Postcards From St. Augustine

There are affiliate links in here.   Our first little Florida adventure for the winter was a little day trip to St. Augustine and Anastasia State Park.  We started off at Anastasia where we relaxed in the sun and I wandered around looking at shells.  After that, we went to explore Castillo de San Marcos and…

Armadillo Spotting in O’Leno State Park

There are affiliate links in here.   Yes, I saw a real live armadillo, but more on that later.  I have no idea at what point we went here, but here we were at O'Leno State Park in High Springs, Florida.  The Paraners Branch Trail was calling our names and we were ready to go. After…

Gator Spotting on La Chua Trail

This was my first (and only) gator experience in Florida.  A couple days after getting there, I finally stopped laying around and we went to the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie State Park.  I was excited to finally see gators!  And see gators I did.  This is a great place to look for them.…

My Favorite Hikes That Aren’t in National Parks

There are affiliate links in here. I just covered my favorite National Park hikes, so now it's time to take a look at the rest of them, outside the parks, which is a lot more.  I did quite a bit of hiking towards the beginning of summer, and in the middle, but almost none towards…

Visiting Florida’s Springs at Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Crystal clear and 72 degrees year round.  Those are Florida's famous springs, conveniently located near Gainesville, where we were.  There are tons of springs to see, but we were going to the Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White to see the Blue Hole, mostly.  We only saw one or two other people while we…

A Cold Day at the Beach in Big Talbot State Park

It was almost time for us to leave Florida, but we had to do one thing before we left: go to the beach.  We decided to go to Big Talbot State Park in Jacksonville, Florida.  It was a little cloudy when we left, but we held out hope for it to brighten (and warm) up. …