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…

Take A Walk! at Pine Gully Park in Seabrook, Texas

I recently found an unexpectedly fun place to picnic or walk around in Seabrook, Texas. It's called Pine Gully Park and it's very beautiful! Seabrook is about 25-30 miles south of downtown Houston, located in Galveston Bay. This park is small and primarily for the community only, but I live nearby and wanted to find…

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…

Spending the Day Boating on Coeur d’Alene Lake, Idaho

One thing that my family has always wanted to do ever since my grandparents became snowbirds in the Pacific Northwest was renting a boat and going boating on Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho. Coeur d’Alene is located on the north(ish)-western edge of Idaho, along the border with Washington State. It’s actually my favorite place in…

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,…

Get your summer on! in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Get your summer on! Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, is one of my favorite places to visit in the spring and summer times! (Side note: Coeur D'Alene is pronounced core-duh-LANE) It's a smaller lake town, located near the Washington State - Idaho border right on Coeur D'Alene Lake in southwest Idaho. The main downtown area runs along…

A Rain Forest in the Desert?! Explore the Science at Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona

One of the most unique places in Tucson, Arizona, is the Biosphere 2. The Biosphere 2 is located to the north of Tucson, about 35 miles (or nearly an hour) from downtown. It's one of the spots that nearly every Tucsonan has visited and recommends to anyone who comes to town. It's operated and funded…