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 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.…

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…

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…

Climbing Over Dunes & Relaxing at the Beach in Indiana Dunes State & National Park, Indiana

Looking for a fun place to both hike and swim? Get a workout in and then relax on the beach? (Or one over the other – I won’t judge!) Indiana Dunes National and State Park is the perfect place for that! Indiana Dunes State and National Park is located along the northwestern edge of Indiana,…

“Where Art and History Meet” in Tubac, Arizona

A hidden gem of southern Arizona is the small artsy town of Tubac. Tubac resides 45 miles south of Tucson and 24 miles north of Nogales, a border town with Mexico.  But don't let its distance with Mexico scare you, although you do have to pass through border patrol on your way back north to…