Last week, my family and I went on vacation to North Carolina. We had a lovely time, both staying at our vacation house, and visiting my friend Aria and her family (but more on that next time 😉 ). Today I’m going to be posting about the first couple of days, including some photography from the beautiful space where we stayed and a bunch of pretty pictures I got when we went boating on the lake behind the house. Enjoy!
Let’s start with a picture of our welcoming committee. This cute black bear ambled across the road as we drove up to our vacation house. Megan wanted to hug him. XD
The vacation house was more like a cabin, with VERY cabin-y decorations, like pine needles imprinted into the plaster-y wall instead of wallpaper. O.o Not my style of interior decor, but it was fun for different. The outside was more to my taste, with a couple of pretty paths leading down to a lake.
Ferns grew everywhere in this woods! I couldn’t resist photographing them with the sunlight shining through. ❤ It was nice to see so much lush greenery and soak up the cooler air since it’s awfully hot and dry here for us.
Ferns are one of my favorite woodland plants: I love their delicacy and form.
I also found PURPLE!
And mushrooms! All my favorite things here. 😛 I like the way that one little leaf is kind of “petting” the mushroom’s head in the photo, hee hee.
My favorite path included this rustic bench beside a perfectly mossy stump. It looked really photogenic in real life, but was actually kind of hard to photograph…
I love outdoor staircases like this! Isn’t it neat-looking?
The house came with two canoes and several kayaks and smaller boats, which was perfect for a family of seven.
After supper, we made a bonfire and had s’mores. It took FOREVER to get started since the wood was damp, but with the help of my mom, sisters, and perseverance, we got it going. 😉 Do you like building fires? I do, partly because I have so many fond memories of fire-building in past road trips when we stayed at campgrounds and had one most evenings.
Heh, it was mostly dark by that time so this picture is terrible quality, but LOOK AT MEGAN. It looks like she’s holding some sort of glowing stick in her foot. XD XD
Before we went to bed, some of my siblings played this HILARIOUS game called “Watch Ya’ Mouth.” You put in a plastic retainer-type thing and then try to say the words on the cards so people can understand you. It’s harder than it sounds, and way funnier. Not to mention the person talking just looked… well, like this. :’D
We were nearly in hysterics sometimes, especially my parents. :’D Dad kept collapsing with laughter.
Heh heh. Anyway. I spent part of the next morning photographing various wildlife from the porch, like a doe and her fawn that showed up behind the house.
Fawns are some of the cutest baby animals, don’t you think? And my, can they run!
I also sat on the porch for… I don’t even know, probably at least half an hour, trying to get a picture of a hummingbird that came to this feeder every ten minutes or so and left almost immediately when it saw me. But I did get ONE decent photo.
After lunch, we all decided to go down to the lake and explore with kayaks and canoes. My siblings and I got in before my parents were ready to, so Dad took pictures from the shore meantime. 😉 I really like how this picture looks!
I think we used two canoes, two kayaks, and a paddleboard or some small boatish thing. XD
Carmen sometimes swam alongside and sometimes rode or paddled her own boat. I’m quite grateful she didn’t tip the boat getting in and out while I had my camera around my neck. O.o My poor camera has been in many dangerous situations, but so far it has survived…
The lake was rather muddy and scuzzy behind our house, but quite pretty once we turned the bend.
Boating is great because you can be surrounded by water and have the feeling of being IN it without actually doing so. Still, you always get wet somehow, whether by putting your hands or feet over the side, or just getting dripped on by the oars. XD
Hee hee, I like this one! The sunglasses add a nice touch, don’t you think? 😉
I quite liked the way the bright kayaks and paddles looked with the water!
You could see this beautiful spot from the dock behind our house. The lake was practically coated with vacation houses like ours all around the shore, many of them with their own dock leading down to the water.
GUYS. Can you imagine walking down these stairs… and then UP? It might not look quite as steep in the picture, but I’m telling you – the hill was more like a cliff, and the stairs were more like a ladder with a few horizontal breaks. XD
Ahem, back to the river. I love the composition of this photo, with the bare pine on one side and the kayak on the other. Logan looks tiny!
Unfortunately for me, we went boating shortly after noon, which meant the lighting was NOT ideal. Especially out in the middle of the lake when it was full sun. -_- Oh well – more importantly, it was good weather for boating!
Ooh, now we’re getting to some fun, more artistically edited photos. I think this one may be my favorite of the entire post! I usually go for more of a bright, light style, but I love the dramatic lighting here. I did enhance it, but the actual photo was dark already since the water looked almost black here in real life.
It looks like Carmen is swimming in the Amazon river, or at least in a jungle river of some kind. XD
I’m so used to seeing Carmen with glasses that she looks quite different when she takes them off for swimming. I’m doubly glad she didn’t tip my canoe because she put her glasses in a cooler in the middle. O.o
Hmm… is this aesthetic? Or just gloomy? 😛
We shall end with a nice black and white of Megan rowing us back home while I took pictures. XD Don’t worry, I didn’t photograph long until I helped her. 😉
Ahh, fun times! 🙂 It was nice to get away from normal life and have a chance to do even more activities as a family, especially in such a beautiful spot. Exploring nature is our kind of vacation. I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures, and stay tuned for more!
Which picture was your favorite? Do you like boating? Does the huge staircase look fun or exhausting? Have you ever played the “Watch Ya’ Mouth” game?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm + 50mm lens. Edited with picmonkey.com.