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…

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…

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…

Climbing Up Ladders & Crawling Through Ravines | Hiking Trails #4 & 6 in Shades State Park, Indiana

Shades State Park is one of the coolest state parks I’ve ever been to. If you’re looking for a fun adventure with your friends and family, this is definitely the place to go. Shades State Park is located in the mid-western section of Indiana, about 1 hour south of Lafayette or 1 hour west from…

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…

Spending the Day Boating on Coeur d’Alene Lake, Idaho

One thing that my family has always wanted to do ever since my grandparents became snowbirds in the Pacific Northwest was renting a boat and going boating on Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is located on the north(ish)-western edge of Idaho, along the border with Washington State. It’s actually my favorite place in…

Things I’ve Learned about the Midwest

I've been spending a bit more time in a place that I never thought I'd be: The Midwest. And something even more surprising? I'm loving it! More specifically, I'm in Indiana but I've been roadtripping throughout the region and I'm learning a few things during my time here that non-midwesterners might not know that surprise…