Completing a Lifelong Dream: Snorkeling with Manatees! in Crystal River, Florida

A few weeks ago, I got to complete an activity that has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember: Swimming with manatees! I've always said that manatees are my spirit animal. The giant sea cows. Floating sea potatoes. Whatever endearing name you call them. They're gentle creatures who officially have…

Going Back in Time in the Oldest Castle in the United States: Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots here in Florida. There's history, culture, good food, interesting architecture, and the people are so friendly. I've always thought that it was like New Orleans but classier and cleaner. If you've read some of my previous posts, you'll know that I adore New Orleans so…

Feeling Nostalgic of My Hometown, Tucson, Arizona

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll probably know that I was raised as a desert dweller. I lived in the dry landscapes of the southwestern United States in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona is a state unlike any other. The environment, particularly the Sonoran desert, can't be found anywhere else in the United…

Places That I Really Wanted to Visited in Houston, Texas, But Never Did

I recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida, after living in Houston, Texas, for just over a year. In that year, the COVID-19 pandemic started and I moved out of the state, so I never got the chance to visit a few places on my bucket list. "Greetings from Houston" mural, ft. me! So, what are those…

Black Rock?! Exploring Black Rock Beach at Big Talbot Island State Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

There are not many black rock beaches in the continental United States, but Jacksonville has a hidden black rock beach! However... looks can be deceiving! You may notice that parts of this post are similar to my "Boneyard Beach" post. Black Rock Beach and Boneyard Beach are very close to each other so it's very…

Getting Lost in Fort George Island Cultural State Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

When my family visited me here in Jax (short for Jacksonville) this winter, I knew that I wanted to take them up exploring in the nature areas of northeast Jax. At the time, I hadn't been in that area yet and was excited at the possibility of exploring somewhere new with my family, and not…

What It’s Like to Visit Disney World During the Pandemic

I will preface this post by saying: I know that it is not a smart idea to visit Disney World, or go anywhere (besides outside to explore, alone) during this pandemic, but my family surprised me with a trip to Disney World for Christmas. It was not my idea and I originally did not want…