I Experienced My First Rocket Launch! in Cape Canaveral, Florida

If you don’t personally know me, I’m a HUGE aerospace + space nerd. Always have been. I mean, I’m a huge science nerd in general, but aerospace is one of my passions and is central to my career. I used to work at NASA but have since left to go into the private industry, which…

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Oops, We Tipped the Boat… Canoeing at Kings Landings, Florida

If you’ve ever searched “fun outdoor things to do in Florida,” I’m pretty sure that this next adventure is one of the top experiences. A few months after moving to Florida, I found photos of a beautiful river filled with crystal clear water and people canoeing/kayaking on it. I immediately knew that it was something…

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Completing a Lifelong Dream: Snorkeling with Manatees! in Crystal River, Florida

A few weeks ago, I got to complete an activity that has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember: Swimming with manatees! I’ve always said that manatees are my spirit animal. The giant sea cows. Floating sea potatoes. Whatever endearing name you call them. They’re gentle creatures who officially have…

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Going Back in Time in the Oldest Castle in the United States: Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots here in Florida. There’s history, culture, good food, interesting architecture, and the people are so friendly. I’ve always thought that it was like New Orleans but classier and cleaner. If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I adore New Orleans so…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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