Things to Do in Gulf Shores, Alabama & the Florida Panhandle

Our 2021 Christmas Beach Vacation For the second year in a row, John and I took a Christmas trip to a beachy destination that I'd never been before. In 2020, it was coastal Georgia—St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island to be exact. It's a beautiful area with stunning beaches; however, being on the Atlantic Ocean, …

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When I Just Don’t Feel Like Adventuring

Sometimes, I just don’t feel like adventuring. Whaaaaaaa??? Did I really just say that? Yeah. I really did. Sometimes… some days… I’d maybe rather take a nap or just veg out than go for a nature walk or catch a sunset at the beach. And, ya know, sometimes that’s okay. I’m all about listening to …

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Hurricane Irma Story: My First Hurricane Experience

Three years, seven months, and twenty-two days. That’s how long I lived in Florida before experiencing a hurricane. On September 10th, we were set to be hit with a Cat 3, maybe 4 hurricane along the Gulf coast of Florida, with storm surge ranging from 6 – 15 feet between Tampa and the Keys! And …

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Things to Do on a Rainy Day in St. Augustine

Ya know how I’m always saying there’s sooooo much of Florida I’ve yet to explore? Here’s another case in point. I just visited Jacksonville and St. Augustine for the first time this past weekend – after three years and nine months of living in the Sunshine State! My friend Kelly recently moved to Jacksonville and …

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Museum Day Live at The Ringling in Sarasota

Where did you spend Museum Day Live? Me? I paid a visit to The Ringling in Sarasota, FL. Because, HELLO. Free admission! That’s right. The Smithsonian Mag’s 13th annual Museum Day Live was Saturday, September 23, and a BUNCH of museums around the country were FREE. Who doesn't love free?! I hadn’t visited The Ringling grounds …

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Best Beach in America: Siesta Key Beach

Once again, Sarasota's Siesta Beach claims top billing as the #1 beach in America – so say Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor users via the Travelers' Choice Awards. Having lived just 14 miles from Siesta, I feel justified in giving my honest and humble opinion of this ranking. Is Siesta my favorite beach? Truthfully, no—but not because I don’t …

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Blowing Rocks Preserve at Sunrise

The other night, I never went to bed. Instead, I went to Blowing Rocks. The first time I saw a photo of Blowing Rocks Preserve, I added it to my bucket list. And, funny thing. Once I did, I started noticing more and more Instagram photos of this rocky, limestone beach—many taken at dawn, given …

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Things (I Want) to Do in the Florida Keys

How soon can I go back to the Keys?? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself since my inaugural trip two weeks ago. Since then, I’ve also compiled a special Florida Keys bucket list to help me plan my next visit to that southernmost paradise. It’s definitely doable, but highly ambitious, so I may need …

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A Weekend Itinerary for the Florida Keys

Can you believe it took me 3 ½ years of living in Florida to finally experience the Florida Keys?? And I call myself an adventurer. That’s messed up, right?! Messed up, but true. It took a visit from my sister (Danae) and brother-in-law (Jacob) to motivate me to cross the Keys off my bucket list. …

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My Discovery Flight Experience With Tampa Bay Aviation

On Memorial Day weekend 2016, I went skydiving—and it changed my life! If you read that post (and this one… and this one) you know how much I looooove being in the air. So, in 2017, rather than jump out of a plane, I decided to cross another sky-related item off my bucket list: flying …

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