A Peaceful Day at the Jacksonville Arboretum, Florida

The Jacksonville Arboretum is a hidden gem of Jacksonville, for sure. It’s beautiful and peaceful – a nice little haven in nature. The arboretum is located in east Jacksonville, in between downtown and the beaches. It’s free to visit but donations are greatly appreciated, as is volunteering to maintain the gardens and trails. There are…

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Getting Back to Nature at Armand Bayou Nature Center, Texas

In the outskirts of Houston near Webster, Texas, you can find the Armand Bayou Nature Center.  Lush trees, swampy atmosphere, chirping birds, turtles, spiders, alligators… and BISON! (yes, bison!) You can find all of this and more at the nature center. The Armand Bayou is one of my favorite places to escape to in my…

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