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Manatee Dreams: Spotting Manatees At Blue Spring State Park

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. YOU GUYS!  I finally got to see manatees in Florida!  That's it.  That's all.  I can leave Florida happy now.  It's been great seeing you here.  I'm kidding.  But really, I finally got…

Climb The Coral Pink Sand Dunes Near Kanab, Utah

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a little slice of sandy paradise not too far from Kanab, Utah.  It's the perfect stop if you're passing through Kanab on your way to or…

Snow Canyon State Park: Lava Tubes And Pioneer Names

Snow Canyon State Park in Southern Utah is the perfect little day getaway from St. George.  It's a great way to spend a day out hiking while avoiding the crowds in nearby Zion National Park.  It's almost like a mini Zion.  Don't go in expecting huge, towering canyons like Zion, but it's similar.  Just much…

Gooseberry Falls In The Winter: A Frozen Paradise In Northern Minnesota

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. It was a cold winter Friday (I'm assuming) in Menomonie, Wisconsin, when me and my roommate and two friends decided to drive up to Duluth, Minnesota just for funsies.  We didn't really know…

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…

A New Adventure At Kodachrome Basin State Park

I remembered driving past signs for it last year, but really had no idea what to expect.  I Googled it before we decided to go, but still wasn't sure.  We were going to be in the area at Bryce Canyon already though and figured, why not?  I mean, it's basically on the way from Escalante…

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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.…

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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 were…

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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. …

Hike To The Fire Wave And Pastel Canyon In Valley of Fire State Park

The two things I wanted to see in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada 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…

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…

Goblin Valley State Park: The Coolest State Park In Utah

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Goblin Valley State Park in Utah is the perfect side stop on a southwest US road trip.  It's much less visited than the nearby national parks and can be visited in just a…