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Big Cat Rescue Tampa, FL #BlueSkyintheWild

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, FL is a sanctuary for rescued exotic (big) cats, like, lions, cheetahs, and leopards, etc. You will feel good about spending your money on this hidden gem. It is a more humane option than visiting a zoo, AND it still allows you to get close up to the cats.

All of the cats at Big Cat Rescue are in enclosures outdoors. The enclosures are huge with lots of room for the cats to roam and play. They even have two ‘vacation’ zones for the cats that are much larger enclosed fields for them to run free. Each week they alternate which cats get to go on a ‘staycation’. How fun?!



On my recent trip to Tampa, I paid a visit to this lovely sanctuary and took my Refillable Traveler’s Notebook with me to catch any inspiration along the way. The outdoors are always a huge inspiration. Not only becuase there is so much organic beauty, but there is something about being in nature that helps reset my creativity when I find myself in a rut. That’s why travel journaling is one of my favorite things to do when on a trip. Some people love to take pictures (I do that too) but I really love to doodle, write and just day dream in my journal!


I usually finish the journal page later on and not in the moment. In this case, one of the workers asked me to put it away when standing so close to the cats.  It was enough time for me to doodle somthing real quick though, and I finished the page once I was home.

It’s always fun for me to look back through my travel journals. I have the pictures I took to remember the trip from, but using a travel journal helps me remember it in a different way. Mainly, it reminds me of how I felt on my trip.


Taking pictures now in days, to me, is a passive activity. We snap pictures everyday on our phone and never print, post or do anything with them. Travel journaling is more of an active activity. It engages me more fully, and requires more effort and thought. Most importantly, it is a totally unique and meaningful way to perserve my memories.




I mean, look how close I am to this cat! How crazy?! None of the cats seemed aggressive or unhappy at all. Some would come up to the fence and walk around, play or show off. While other cats wanted nothing todo with us and minded their own buisness.

Going to the zoo, or other animal attractions where they force animals to perform is so sad. You wont see any of that at Big Cat Rescue. Just the cats in their natural as can be (as these cats are rescued from domestic situations and can never be released into the wild again) enviroments roaming and playing at their own free will.


It’s FL, so the greenery was lush and plentiful and I just wish I could bring it all home with me!




One moreBIG cat picture and a shot of the Burnt Sienna Refillable Traveler’s Notebook!


If you want to plan a trip to Big Cat Rescue check out their site for tickets and more info, or if its too far away, they have a live stream for you to veiw the cats on! And if you’d like, you can make a donation to help keep this place up and running  for the cats.

That’s it for this edition of #BlueSkyintheWILD check back for more wild adventures soon!

Are you going on a trip? Take your Blue Sky Paper’s journal along, snap a pic, upload it on instagram tagging it #BlueSkyintheWild so we can see!

20 Things to do in Asheville: Blue Sky in the Wild – Travel Journal

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Looking for things to do in Asheville? After a recent trip to this artsy southern city in the mountains we complied a list of 20 things to eat, see, and do while in Asheville, NC.


If you know me, you know I don’t leave the house without a journal in tow on a daily basis, so of course when we skip town, it is one of the first things I pack. I love taking pictures to capture our adventures, but it’s not quite the same as using a travel journal to record those memories, and the things, and stories that an image can’t quite capture. (You can read more about travel journal tips in this post.)



Last weekend, was the first weekend it started to finally feel like fall in the south, so we decided to head north to one of our favorite southern cities, Asheville, NC. If you have never been, you need to put this city on your list. I highly suggest going in the fall season, as the mountains are so pretty then and the weather is perfect. I also suggest, booking your plans in advance.

…Even if you’re camping. We camped, and planned poorly (didn’t reserve a site in advance) so we had to take what was available (and there wasn’t many options at that point). Nonetheless, we had an amazing time in Asheville and I thought I would share with you some of the places my journal and I went!


Keep reading below to see our list of 20 things to eat see and do in Asheville, NC.

You can’t go to Asheville without visiting its many breweries. You wont be able to do them all in one weekend, but here are my favorites.

Best Beer in Asheville ::

  1. Burial Beer Co.  *great patio
  2. Wicked Weed *great food
  3. Sierra Nevada  *the country club of breweries
  4. Wedge Brewing *big patio with retro vibe
  5. Catawba Brewing Co. *one of the ‘old guys’ in the craft beer brewing industry



Nothing beats a southern made breakfast, and Asheville won’t disappoint! When I asked friends where we should eat breakfast in Asheville, and someone told me “Go anywhere with ‘Biscuit’ in the name and it will be good”…they were right! Check out these yummy breakfast spots in downtown Asheville.

Where to eat Breakfast in Asheville ::

  1. Over Easy Café 
  2. Tupelo Honey Café
  3. Early Girl Eatery 
  4. Biscuit Head 
  5. Double D’s 




And you of course need to know where to head for dinner. I will say that many of the breweries have AMAZING food too! So while you are there, check out their menus, too.

 5 Places to eat Dinner in Asheville ::

  1. Curate 
  2. Nightbell 
  3. White Duck Taco 
  4. Tiger Bay BBQ 
  5. Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company 


Lastly, if you’re in Asheville, NC you’ve got to get outdoors and soak up the mountain air and good views. There are so many adventures to be found in Asheville, but here are 5 to get you going!

5 Adventures in Asheville ::

  1. Hiking/rock climbing at Chimney Rock
  2. Pisgah National Forrest 
  3. Black Bear Mountain
  4. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway for some amazing views 
  5. Zipline : Asheville Adventure Center



What is your favorite thing to do in Asheville? Share it with us + our readers in the comment section!