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4 Naples Florida Activities

After Ludington, Alex and I made our way south to visit my family in Naples, Florida. Florida is definitely a tourist destination, but not many people make it to Naples on the southwest coast. My mom moved to Naples when I was about 21 and so I've spent a bit of time here. It's a very laid back, chill, Florida town. Here's what I recommend in Naples:

Walk through the Everglades

The Everglades is a tropical wetland on the southern tip of Florida and the Everglades ecosystem isn't found anywhere else in the world. If you have time, I recommend taking an airboat tour through the glades, but walking through the national park is equally as beautiful. My mom took us to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary where we walked on raised platforms through the wetlands. We also saw a Ghost Orchid! The Ghost Orchid is an extremely rare type of orchid, but we were lucky to see one in bloom (and take a photo through a telescope). Tickets cost $14 with discount options.

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Back to Ludington

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you might remember that I used to visit Ludington, Michigan every 4th of July. I even wrote a blog post about how I wouldn't be able to return to Ludington until 2017. Well, I was a few years off, but I finally got to go back!

My friend Emma's dad is from Ludington and she's been going there her whole life. I love Ludington and was excited to take Alex there so he could experience small-town, American 4th of July.

Ludington is all about the outdoors and being in nature, which I love. Although I don't anticipate a lot of people visiting Ludington after reading this post, I think you should (although I couldn't handle it if Ludington became a tourist trap, so maybe it's for the best).

Either way, here are the things that we did in our week in Ludington.

Float Trip

This was by far Alex's favorite part of the weekend. A huge group of people (from Emma's dad's high school friend group and all their childr…

A Day in Chicago

After our time in St. Louis, Alex and I headed to Chicago to visit my friend, Emma. I spent a lot of time in Chicago growing up and I love that city. We only had a short time in Chicago, so here is what we did in one day in Chicago:

Millennium Park
Millennium Park is a large public space in downtown Chicago. Millennium Park has restaurants, a skating rink in the winter, a garden, a pavilion for shows and concerts, galleries, and the Crown Fountain ( a large fountain surrounded by two glass towers which show people's faces). There are always events taking place in the park, like concerts, group workouts, food festivals, etc.
Cloud Gate (the Bean)
Cloud Gate (usually referred to as the Bean) is a large sculpture in Millennium Park. It looks like, you guessed it, a giant bean. It's a great photo op because when you walk near it or underneath it, it distorts your reflection. Fun fact: cleaners come twice a day to polish the entire Bean and rid the surface of fingerprints. 
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St. Louis's Best Food and Restaurants

In my last post, I shared some of my favorite St. Louis adventures so in this post I thought I'd share some of my favorite St. Louis food stops (in no particular order). These are all either unique to St. Louis, or started in St. Louis (or Missouri) and then expanded beyond.

Famous Foods Let's start with two classic St. Louis foods 1. Toasted Ravioli
Toasted ravioli is a deep-friend ravioli and it was created in St. Louis. You can find them in restaurants all over St. Louis but if you leave without trying one, you're missing out.

2. Gooey Butter CakeGooey butter cake is a St. Louis creation and it's kind of hard to describe. It's a love it or hate it type food, but I think it's delicious. It's very rich, thin, and buttery. You can get it at a lot of St. Louis restaurants or at the grocery store.

Restaurants Imo's Pizza
I'm normally a thick-crust pizza type of girl, but there is something about Imo's thin crust pizza that I love. Imo's also u…

The Best St. Louis Adventures

This summer Alex and I took a 5-week trip across the United States. Our first stop? St. Louis, Missouri, my hometown, and (in my humble opinion) the best city in the world! I loved playing tour guide and showing Alex around all my favorite spots, but also some of the more well-known St. Louis tourist destinations. Here are some of our favorite places we checked out in St. Louis!

1. The Gateway Arch
The Arch is the Gateway to the West and the iconic symbol of St. Louis. Remember when the US bought the Louisiana Purchase from the French and sent Lewis and Clark out to explore our new land? Well, they started their journey in St. Louis. The Arch was built as a memorial to their exploration. For a small fee, you can ride a tiny, egg-shaped elevator up to the top of the Arch and get great views of St. Louis to the west and Illinois to the east. The elevators are not for the faint of heart (aka, if your claustrophobic and/or scared of heights, this may be a struggle for you, but worth it in…