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…

What It’s Like to Visit Disney World During the Pandemic

I will preface this post by saying: I know that it is not a smart idea to visit Disney World, or go anywhere (besides outside to explore, alone) during this pandemic, but my family surprised me with a trip to Disney World for Christmas. It was not my idea and I originally did not want…

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.…

Christmastime is a Dream at St. Augustine, Florida

I recently went to St. Augustine, Florida, with my family at Christmastime, and it was an absolute dream! I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting, but I had seen some beautiful photos of the Christmas lights that encompassed the entire town on social media and recommended that my family and I visit. When we…

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…