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…

Going Back in Time in the Oldest Castle in the United States: Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots here in Florida. There's history, culture, good food, interesting architecture, and the people are so friendly. I've always thought that it was like New Orleans but classier and cleaner. If you've read some of my previous posts, you'll know that I adore New Orleans so…

Black Rock?! Exploring Black Rock Beach at Big Talbot Island State Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

There are not many black rock beaches in the continental United States, but Jacksonville has a hidden black rock beach! However... looks can be deceiving! You may notice that parts of this post are similar to my "Boneyard Beach" post. Black Rock Beach and Boneyard Beach are very close to each other so it's very…

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…

Climbing the Bones at Boneyard Beach, Big Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville, Florida

When I first moved to Jacksonville, I knew that there would be lots of outdoor areas to explore, but I didn't know that I would find so many amazing places so quickly! A friend recommended that I visit a place called "Boneyard Beach" at Big Talbot Island State Park in northeast Jacksonville. It's not an…

A Few Chilly Hours in Destin, Florida

Oh. My. Goodness. Destin, Florida, is absolutely beautiful and I hope that you get to visit at least once in your life! It exceeded all expectations I had, and this is from the girl who spent a week in Hawaii last year. (I'm not saying that it's better than Hawaii, but it's definitely second to…

A Beautiful Autumnal Day in Brazos Bend State Park, Houston, Texas

As one of my last trips before leaving Houston, Texas, I spent a day at Brazos Bend State Park. It was probably one of the most magical places that I've seen in / near Houston and I wish that I could've had more time to visit again because it would've quickly become my favorite spot.…

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…