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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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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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…

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