Dreaming of Gulf County, Florida in the Winter!

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This fall has already seemed colder than usual in most of the US. I can’t imagine how the winter is going to be! I’m already dreaming of blue skies and the warm sun on my back with a perfect breeze against my face. I guess that’s what happens usually; in the winter I yearn for spring, in the summer I yearn for colder months.

Gulf County, Florida makes it easier for you to access your dreams of sunny skies in the winter time. So come visit GCFL! With 43 miles of natural shoreline, the gulf almost everywhere you turn, almost no high-rises, and busy highways far away, being in Gulf County makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. With two stoplights and spotty Wi-Fi, it is the perfect place to unplug and unwind. It would be perfect for Mark and me, knowing how hard it is for us to disconnect.


GCFL has so many events and things to do in the winter. I’d love to go kayaking and horseback riding along the beach, but a sunset cruise would be the think I’d love most to do. Since many of the beaches are westward-facing, the sunsets are spectacular.

You have your pick of adventures around every corner of GCFL, even in the winter. The St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve has dozens of rare plants, and hikes through St. Joseph Peninsula State Park will give you scenes of white sand dunes as big as a house. Kayaking the mysterious Dead Lakes will give you a surprise with every turn, including beautiful Cypress trees. Fish off a pier, build a bonfire and stargaze at night, or ride a bike along the seaside. The adventures are endless!


You’ll feel just at home with get-togethers hosted by GCFL from January till March. It’s so friendly that you’ll meet life-long friends at their winter fun events. From cocktail hours to cruises to karaoke, it’s easy to meet friendly faces.

The best part for me?! GCFL is very pet-friendly. Yay!

Be sure to take a look at their website and everything that Gulf County Florida has to offer!

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Tumalo Falls | Bend, Oregon

Tumble Falls, Oregon

Upon walking up to the viewpoint for Tumalo Falls, I said to Mark, “It’s like the most waterfallest of waterfalls.” Which I still hold true.

Because it’s the waterfall that’s in your dreams. It’s the waterfall that’s pictured next to the definition of the word “waterfall” in the dictionary. It’s the waterfall in a Disney movie. It’s the waterfall you really want to visit. It’s the most waterfallest of waterfalls! :)

Tumalo Falls is just outside of the town of Bend in central Oregon. It is 97 feet tall, located in the Deschutes Forest. (But let me warn you: the falls are NOT in Tumalo State Park. Tumalo State Park is great for swimming, floating the river, and picnics, but Tumalo Falls is NOT there. Don’t pay $5 for parking in the wrong area before you realize your mistake like we did!)

The area has a great history. In 1979, there was a large forest fire that cleared a vast area of the woods and felled giant ancient pines. The authorities tried to “help nature out” and make things look better by clearing the fallen trees that had lined the creek, also in hopes that future fires would not be so rampant. But when the rains came they realized their mistake. Because there were no logs to shape it, the creek eroded and split into separate small streams, thereby destroying the landscape and the wildlife, especially the fish habitat. Since 2003, government agencies and volunteers have been working to restore the area. This is just another example of humans butting into something in order to “help” nature out. We are all now well aware that small, natural forest fires are needed and actually help the ecosystem, promoting germination and sustaining old growth. Forests can even easily recoup from large devastating fires. Nature is, of course, much smarter and more adapting than humans. :) What we should learn from this is that it can take decades for nature to fix what humans have broken.

But basically, if you ever start a forest fire, I’ll hunt you down! ;P

Anyway, aren’t the falls beautiful?

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[All photos were taken in August 2014.]