An extended weekend spent exploring downtown + out in nature in Spokane, Washington, + Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

It’s kind of becoming tradition for me to visit my grandparents in Spokane, Washington, for my grandma’s birthday, in the summertime. Every time I go, I always try to make sure to spend as much time in nature as I can, going on a hike and exploring downtown Spokane, as well as visit one of…

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I Saw Anastasia on Broadway! in Jacksonville, Florida

As a child of the 90’s, I was obsessed with animated movie “Anastasia.” And especially being a young girl, I dreamed of being like young Ana and becoming a “lost princess” from a royal dynasty. As a fully grown young woman… I’m still obsessed. It’s just “matured” to obsessing over the Broadway version of the…

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Gaining Ever-lasting Youth at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth, in St. Augustine, Florida

Adventurers throughout the centuries have long sought after the Fountain of Youth, notoriously known for providing ever-lasting youth to those brave enough to drink from the fountain. Little did they know that it’s located in St. Augustine, Florida, about 45 minutes south of Jacksonville! The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is a privately owned 15-acre…

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Giant cacti + beautiful views while hiking the Loma Alta Trailhead in Saguaro National Park East, in Tucson, Arizona

I technically call Tucson, Arizona, my hometown because that’s where I went to high school and college, and where most of my family currently resides. To me, it’s one of the most uniquely beautiful places in America – perhaps the world. The desert landscape in Arizona, especially Saguaro National Park East + West, are breathtaking.…

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FREE Things to do in Jacksonville, Florida!

Travelling on a budget? There are surprisingly quite a few *free* things that you can do in Jacksonville for free. Here’s a list of some of my favorites! Beach This one is kind of a no-brainer. Jacksonville has four main beaches: Atlantic, Neptune, Jax, and Ponte Vedra beaches. My personal favorite is Jax Beach. It’s…

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Stunning views + lupine meadows hiking at Mt. Spokane, Washington

Hiking at Mount Spokane in Washington State is so beautiful and gives you absolutely STUNNING views of the valley below. Mount Spokane State Park is located about an hour and 15 minutes, or 35-40 miles, from Spokane proper. In the wintertime, it’s a popular spot to ski but in the off-season, it’s a beautiful spot…

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Walking the Southern Jacksonville Riverwalk, Florida

If you ever find yourself in Jacksonville along the southern edge of the St. Johns River, across from downtown, I highly recommend walking the Southern Riverwalk. It’s located right across the river from downtown, near the MOSH science museum and Treaty Oak Park that I’ve previously written about. There’s beautiful views of downtown and the…

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Experiencing “Roll to Pad” for the biggest rocket in the world: NASA’s Space Launch System in Cape Canaveral, Florida

I recently had one of those “how is this my life” kind of moments. You might remember that a few months ago, I got to see the biggest rocket in the world, the Space Launch System (SLS) shortly after it completed its full assembly at NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Kennedy Space Center. That…

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