A Day Trip to De Leon Springs & DeLand, Florida

De Leon Springs and DeLand are both located in Volusia County, Florida, less than an hour from Orlando and a little over an hour from St. Augustine and even closer to Daytona; making them both a great place to visit for a day trip! I have visited De Leon Springs twice since living in Florida … Continue reading A Day Trip to De Leon Springs & DeLand, Florida

100 things to do in St. Augustine (and surrounding areas)

Did you know that St. Augustine is the oldest city in America? That's right ... St. Augustine was founded 42 years before the English colony at Jamestown, Virginia making it the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement on the North American continent. There is so much history to explore in this old city. More recently, St. … Continue reading 100 things to do in St. Augustine (and surrounding areas)

Visit the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens: A Wonderful Experience for All!

Why should you visit the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens? Well, because it's a beautiful zoo, with lovely gardens throughout, and a variety of animal species to view and learn about, and there is something for all ages to enjoy! I have visited the Jax Zoo many, many times ... as a tourist years ago and … Continue reading Visit the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens: A Wonderful Experience for All!

Alligators, birds, and more … Oh My! Don’t miss visiting this gem in St. Augustine, FL

I live in Florida ... and in Florida, we have lots of alligators. So naturally there are places you can visit to see alligators, learn about alligators, and sometimes even hold an alligator. One of those places is right here in St. Augustine and it's a place I highly recommend you visit. Whether you live … Continue reading Alligators, birds, and more … Oh My! Don’t miss visiting this gem in St. Augustine, FL

Visiting St. Augustine: Top 5 Must-See Historical Sites

St. Augustine, dubbed the Oldest City in America, is rich in History! Just walk along the cobblestone-like, paved brick streets and take a look around and you'll see so many interesting sites to explore! Whether you are planning a vacation to St. Augustine or you live here, there is so much to see and do! … Continue reading Visiting St. Augustine: Top 5 Must-See Historical Sites

Hit the Trails at this Beautiful Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Guana River State Park or the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and it's an amazingly beautiful place you must visit if you enjoy hiking, fishing, bird-watching, biking, horseback riding, or just enjoy peaceful walks in nature! Oh, and I almost forgot, dogs are welcome! Below you … Continue reading Hit the Trails at this Beautiful Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Princess Place Preserve: an “Off the Beaten Path” Place Worth Visiting!

  Princess Place Preserve in the northern part of Flagler County, Florida is rich in history and enjoyed by nature enthusiasts from all over. This beautiful preserve is just a short drive down I-95 from St. Augustine. I highly recommend taking the time to visit if you enjoy hiking, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, camping, or have … Continue reading Princess Place Preserve: an “Off the Beaten Path” Place Worth Visiting!

Northeast Florida Hikes: My top 5

Florida is a beautiful place, with water everywhere you go, lots of lush plants, trees, and beautiful flowers, and wildlife. Oh, and let's not forget the beautiful weather. Living in Florida, you are just drawn to the outdoors. One of my favorite things to do is go and explore different parks, conservation areas, beaches, and … Continue reading Northeast Florida Hikes: My top 5

Lantern Light Festival is coming to Jacksonville, Florida!

Come experience massive handmade lanterns with thousands of lights, that will illuminate the night, including a four-hundred-foot long dragon, a thirty-foot-tall Panda, a Castle you can walk through, lantern tunnels, and more! In addition, the festival will offer Chinese acrobats, a Wishing Tree, food, and activities for children such as mini golf, dragon rides, inflatable … Continue reading Lantern Light Festival is coming to Jacksonville, Florida!

Single Vision Animal Sanctuary … a MUST visit in Melrose, Florida

Do you love animals? Do you care for their well-being? If you answered "yes", then I have a place you must visit if you live in Florida or while vacationing in North Florida. I stumbled upon the Facebook page of this sanctuary a year or so after moving to Florida and have been following it … Continue reading Single Vision Animal Sanctuary … a MUST visit in Melrose, Florida

A beautiful park you must visit in Palm Coast, Florida

Washington Oaks Garden State Park is just a little down the road from St. Augustine in Palm Coast ... those of us that live in St. Augustine often call it one of "our" parks because it is so close. If you have never visited, it is a must see!  Located on a barrier island between … Continue reading A beautiful park you must visit in Palm Coast, Florida

A Bear in our Car, Oh My!

June 2, 2018 We were Gatlinburg bound and couldn’t be more excited as we hadn’t been to the Smoky Mountains since the summer of 2008! We rented a chalet in the Chalet Village on the Ski Mountain area of Gatlinburg. Little did we know what a harrowing drive it would be up to the chalet … Continue reading A Bear in our Car, Oh My!