A view from a recent hike I did
Wow, can you believe that we only have one more week left of July? This summer (and this year) has gone by really fast. I can’t believe that in 4 short weeks, I’ll be back in my college town, preparing for my final fall semester as an undergrad. This year definitely needs to slow down a bit. Anyway, I haven’t done much blogging this month so I decided to go ahead and catch you up on my latest shenanigans.
I Dyed a Few Streaks in my Hair Purple
I had been wanting to do this for awhile but decided that it would be better to wait and get explicit permission from the superiors at my internship (which is a government position) before taking that step.
When I was in my teens, I totally against dying any part of my hair. I was content with my mousey brown locks and decided that the only drastic change I would be making to them was their length.
But as I grew up, my opinions changed and I become more open to trying different things. I eventually became bored with the monotony of hair and wanted something that would set me apart from other people.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I talked to my stylist and I told her that I wanted the purple to be more pronounced on one side and less pronounced on the other. For the less pronounced side, I was going to opt for having a streak of my hair that was simply underneath the top portions, but my stylist made it to where it looks like I have highlights on the one side.
Sadly, the color is only semi-permanent and will eventually fade. I’ve been using sulfate-free shampoo and taking luke-warm showers to prolong the color. And while I am sad that the purple will fade, it’ll mean that I can try out different colors. I think maybe I’ll do turquoise the next time. When I graduate next Spring, I’ll probably dye the locks red since it’s one of my school’s colors.
Another Hiking Adventure
When I told my supervisor at my internship about my first solo hike that I mention in my previous post, he suggested another hike for me to try on the Appalachian Trail.
This one wasn’t nearly as long or challenging as the other one but I still got the same content feeling as before. The overlook I hiked to was only the first one in the hike one of my books mentioned but I was due for work in 4 hours and I didn’t want to take the joy out of my adventure by rushing through it.
To my slight annoyance, the overlook was packed with day hikers like myself and it was hard to get some peace and quiet, especially since they were so many kids around. But at least I was able to get someone to take a picture of me with the view in the background.
I’ll definitely continue to do more solo hikes in the weeks to come.
Falling in Love with Local Shops
While many of the hikes I do are only about an hour or so away from my house, I try to add onto the adventure by visiting coffee little shops in nearby towns after I do my hike.
Even when I’m at home or in my college town, I love visiting coffee shops. There’s one in my college town that I frequent quite a bit, not only because of their open mic nights but because the shop is non-profit and all of the proceeds go to helping children in Nicaragua.
To me, each local coffee shop has their own personality that is exhibited by its decor. Most of the shops in Virginia have a very rustic feel which makes me feel right at home.
I’m also falling in love with local restaurants and their cuisine. Being a picky eater may hinder me in some ways but that doesn’t stop me from finding something I like on the menu.
In my recent visit to a local shop, I even tried one of the signature cocktails and while it was sweater than what I usually go for, I still enjoyed it.
This lovely drink is called Virginia Slammer
Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ll get back to my Month in Review posts soon so expect one for July in the coming days. Peace ✌🏻