Born & raised in the sunshine state, for the longest time I took for granted what I was given. But in the summer of 2015 I made various day trips to explore Florida's back country and realized that this state has much more to offer than I originally thought. Ever since that summer, my outlook on Florida has shifted in the most beautiful way. This states isn't just white sandy beaches and amusement parks. Its diverse ecosystems give rise to many species of plants and animals as well as terrains that differ as you travel throughout the state.

Lesson: Beauty can be found in unexpected places.