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…

A Midwestern Dream | Exploring Lafayette, Indiana

Have you ever explored the Midwest? This west coast gal hasn’t! But now I’m slowly working my way through it and I’m actually so pleasantly surprised. Lafayette, Indiana, is located about an hour and a half north of Indianapolis, in the Midwestern part of the state; it’s also about two and a half hours from…

What You Should Know Before Moving to Washington, D.C.

So you're thinking about moving to Washington, D.C.? I lived there for 8 months in 2018 and it was some of the best times of my life! If you're thinking about moving to Washington D.C., here are some things that I think you should know. What part of the city do you want to live…

5 Interesting Things to Do and Places to See in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona, is one of the most magical and mystical places to hike. The tourism industry in Sedona claims that there are giant vortex's of energy and other mystical things that you can feel as you hike. 1) Hike Devil's Bridge! The Devil's Bridge trail is 4.2 miles round-trip hike that leads to a beautiful natural sandstone…

My Favorite Things to do in Oceanside, California

Happy spring break!! It's that time of the year again when all of us students are travelling to the beach and enjoying the (brief) break from classes. Oceanside, California, is honestly one of my favorite places in the world. In middle and high school, it was my absolute number one favorite place, especially to visit…

“Where Nature and Astronomy Meet” Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

My work at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory took me on an unexpected trip to Mount Wilson, California. Mt. Wilson is a 100+ year old observatory about 35 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest. It's a beautiful 1.5 hour drive and there are also hikes that lead visitors through…

Nature Trails in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Southern Arizona is one of the most beautiful and best places to be during wintertime. This January I went hiking in Coronado National Forest, located about 25 miles from Green Valley, south of Tucson, Arizona. The weather that day had a high of around 65-70*F (although it was chillier in the shade) and a slight…