Postcards From St. Augustine

There are affiliate links in here.  If you purchase anything through them, I get a tiny commission at no extra cost to you.  It helps keep me on adventures and this blog running. Our first little Florida adventure for the winter was a little day trip to St. Augustine and Anastasia State Park.  We started…

Scorched At Sand Hollow State Park

Last year I remember reading a blog post about Sand Hollow State Park.  I got confused and was thinking of Snow Canyon State Park.  I looked up both and they both looked cool, so in the morning before we went to Zion, we stopped at Sand Hollow for like, 30 minutes and left because it…

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! We set off on the short hike and I was immediately fascinated by the…

Where to go on a Utah Road trip

Caves of Goblin Valley State Park

There are affiliate links in here. I went back to Goblin Valley!  I wanted to go back this summer to try and find some cave since we didn't see any last time, which was totally fine because the views we got were totally awesome.  We were camping in the San Rafael Swell (here's an awesome map,…

My Favorite Hikes That Aren’t in National Parks

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 the end, which is a little…

My Favorite National Park Hikes

There are affiliate links in here. I like to think I've done my fair share of National Park exploring over the last year.  Some parks I did hiking, others I just had time to drive through.  Today, though, I'm sharing my favorite hikes in National Parks around the US.  I would just like to add this…

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 to see the Blue Hole mostly.  There was almost no one there, especially swimming, because for November, it was…

A Cold Day at the Beach in Big Talbot State Park

Our time was winding down in Florida and we hadn't made it to a beach yet.  Being in North Central Florida, Gainesville, that's not actually all that surprising.  We decided to make it happen and go to Big Talbot State Park in Jacksonville. The weather wasn't ideal, but I'm still glad we went.  We just…

Fire Waves and Pastel Canyons in the Valley of Fire

The two things I wanted to see in Valley of Fire State Park on our way to Vegas were the Fire Wave and Pastel Canyon.  The Fire Wave is rumored to be super cool, almost rivaling, and not to be confused with, the wave in Arizona.  More on that later.  And Pastel Canyon is supposed…

Finding Petroglyphs in Valley of Fire State Park

After reading about Valley of Fire on Alex in Wanderland and knowing I was going to Vegas in September, I figured why not make a stop there since I'll be in the area.  I wasn't really sure what to expect, well hot, but that's about it.  I knew about the Fire Wave, which is supposed to…