• Travel

    Adventures in Colorado

    It seems to be a consistent trend for Floridian rock climbers to feel a tug on their heart towards Colorado after a considerable amount of time spent sweating under the Southeastern sun with no real rocks in sight. As I finished up my final semesters at FSU, I often attended farewell parties or got together with close friends one last time at a coffee shop as they prepared to make the move out west, and I watched as the rock climbing community endured periods of silence before the start of a new semester brought in new faces. I too have felt a burning desire to travel west ever since my…

  • Bikepacking in Florida // Forest Tourist
    Biking,  Outdoors,  Travel

    Florida Spotlight: Bikepacking to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

    It finally happened: I went on the bikepacking trip I had dreamed of doing for so long. If you read one of my recent blog posts about my bike Jolene then you already know some of the backstory about this trip, but my desire to bikepack the St. Marks trail started long before I got my bike. When I started my first semester at FSU I was desperate to find a community that I connected with. I tried out every club that even remotely caught my attention and pushed myself to attend as many events as I could. Eventually I found my people at the Tallahassee Rock Gym, but in…

  • Tallahassee Travel Guide // Forest Tourist
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    Florida Spotlight: Tallahassee

    One of my most vivid memories is from my first night in Tallahassee; after my furniture was set up and my family drove away, I laid down in my new bed in my new room and stared up at the ceiling. Everyone I knew and everything I had grown accustomed to over the past 19 years was gone, and I felt so incredibly alone in that small apartment. Over the past three years, Tallahassee has transformed from a lonely and intimidating city to a place that I can sincerely call home. I recently said goodbye to Florida’s capital in order to pursue new adventures in new places, but I know…

  • Asheville Travel Guide // Forest Tourist
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    Asheville Travel Guide

    I have been to Asheville, North Carolina three times in my life, but up until last weekend I had never spent a considerable amount of time exploring the city - mainly because the first time I went I was young and the second time was only for a couple of hours. So when John and I bought tickets to a concert in Asheville that took place last weekend, I was beyond excited to finally get to know the city nestled in between the mountains. Like true weekend warriors, John and I attempted to make the most of our time in Asheville by packing in as many activities as we could.…

  • England Travel Guide // Forest Tourist
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    England Travel Guide

    In December of 2016 my family and I took a trip to England for Christmas vacation. We spent ten days exploring London and the surrounding cities, and each day was full of activities. We were fortunate enough to have a rental car in the United Kingdom, and that allowed us to see more of the country than we would have if we had to rely on busses. That being said there are plenty of bus companies that offer day trips to many of the locations that we visited, so you can still explore other cities if you don’t have a car (or if you don’t want to flirt with death by…

  • Lake Talquin // Forest Tourist
    Outdoors,  Travel

    Florida Spotlight: Lake Talquin

    I visited Lake Talquin for the first time at the beginning of February 2019 with my boyfriend John and my dog Koda. The trip was a last minute decision; I had recently started training at Lucky Goat Coffee and by some stroke of luck I didn’t have to be there over the weekend. I had convinced myself that it might be a long time before I had a weekend off again, so I decided to take advantage of that time and plan an adventure. John and I found a place on Hipcamp – a website that is essentially the Airbnb of camping – and two days later we hit the…

  • Activism // Conservation,  Outdoors,  Travel

    Hidden Gems in Utah and Arizona

    I’m sure you already know this by now, but the Western states hold a very special place in my heart. Four states in particular are constantly calling to me: Colorado, New Mexica, Arizona, and Utah. My infatuation with the scorching western deserts and the wild towering mountains started in 2016, when I went on my first road trip out west with my three best friends. That trip was a cornerstone moment in the formulation of my identity, and I thoroughly believe that it set me on the path to becoming the outdoor enthusiast that I am today. In 2016 my friends and I toured through the aforementioned four states, and…