Flowering Picking, Pumpkin Patches & Escaping the Corn Maze at Froberg’s Farm in Alvin, Texas

It’s that time of the year again! Time for pumpkin patches, haunted houses and corn mazes. Autumn is definitely my favorite time of the year and I love going out to local farms and partaking in their “fall festivals.” This year, I went to Froberg’s Farm in Alvin, Texas, for their annual Fall Festival. I…

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The Last Flowers of the Season in Manito Park, Spokane, Washington

I absolutely love flowers, nurseries, gardens and arboretums – basically anything that involves flowers and plants. So, it’s no surprise that I love visiting Manito Park in Spokane, Washington. Manito Park is a short drive away from downtown Spokane. It’s a large and beautiful park filled with gardens that I’ve written about before, but this…

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Oh Dam! Exploring Downtown Spokane, Washington State

Spokane, Washington, is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited in the Pacific Northwest. It’s located near the border of Washington State and Idaho and is a fairly small but growing city. Just like my hometown of Tucson, Arizona, it’s large and growing, but quite small compared with their sister cities, Phoenix, AZ, and…

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You Grow Girl! Flower blossoms in Manito Park, Washington State

What a bloomin’ treat! Have a few hours in Spokane? Definitely go visit Manito Park! Whether you’re a nature lover or have a “black” thumb, everyone will appreciate this beautiful park. Located a few miles from downtown Spokane is Manito Park. Manito Park is a free and very beautiful botanical garden run by the city…

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Escaping the Corn Maze at Froberg’s Farm in Alvin, Texas

I went to Froberg’s Farm in Alvin, Texas! I love pumpkin patches and corn mazes and all of those fall experiences! Autumn is my favorite season so I absolutely love going to fall festivals like the one in Alvin. Alvin is located about 30 miles south of Houston. It’s a quick and simple drive that…

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A blooming treat in the desert

Story originally published on the Arizona Sonora News Service This year’s superbloom in southern Arizona was a bright and colorful sight that will soon be fading into the glare of summer. With rains late in the winter season and cooler temperatures continuing through the winter, wildflowers thrived throughout the region from March to April.   “We’ve had more flowers this…

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“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…

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Backpacking at Dinkey Lakes, California

One thing that I’m sure many people don’t know or expect from me is that I adore backpacking. I’ve only ever been a few times, but one of my favorite places to backpack is Dinkey Lakes in California. Dinkey Lakes is about 200 miles straight east of San Jose, California, in the Sierra National Forest. It’s…

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