In my personal opinion, the best thing you can do in the fall in St. Louis is go out and enjoy the beauty of the season! This past week, a few friends and I went out hiking in Castlewood State Park. It was such a nice, peaceful change of scenery from campus and the city and provided some much needed stress relief for all of us! We took a 3 mile hike through the woods and were just awed by the lovely changing leaves. Whenever I’m feeling stressed out with homework and classes and life in general, I’m going to try to go out and hike again. I’m so very glad we found Castlewood, and I hope that we can go out there again soon!
When I came to Fontbonne I had no plans to continue dancing in college. I hadn’t even brought my dance shoes or supplies with me! However, towards the end of August I started seeing flyers up all over campus inviting anyone and everyone to come try out for the dance team. After much convincing from some of my friends I decided to go ahead and audition. The whole process of the audition was nothing short of intense and challenging. But, after the long hours of working, learning the dance combinations and performing, I found out that I made it onto the team!
Since then we’ve had a few practices and are starting to actually come together. I never realized just how much I missed dancing from high school. It was certainly a hobby that I thought I could live without when I went to college; I couldn’t have been more wrong. For me, being on the dance team is a huge and much needed stress reliever from the college workload. I am so grateful and happy to have the Griffin Girls as a support system and just a constant in my transition from high school to college. I know that I would never have been able to dance on a team at any school except here for at Fontbonne. Just another reason to love my school choice!
This is my 6th week here at Fontbonne and there are way too many things that have happened and been highlights thus far. But, if I had to choose one experience that has been above and beyond awesome I think I’ll go with the Forest Park Balloon glow and race that took place this past weekend. I had the wonderful opportunity to be on the balloon ground crew so I got to help set the balloon up. It may not sound like fun at all but it really didn’t feel like work. I got to stay at the festivities all day on both Friday and Saturday and saw so many Hot air balloons! I’ve always loved hot air balloons (and my dream is still to go up for a ride in one someday) but I’d never seen one up close until Friday at the glow.
Basically the balloon glow is when all the race participants set up their balloons the night before the race and show them all off. It’s kind of like a costume parade but with hot air balloons. They wait until evening when it’s dark and then inflate the balloons so that they are all still on the ground but look as though they could take off at any moment. It’s called a glow because when the pilot lights the fire up to keep the balloon in the air, their entire thing lights up! And let me tell you, seeing 70 hot air balloons glowing at the same time is pretty darn magnificent. The actual race wasn’t quite as amazing – at least this year – because we were unable to launch the Fontbonne balloon due the bad, windy weather. Honestly though, I didn’t really mind that because the balloons were still glorious! Being as I’m from out of state I had never been to the hot air balloon glow or race and I didn’t know what to expect at all. But wow, I am glad I went and I hope to come back every year to see it again!
The Forest Park Hot Air Balloon Glow