A Snowy Journey in Denver

I’ve been in Denver for the past couple of weeks for training for work. It was a wonderful time! I learned a lot and had a great time overall.

I got to adventure some during my time. I drive through the mountains, visited a casino in Black Hawk, and played in the snow! It was incredible! Denver is such a beautiful place and I absolutely loved it. I would love to possibly live there someday!

Here are some pictures from my trip.

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Gatlinburg

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of going to Matt’s family reunion in Gatlinburg. It was my first time visiting Tennessee  and I absolutely fell in love with the area. It was incredibly gorgeous. I also loved meeting Matt’s extended family; they are a lovely and fun bunch! We visited the tourist part of Gatlinburg, and even went to the south’s largest Christmas store, which was so great! I bought so many ornaments for my first Christmas tree. All in all, it was a great time.

Our adventure, in pictures:

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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

This Labor Day weekend, Matt, my sister, and I spent two nights camping at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. It’s about an hour west of Jacksonville in White Springs, right by Big Shoals State Park. It’s also on the Suwannee river, hence the park’s tribute to Stephen Foster and folk music.

I absolutely love camping, and was so excited to go. I haven’t been camping since Matt and I first started hanging out in junior year. We packed up our tents, sleeping bags, food, bug spray, and firewood and went!

I had a blast. This park is DEFINITELY my favorite out of the Florida State Parks I have visited. They had a primitive camping, tent camping, and RV camping, and bathrooms/showers. The Florida Trail comes through the park as well. The Suwannee River also gives very nice scenery, but the park itself is very unique.
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The park has a fantastic gift shop, filled with crafts, food, and more made by locals. There is also a little “town square” of little buildings that demonstrate quilting, pottery making, jewelry making, and blacksmithing. There is also a small herb garden. Additionally, there is a bell tower that plays Stephen Foster songs! The base of the bell tower is a small museum about Foster’s music. There is also a separate museum close by in the park that has dioramas, classic pianos, and more.
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We camped for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed this park and all it had to offer. I definitely recommend visiting and can’t wait to go back!

Port St. Lucie and the Banyan Tree

A few weekends ago, Matt and I went on a somewhat spontaneous adventure. Matt was visiting and our best friend Jalieel was temporarily working a few hours south. We decided to hop in the car and get dinner with Jalieel, but we took the “scenic” route down A1A.

We saw lots of big houses and lots of pretty views of the water, but one of the coolest things we found was a….tree.

We had stopped at a few parks along the way, including one in Port St. Lucie. It was a gorgeous area, right on the intercoastal, and while walking around, we found a Banyan tree! Isn’t it incredible?

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After finding the tree, we had a very different adventure with Jalieel. Overall, it was really fun!

Fourth of July Weekend

To those who celebrate America’s Independence Day, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend with Matt. I stayed in town and was able to explore my new home more. Each day was a different adventure as we explored different areas nearby.

On Friday, we explored Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We took a couple of hours to drive Wilderness Road, a 7-mile paved road through the Refuge. It showed different wetlands and environments and had stops along the way to highlight the local area and wildlife. There were a few trails and observation towers as well. We saw lots of birds, turtles, fish, and alligators. That evening, we went to dinner and saw fireworks in Cocoa Beach.

Saturday was a fantastically packed day. We geocached in Fay Wilderness Park in the morning, then grilled out in the afternoon. It was my first time grilling out since becoming vegetarian. I made some vegetarian hot dogs, vegetarian baked beans, corn, and fries. It was absolutely delicious!

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After cooking out, we went mini-golfing in Cape Canaveral. We tied on the first 18 holes, and Matt just barely beat me on the next 18.

After golfing, we went straight to Titusville to watch the fireworks. The weather had been troublesome throughout the day but had cleared up in enough time for a great fireworks show!

Sunday was another day of geocaching before Matt had to leave to go back to Jacksonville. We found two geocaches by nearby ranches. I had no idea there were ranches so close to home! One of the ranches was a horse ranch, and they were very accommodating to geocachers. They even let us on their property to see their horses!

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It was a fantastic holiday weekend! I can’t wait to go out and make more memories in my new home.
How was your holiday weekend? Let me know in the comments!

The Face of Pure Joy

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I hope to give a full update soon on the many changes that have occurred recently. I graduated and have moved for my new job at Lockheed Martin. My dog, Probie, and I have finally settled in. She seems to be adjusting well!

This picture was taken today, right before our drive to the new house. This is truly a face of happiness and joy.

Peace. Love. Turtles.

Matt and his family are spending the week in New Smyrna Beach, and I went for the Independence Day weekend. It was unfortunately very stormy, but we did get to enjoy the hot tub, pool, and beach in the morning before the storms rolled in!

Once the rain started, Matt, his mom, and I decided to go see the turtle rehabilitation center at the Marine Science Center. It was really cool! Matt and I both love turtles, (and I especially love sea turtles), so it was quite an awesome experience.

We weren’t there very long before the center closed, so afterwards, we explored a gorgeous nature trail right across the street.

Below are a mix of pictures of our mini adventure!

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