Succor Creek, Oregon

Summer 2014 has ended, school is in session, and I’ve spent the last two weeks getting adjusted to my new schedule and early mornings. I like most of my classes so far, and I’m finally taking my photography class which I’m stoked about!
We did manage to get away for a day of hiking last weekend. Joey, Oliver (of course), our friends Dylan and Courtney, and I drove across the border of Idaho to our neighboring state of Oregon, so we could visit Succor Creek State Park. As you drive through the dry desert of southern Oregon, suddenly you arrive at a giant canyon with a small river flowing through it. The river has fish swimming around and foliage has grown in lush and dense, making this place feel like a true desert oasis. The canyon in Succor Creek is dotted with caves just asking to be explored. The few caves we did look through that day were completely filled to the brim with sparkly thunder-eggs and what looked like agates. The geology and overall scenery of the park is absolutely beautiful. They also have a ton of campgrounds in the area; we’re itching to go back and camp some weekend before it gets too cold. The people we did see in the park had their ATVs and Motor Bikes with them, so don’t forget to bring your’s is you visit – there are trails everywhere!
Succor Creek is just a really cool place to check out if you’re ever in the area.

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Walk in the Foothills

Here are some photos from a walk we took in the Boise Foothills, yesterday evening. Enjoy!

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Redfish Lake

Over the weekend Joey, & Oliver & I drove up to Stanley, ID for a night, to camp next to the Sawtooth Mountains by Redfish Lake. It’s such a beautiful area up there. It was super excited seeing the Sawtooth Mountains for the first time, and they look as mean as they sound! I’d like to go back sometime and hike one of its many trails. Redfish Lake is a pretty commercialized and camp spots are in high demand, so you have to reserve most of their campgrounds ahead of time. But once you lay eyes on the crystal clear blue lakes beneath the razor sharp Sawtooths, you’ll understand what the fuss is all about. If you’re not into paying for your campsites the whole Sawtooth National Forest area has free, first come first serve, campgrounds all over the place. Since we weren’t up there for long, we spent the majority of our day at Redfish Lake and taking a nature walk up the Redfish Lake Trailhead. I’ve got the pictures to prove it. ;)
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Architecture In Monochrome

It’s been a little over a week since we returned home from our trip to Washington D.C.
Unlike a lot people who travel, whenever I get home, rather than eagerly visiting with friends and family, I go into a reclusive state where I don’t want to see anybody or do anything but lay on my couch and edit photos…it’s like I’m coming down from a travel-high. So that’s pretty much been my entire week. Other than going camping for a night up in Stanley, ID by Redfish Lake. (I always have time for nature, and nature always has time for me. )
One of the things I miss most about D.C. is the beautiful architecture! We stayed at the AKA White House Hotel which is located downtown, just a few blocks away from everything that we wanted to see and right around the corner from the actual White House. The following are some of my favorite architectural photos that I took while there.
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Chairish: Bohemian Kitchen Bar

Chairish: Bohemian Kitchen Bar

I was recently asked by Chairish to collaborate with them, by designing my ideal kitchen bar featuring their decor. First of all, I just adore their store – they have a lot of beautiful vintage pieces, and they also give … Continue reading

Medicine For The People

Two posts in a row!? I know…this never happens! But I felt compelled to share this video with everyone. It’s by one of my very favorite bands – Nahko and Medicine For The People. I can hardly find the words to express how I feel when I listen to this song.

Good vibes. Positivity. Love. That’s all that flows through me when I hear their beautiful music. Please share this video with your loved ones, and go check out the rest of Nahko and Medicine For The People’s music here.

Floral Shorts

Floral Shorts

Here’s a quick outfit post for y’all, featuring some cute floral shorts from the Kendall and Kylie (Kardashian) clothing line at Pacsun. I’m quite the opposite of a Kardashian fan, but the youngest sisters have awesome taste in clothes and … Continue reading

Holocaust Memorial Museum

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.

Washington D.C.

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!

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Camping on the Oregon Coast

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!