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…

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…

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…

My First Impressions of Florida

I've been living in Florida for about 3 weeks now and I'm already learning so much about the state. Please keep in mind, however, that I can only speak for the panhandle and Jacksonville area since that's what I've visited. But for the sake of this blog post, I tend to generalize the state. Having…