Last week we visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It’s a very somber experience, but also an extremely educational one. By preserving stories and artifacts from such a dark time in our history, we can work together to put a stop to genocides and prejudices worldwide. Out of all the exhibits in the museum, the room of shoes hit me the hardest emotionally – I walked out of that room a changed person.
I’ll let the photos that I took speak for themselves.
My family and I are fortunate enough to be spending the next month in Washington D.C. with my dad, before he goes back to Bangkok for a few months. This past week we’ve been doing the usual tourist activities – visiting museums, monuments, and creeping outside The White House. It’s extremely crowded this time of the year, so we’ve mostly been roaming the streets and going to the monuments late at night. I prefer it that way, because there’s hardly anyone out and the monuments are stunning when they’re lit up. As for the museums, so far we’ve only been to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, The United States Botanic Garden, and the National Geographic Museum which was my absolute favorite,considering that I’m a huge NatGeo junkie and a lot of my inspiration comes from the talented photographers that make up the National Geographic Photo Society.
Here’s a few of my favorite photos from this week. Enjoy!
Hey everyone, I’m currently writing this post as I’m curled up on my couch recouping from a week of camping and non-stop excitement on the Oregon Coast with my family. (I’m also recovering from a dermatologist appointment yesterday, where they removed a good sized chunk out of my left side due to a suspicious looking mole. You guys probably didn’t need to know that, but I’m somewhat in pain right now because of it and felt the need to share anyway…)
This year was our 1st annual “Cartelino” family reunion (which is my mom’s side of of the family, and it’s really “Carter” but we call it the aforementioned name because we’re loud and you can always count on someone getting into a fight at some point). We all spent four nights camping at Honeyman State Park just south of Florence, Oregon. Honeyman is completely surrounded by the lush coastal forests of the Siuslaw National Forest, which are met by the towering sand dunes of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area to the west. And in the middle are two lakes – Cleawox Lake, which is small lake dammed by the sand dunes, & Lake Woahink, which we camped closest to. Needless to say, the campground is absolutely gorgeous, and there are countless activities for the whole family to enjoy – from sand boarding down the dunes to fishing to paddle boarding on the lake. There are also bathrooms and showers for all you people out there who aren’t fans of “real” camping. ;) We spent most of our time swimming and rafting at both lakes, and I’ve got the sunburn to prove it. My uncle even brought his generator, pump, and a tarp to make a slippin’ slide down the side of the dunes into Cleawox lake! The whole week was a blast; I hope this was just the first of many camping trips to Honeyman.
On Monday we are flying to Washington D.C. to spend the remainder of the month exploring museums and monuments!
My family and I spent this past week in Utah for our annual “Talbot Family Reunion”. It’s been a tradition for as long as I can remember and something I look forward to every summer. We have a huge family that was traditionally raised Mormon – although a lot of them, including myself, have developed our own set of personal beliefs throughout the years. Regardless, we all love and respect each other just the same and when we get together we all have endless chaotic fun.
This year we spent a day at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, which is located on BYU campus and is home to over 2 million specimen of reptiles, birds, mammals, fish, & plants. They even have a little two-headed snake and a Liger! My grandma used to take me there when I was little, and there’s no doubt that it played a part in developing my deep interest and love for nature. We also went for a family hike 1.5 miles up Mt. Timpanogos to take a guided tour through three elaborate caves systems decorated with helictites (spiraling rocks), stalagmites, and stalactites. These stunning features continue to slowly grow and twist; thousands of years from now the cave will look very different from what it looks like today. This, to me, is a beautiful reminder that the Earth, including all its features such as rocks and mountains, that we often don’t acknowledge as living things are actually alive in their own way – and we should always treat them with respect as such. The park also offers an Introduction to Caving tour which takes you off the paved trail and along Hansen Cave Lake that I really want to take during my next visit. Visit the Timpanogos Cave National Monument website for information on times and to make reservations.
The whole family also spent a day at Lagoon, which was an absolute blast. Towards the end of the day it started pouring rain and literally half of the park left, so we ran around the park like crazy people, riding Wicked and every other roller coaster repeatedly – by the end of the day we were completely drenched. Later that night some of the older cousins went to see the midnight premiere of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, and I do not recommend it. They made absolutely no effort to tie it into the first three movies – They didn’t mention Sam Witwicky once, It’s like he never even existed! It was 3 hours of explosions and pure nonsense; I actually fell asleep towards the end. Before it was time for my family to leave, everyone met up at Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, where we celebrated a few summer birthdays and of course looked at all the beautiful animals. It feels like this reunion went by way too fast, and I’m already excited for next year. ♥
At the moment we are back in Boise, re-cooperating before heading out on our next adventure this Wednesday – camping along the Oregon coast!
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