As I have mentioned before, I am not the handiest person around. And while I am not mechanically inclined, I am willing to help, am good at following directions and am pretty good and breaking things; all of which came in handy on my next adventure. I am not sure if I have shared this before, but family is really into the lake, and for those of you that know me, this is not a surprise - at all. We spend as many weekends as possible at the lake and on the water. For as long as I can remember, for me, summer = the lake. And for as many weekends as possible.
For about a year now, I have been wanting to try a recipe I saw on Southern Living's website for an 18-layer cake. 18 layers of homemade goodness in the form of yellow cake, but layered with plenty of delectable chocolate icing. But the kick is, there aren't too many occasions for making an 18-layer cake - it's a lot of work and you need to be feeding a lot of people who really like sweets, Finally, this Easter, presented the perfect opportunity with most of the folks from my mom's side of the family gathering to celebrate.
So, several months ago, I did something to my back and I am not sure exactly what I did, but regardless of how much I slowed downed at the gym, my back stayed weak and irritated. Finally, one day when I was reaching into the dryer and my back seized, I decided I had enough. I had enough of not being able to sit without pain, enough of not being able to lift at the gym, enough of having to walk with very rigid posture. I had enough.
For years I have heard a rumor that Louisville has a home-grown circus. I can honestly say that I didn't really believe it was true. And if it was true, what kind of caliber could it be? So on a random Friday night, my friend Christina and I were trying to figure out what we wanted to do... I took to google to see what was going to be happening that weekend and came up Turner's circus. I didn't actually know anyone who had been to Turner's Circus, the closest I came was a friend's ex-fiance's new wife was a performer of the circus. Regardless of not knowing anyone who has ever attended Louisville's original circus, I figured it would be a fun adventure.