Ashley Herrick is the assistant director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. She grew up in Ponchatoula and spent her summers making cardboard castles and eating ice cream at her grandparents’ sno-ball stand. After living abroad in Wales, Nova Scotia and France, Herrick is even more aware of Louisiana’s unique and vibrant culture, which she loves sharing with visitors from around the world. Now based in Baton Rouge, her favorite hobby involves grabbing her camera and a few friends to search for new Louisiana adventures. And if she gets to speak French along the way, that’s even better. You can reach Herrick at [email protected].