This was by far the most popular spot we visited in Redwood National Park. If you feel like you’re in a scene of Jurrasic Park while walking through Fern Canyon, that’s because you are. They filmed scenes from The Lost World here.
The roughly one-mile trail follows Home Creek through the forest. You walk through modest streams while the vertical walls are covered in a variety of ferns (there are five different kinds) and other moisture-loving plants and mosses.
You can hike as little as 0.5 miles to see the pretty parts or up to 5 miles through the whole canyon. You can even connect it to trails that take you out of the canyon to see it from above.
Getting to the easiest trailhead is straightforward, but you have to drive on a dirt road for about 6.5 miles. There are a few spots where you have to navigate over streams and holes, one of which looked sketchy. Our sedan was able to make it through but only after following the example of another smaller car.
Other people got out of their cars trying to suss out if they could make it. If it recently rained, the streams may be deeper and unpassable. Check out driving directions here and road/trail conditions here.
Entrance Fee: $6 per vehicle
Boat Tour: $20 for adults, $12 for kids
When we turned into Myakka River State Park, it felt like we entered a scene from Jurrasic Park (cue the opening theme song – yes, we were singing it). As we kept driving, we were surprised by the sheer size of the park.
Florida has nearly 200 state parks, and Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s largest covering 37,000 acres.
During our visit, we went on a boat tour where we saw a bunch of gators, including a baby gator, and various birds.
There’s also a picturesque canopy walkway we were planning on checking out but then got distracted by the flower fields in bloom.
The boat tours run at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm. Tickets are first-come, first-served.
Downtown Las Vegas or Old Vegas has a touristy side, but it’s also a place locals actually hang out. From the time we lived here in 2013 to moving back in 2019, we’ve seen it change drastically.
In 2013, Zappos had just moved their headquarters downtown and allocated $350 million in aid to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas. Tons of development happened and it turned fairly run-down areas into new spaces for start-ups, new restaurants, tiny homes, and art installations.
Fast forward to the present day and it’s become a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The closer you are to the Fremont Street Experience, you’ll find more tourists vs the further east you go, you’ll find more locals.
As a photographer, I’m always scouting for good shooting locations, and we have a lot. On the Strip, you can practically take a trip around the world, and off-Strip, you can explore the budding art scene and beautiful desert landscapes.
We included the popular spots because most people start there, but we’re excited to also share some hidden gems.
Las Vegas is constantly building something shiny and new, and in typical Vegas fashion, bigger or more extravagant. It’s a surprise to see how much the city has transformed since we last lived here. As we continue to explore different neighborhoods, be sure to check back to see newer photo spots added here.
None of our windows had any treatments so we had to make the decision between blinds vs curtains. Blinds are more convenient and look clean vs curtains give a more classy look. Also, excluding designer curtains, they are generally much more affordable.
For anything front-facing, we wanted all the windows to match, so we went with blinds. For all other sides of the house, we went with a mix of the two.
For our blinds, we got simple roller blinds from Select Blinds. They send you free samples of the materials and when you’re ready, they have very detailed instructions on how to measure everything. Everything is made to order and it’s simple to install.
We ended up going with darkening shades for a couple of rooms that get direct sunlight, which will really help during Vegas summers. Then we got light filtering shades for the rest of the windows so that we still get to take advantage of the large windows.
We even added a motor and wifi connection to the one in our office since we use it the most.
For curtains, we really liked the industrial pipe look so we picked up a couple of these with grommet curtains so they’re easy to open and close.