Tips for Exploring Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Off the coast of Florida‘s Atlantic shoreline lies its largest barrier island, and on that island, you’ll find Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Herein lies two federally protected public lands you could potentially explore for days. I, sadly, only had one, but I made the most …

5 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Blue Spring State Park

The stars of Blue Spring State Park are the manatees. Everyone loves them. Just look at those cute little noses! These wonderful mammals flock to the spring each winter when the ocean and St. Johns River become too cold. The spring is always 72 degrees, nice and toasty for these warm-blooded …

Quick Visitors Guide to Kennedy Space Center

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut. I actually started out watching Jurassic Park, obsessing over dinosaurs, and aspiring to become a female Dr. Alan Grant. But something changed along the way, and I wanted to explore outer space and discover the future instead of …

Beginners Guide: Day Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t want to visit Dry Tortugas National Park. Additionally, I don’t think anyone who has been had anything bad to say. It makes sense. This incredible national park has something for everyone. Are you a nature lover? Dry Tortugas features some of the …

My Road Trip Across America with a Complete Stranger

Right after graduating college, I went on a road trip with this girl, Allison. We had a few classes together, so it seemed our interests were similar. One time, we ate Mexican food together and bonded over our mutual love for tacos. Still, we barely knew each other. Everyone would probably …

Ranger Life: How I Became a Park Ranger (and How You Can Too!)

Over the years, I have been asked many questions about my work experiences. Millions of people visit our national parks annually, but many don’t know what a park ranger’s job is like or what our responsibilities are. In my new series Ranger Life, I’ll discuss the day to day lives of …

The Pros and Cons of Cruises

  Cruises are tough. It’s impossible to say whether I recommend them because they’re simply not for everyone. It’s not my favorite way to travel, yet I plan to go on more in my lifetime. The perks are sometimes too good to pass up. I’ve only been on two, and …

A Potterhead’s Journey Through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Full disclosure: I’m obsessed with Harry Potter. I’m watching Prisoner of Azkaban while writing this. I went to a Harry Potter-themed trivia night recently and I’m still upset about coming in fourth place (I should have channeled my inner Hermione and studied before attending). This passion nearly caused a heart attack …