Lovers Key: A Shelling And White Sand Paradise In South Florida

A couple of years ago I got to visit Lovers Key State Park and found all kinds of fun shells. Then I left them in the bag for like a year and a half without being cleaned and couldn't get rid of the stink so I had to sacrifice them. I knew I wanted to…

Delnor-Wiggins Pass Shelling: A Pretty OK Shelling Day In Florida

Back in January of 2020 when I visited south Florida, I really wanted to visit Delnor-Wiggins Pass to go shelling but didn't make it that trip so when I was planning this trip with my parents, I knew we had to go. I had pretty high expectations for no real reason and was a little…

Caladesi Island State Park: Shelling And White Sand Beach Paradise In Florida

As I've already mentioned, when my parents came to visit, we had a shelling packed trip planned. Our first stop was Clearwater Beach after meeting up in Tallahassee and we did a lot of shelling here. Not super great shelling but shelling. I feel like we saw more sea specimens here than good shells (like…

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18 Must-Read Books About Lake Powell And The Colorado River

I'm keeping up my Lake Powell posts, apparently. I said I wasn't going to do anymore book posts here, just on Hey, I'm Reading, but I lied. Books about Lake Powell fits perfectly here though so I'm going with it. It's not just Lake Powell books but books about the Colorado River and the water…

The Great Sanibel Shelling Showdown: Lighthouse Beach Vs Blind Pass Beach

Shelling on Sanibel is a bucket list topper for anyone that loves collecting sea shells. It's one of, if not the, best places in the world to go shelling and I finally got to visit this winter! When my parents came to visit Florida in March we had a big shelling focused trip planned and…

29 Things To Know Before Planning A Lake Powell Vacation

I can't believe it's taken me five years to write this post! I guess it's just given me extra time to think of everything you need to know before planning a Lake Powell vacation. And it's a lot. And after working at Lake Powell for six seasons (four in Bullfrog, two in Wahweap), not just…

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8 Perfect Day Trips From Orlando To Get You Out Of The Theme Parks

Chances are, when you think Florida, you think Orlando. Or at least Disney. But there's so much more to Orlando than Disney. There's Universal, too. I'm kidding, today isn't about either of those. It's all about Orlando day trips. While there are so many amazing things to do in Orlando, there are just as many…

24 Things To Do In Everglades City: Hiking Trails, Biking, Paddling, And More

I love Everglades City. I don't know where I want to live forever, but Everglades City is one of the contenders so far (along with Moab and the Asheville area, if you were curious.) Every January we make a trip down there and do the same things but also manage to find new things to…

Top Tips For Driving The Blue Ridge Parkway In The Fall

Ahh, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Only the best road trip in the USA. Ok, maybe not the best, but one of the best and certainly the best scenic drive for fall. This last fall I managed to drive almost all of the Blue Ridge Parkway (we skipped the section between Roanoke and Fancy Gap and…

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7 Reasons Guadalupe Mountains National Park Is Worth It

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a west Texas hidden gem that very few people visit which makes it perfect for escaping those national park crowds, especially this year. It's a park that isn't very well-known but still deserves a spot on your national park bucket list because of all of it's amazing hiking opportunities. Today…

Get Your Bird On At The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge On Sanibel

I love visiting wildlife refuges and one we knew we wanted to visit when my parents were here was the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. It's a tiny little refuge on the bay side of Sanibel. The first time they came to visit, we went to the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge and…

Enjoy The Alfred B. Maclay Garden State Park In Full Bloom In Tallahassee, Florida

One of the things I knew I would be doing when my parents came to visit Florida this year was seeing the Alfred B. Maclay Garden State Park which just happened to be during the blooming season! This was the first thing we did on a sort of cloudy day. We didn't really know what…

Birding Paradise In Florida: Hike The Marsh Trail In Ten Thousand Islands

I can't believe it took me three trips to Everglades City before I hiked the Marsh Trail. Even more shocking, it was three visits before I even knew this trail existed, how wild is that? And we usually stay for 7-10 days which makes it even more surprising! Well, in 2021 I managed to hike…

Experience The Fire Prairie Trail In Big Cypress National Preserve

On our January 2020 trip to Big Cypress we hiked the swampy part of the Fire Prairie Trail. Then this year, 2021, we hiked a little further out into the prairie part of it, still on the trail though. I still haven't hiked the entire Fire Prairie Trail, but I really enjoyed the part we…