Getting Lost in Fort George Island Cultural State Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

When my family visited me here in Jax (short for Jacksonville) this winter, I knew that I wanted to take them up exploring in the nature areas of northeast Jax. At the time, I hadn't been in that area yet and was excited at the possibility of exploring somewhere new with my family, and not…

Hiking the “Super Trail” in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Right now is a prime time to go hiking in southern Arizona. In October and November (even early December), the weather cools down and you don't have to worry about overheating, especially if you're hiking in the valley's (like at the Saguaro National Parks). At this time, however, you do have to worry about getting…

Places I Really Want to Visit Again

Quarantine has made me really introspective about the places that I've been lucky enough to visit, and which places I would love to visit again. Of course I'm feeling the wanderlust, so here are a few places that I really want to visit again at some point in my life! Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia is rich…

Hiking Old Baldy Trail in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Yes, the actual name of this trail is called “Old Baldy.” It’s because It leads to a saddle that is mostly “bald” (fewer trees), hence the name. Old Baldy is located in Coronado National Forest, about 40 miles south of Tucson in southern Arizona. It’s a favorite hiking spot for my family and birders. This…

Don’t Mine-d If I Do… Hiking “Carrie Nation Trail #78” in Coronado National Forest, Arizona

Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona is home to many unique hiking trails. It is also home to many old copper and uranium mines. When I visited my mom in May, she took me on a hike to an old uranium mine, and it’s now one of my favorite hikes in the area. This hike…

My Top 6 Favorite National Parks in the United States

Visiting National Parks are my favorite things to do when I travel around the United States, and I definitely favor some, for all various reasons. In no particular order, here are my top 6 favorite National Parks that I've visited, and a few honorable mentions. 1) Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, California I've combined Yosemite…

Get your summer on! in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Get your summer on! Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, is one of my favorite places to visit in the spring and summer times! (Side note: Coeur D'Alene is pronounced core-duh-LANE) It's a smaller lake town, located near the Washington State - Idaho border right on Coeur D'Alene Lake in southwest Idaho. The main downtown area runs along…

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…