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"Meet Up" groups offer fun way to establish social circles

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - When last summer rolled around, Zola Vernon made it her mission to get out of the house, and see some of the best this region has to offer.

"I wanted to get into hiking. I had been wanting to, but didn't want to go by myself," she said.

Vernon found the perfect solution to her problem, online. The solution is called a "Meet Up." 

"We have hikes every day of the week, really. We go to Red River Gorge. We go to Carter Caves. We go over to Indiana," said organizer Sheila Kelly.

The events allow people to connect with others who share common passions and interests.

"I had never met any of these people," Vernon said. She said she quickly began to connect with her fellow hikers as they climbed through rough terrain and over hills. Pretty soon, those people, from all walks of life became her friends. 

"They've all brought a lot of things to my life. It's great," Vernon said.

"If the hiking group isn't going to be your thing, don't worry, there are a lot of other options. There's a group set up for people who are new to the city, and if you're single and ready to mingle, there's a group for that too," Kelly said. 

She adds, "Pretty much anything you can imagine, there's a group out there for it."

People who are interested can figure out which Meet Up they want to attend by going to the Louisville area site, and search for activities they are interested in.

Several events with places and times are listed on the site's page. People simply need to contact the group organizer to get it all set up.

"I think it helps get people more involved in the community, and to know other people," Kelly said.

The hiking group proved to be the shot of life Vernon needed. And about 50 of her new adventurous friends can say the same thing.

She said, "There's a lot of other people who like to go out and do what you do."
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