A Rejuvenating Weekend in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona

Pinetop, Arizona, is the mountain oasis that you never knew existed in Southern Arizona. Pinetop, also known as Pintop-Lakeside, is located about 200 miles north of Tucson, Ariz., close to the New Mexico-Arizona border and part of the Tonto National Forest. It’s a lesser known mountain town in Arizona, with a population of about 4,500…

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Getting outside at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

Need a quick and nearby escape into the woods in the heart of the city? Look no further! Located on the west side of Jacksonville, near the naval air base, is the Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park. Managed by the City of Jacksonville, this local park boasts an interesting history and quite pretty landscape. From…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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Crossing through Riverbeds & Seeing Lover’s Leap | Hiking Trail #2 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…

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