Vacation 2019 {Part 1}

Hello, dears!

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!

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Amelia Island Part 2

Hello hello! I’m back with part two of my pictures from our vacation with friends. 😀 (See part one here.) I love these photos, and I hope you do too!

Let’s start with the crabbing photos. We went out to a marsh to catch blue crabs with some crab traps, chicken pieces for bait, and some coolers. It was SO much fun and we ended up catching quite a few crabs – around 8! They didn’t amount to much once we cooked them, but the few crumbs we had tasted good. XD

We drove around everywhere in golf carts, which allowed you to take in all the beautiful scenery. ♥ Isn’t it gorgeous?

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A tree where we parked the golf cart. I love all the Spanish moss! It looks so mysterious.

Besides crabs, we also caught some various other water creatures like fish and shrimp. (But we didn’t keep them.)

We caught two of these fish, I believe, and the second made a weird grunting/clicking sound. O.o It was so odd and funny!

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Doesn’t this look like a tropical angelfish or something? We were all amazed to catch it.

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Shrimp look hilarious with their long antennae. XD

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And of course, the crabs. Look how blue they are underneath – so pretty!

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We put the crabs on ice to calm them down. 😉 Some of the little guys were quite feisty!

Now for more beach pictures. 🙂

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THIS IS SO PRETTY AND GOLDEN!

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Whoa, I LOVE this photo! Isn’t abstract design of the sand neat?
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What do you know. I only took one shell photo this time.

Shore birds…

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I really like this one!
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Heh heh, he looks a bit ruffled at being on camera.
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I couldn’t decide whether to delete this picture or not… it’s kind of neat, but sort of not. 😛

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I absolutely LOVE these pictures of my little sister Carmen! (I seem to be saying “I love this picture” to almost every picture, huh? XD)

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AHHH I LOVE IT!

The sunset over the beach was gorgeous! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it at the peak, but I did get these.

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Lastly, I took a bunch of pictures on the way home, especially of the enormously, voluminously puffy clouds (wow that was fun to say).

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I love the fog. ♥

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The birds look like specks of pepper.

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And that’s about it! I hope you enjoyed the huge conglomeration of photos, dears. 🙂 Do you have a favorite(s) or is it too overwhelming to pick?

Also, HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY to my sister Megan! If you haven’t already done so, hop on over to her blog and send her a belated birthday note. 🙂 (By the way, she also posted the pictures that I took of her on the sister’s photoshoot here.)

***Allison***

Amelia Island Part 1

We just got back from a lovely vacation with our friends at Amelia Island, Florida. Of course I took hundreds of pictures, and thusly I’m going to divide this into two posts, heh heh. Get ready for a huge photo dump!

Pictures from the drive there…

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My siblings counted different kinds of trailers on the way there and back, keeping tally with a dry-erase marker on the window. They got a lot more than this till the trip was over. 🙂 (And yes, they did manage to get one truck honk in the end. XD)

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Now we’re at the island! The trees at the resort are GORGEOUS, all old and gnarly, and covered in ferns and dripping with Spanish moss. It makes the whole place look really neat and mysterious.

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And now for tons of beach pictures! You will be proud of me, guys: I managed not to ruin my camera this time like I have at pretty much every other beach vacation. XD

Going down the boardwalk…

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Look what we found!

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This beach is absolutely gorgeous. ♥

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I love all the shells along the beach!

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Isn’t this neat? You can’t see it too well in the picture, but I found a hollowed out shell that fit me perfectly as a ring, like it was made for me! Maybe it was. 🙂 Wow, my fingers look weirdly long in this picture. O.o Probably because they are.

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Can you spot the pretty little purple cochina shell?

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And the waves are wonderful too… (Can you tell I just really like the beach? XD)

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It’s amazing how powerful water can be.

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Isn’t this picture neat? I like how the wave is rolling. 🙂

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And we’ll end with this cute little tree frog we found stuck to a window of the beach house. He’s all tucked into a little frog package. 😛

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Whew! Done with the first part! I hope you enjoyed. But I have to say, I think the rest of the pictures are even better. 😉 I can’t wait to show you!

What is your favorite part of the beach? The waves? The sand? The shells?

Thanks for visiting and see you later, dear readers! 😀

***Allison***

Assateague Island {Photo Dump}

On Monday we left for a vacation at Assateague Island, and so far it’s been a ton of fun! If you know me, you’re probably guessing that I took, like, hundreds of pictures. And you’d be right. XD This is going to be one serious photo dump, guys.

I was trying to figure out how to organize the pictures, but I ended up pretty much just keeping them in the order they uploaded, and hoping that it’s not too jumbled. XD

I’ll start with some flowers. We’re staying in a cozy little Air B&B house with a moss lawn and gorgeous periwinkle hydrangeas in the front yard. I love how these photos turned out!

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Some of our funniest adventures happened while driving. One time my littlest sister Carmen came up with… um, rather creative “Would You Rather” questions like, “Would you rather have all your hair pulled out or all your teeth?” and “Would you rather pour honey or glue over your head?” and lots more that were too gross to tell. We nearly died laughing but it was so GROSS. XD XD XD

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I don’t pictures marshes as being exactly beautiful, but the marsh at the entrance to Assateague was really pretty.

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If you’ve ever read Misty of Chincoteague, you probably already know that there are wild ponies roaming all over Assateague and Chincoteague Islands. It’s so funny because they walk right up to you and wander around the beaches and parking lots where people are, but they can still bite and kick like wild animals, so you’re not supposed to pet them.

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I love this next picture! I spent a long time trying to get this to turn out. XD

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When I was taking these footprint pictures I remembered a little poem/story thingy that I love. You can read it here.

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My sister Megan took these pictures of me with my camera. The next one looks like my elbow is lighting up. XD

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As you can see, the waves make me happy. 😛 🙂

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Heh heh, I forgot to put sunscreen on my back that day and now it’s bright pink. YOUCH.

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My parents taking a walk on the beach…

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We barely found any shells the first day, but the second and third days we found a bunch!

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I took sooooo many pictures of waves, but I just couldn’t help it – they’re so beautiful! We hardly ever take beach vacations so I have to take what I can get. XD

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My brothers built a sandcastle every time we went to the beach, and the last one was QUITE impressive. But we’ll get to that in a moment… This is just the beginning of a moat or something.

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Aww, isn’t that picture sweet? My little sister, Carmen, loved the waves too. 🙂

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I don’t know what Megan is looking for… shells, maybe?

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I got some pretty funny pictures of my brothers’ expressions while they were jumping waves. XD

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This is one of my favorite pictures out of all of the beach photos! Just look at their smiles! 😀 Logan is the one with the black shirt and Jeff has the white shirt.

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Hee hee, look at Megan’s hair!

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I got some neat silhouette pictures of my parents on the beach.

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I like the seagull silhouettes in this one.

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Isn’t this so CUTE?!

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HA HA!

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Hoof prints…

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And footprints.

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I got some really neat pictures of two wild ponies meandering over the beach.

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Oh my goodness, isn’t this hilarious? The horses were investigating these peoples’ bags. XD

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Going down the boardwalk…

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More flower pictures. ♥

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Ahhh, I LOVE the next one!

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Here’s the first sandcastle my brothers made. Neat, but nothing compared to their later ones. 🙂

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This is the second sandcastle. (I took this picture quick with Megan’s camera, so of course it won’t be as good of quality as my wonderful camera would be. Heh heh. 😛 )

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And this is their last one! It looks pretty similar to the second one, but it’s more impressive in real life. (Megan took these pictures.)

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And back to the ocean… It looks like Carmen is Moana. XD

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More wave action pictures!

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His expression… XD XD XD

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I like this one because the wave looks huge! (Actually they were pretty big.)

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Seagulls!

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I got some more neat (but blurry) action photos of the wild ponies galloping.

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And lastly we shall end with a sunset. These are the last beach pictures I got before my camera stopped working. *Sniff* I’m not exactly sure what’s wrong with it. It might be that the battery isn’t good anymore, or maybe it’s something else. It still takes pictures but the screen doesn’t work. We might be able to fix it when we get home, but for now… 😦 Any advice?

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PHEW! You made it through almost 100 pictures! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. 😀 Have you been to Assateague or Chincoteague? Do I even dare ask what your favorite picture was? Nah, there were too many. XD

Thank you so much for reading, my friends!

***Allison***

P. S. AHHH YAY! Hayley is doing another ATC trade! For all the details, check out her post here. You should totally go see – the past two ATC trades were SO much fun!

Beach Sunset + BIBPC #3

We went to a Lake Eerie beach on our vacation right as the sun set. It was absolutely gorgeous!

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I love this picture with the lighthouse and the orange sky!

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Whoa! I don’t think the sunset was quite THIS bright in real life.

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I love sunsets and beaches, so a sunset on the beach equals twice the love! 😀

Now for my BIBPC entry. The category this time was “Worth It.”

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Story Behind the Photo: My friend is posing for a picture after we had a big shaving cream fight with her and her siblings. It was so. Much. Fun. Even though we and the lawn got super messy (we had to take showers and change, as you can imagine), and the smell of shaving cream was everywhere for a while, it was definitely worth it!

***Allison***

P. S. Oops! You guys were right! Two of the flower pictures in the garden post were the same. I changed it now. 😉 If that affected your guess, please feel free to guess again!

Vacation, Part 1: Niagara Falls

The first day we drove up to our campground and that’s about all. (We had some car trouble unfortunately, so it took us a few hours longer than we thought. 😦 ) The second day we actually got to see Niagara Falls! We took the Maid of the Mist tour, and guys, it was AMAZING! I loved it so much! If you ever go to Niagara Falls, you have to do that. When you’re down there in the boat you can really feel the wind and mist and power of the falls. Be prepared to get wet, though – they give you ponchos but you still get very soaked! I was afraid the mist would drown my camera, but it didn’t, thankfully. 🙂

Look at the tiny blue people!

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Fluffy water!

A rainbow over the observatory area

After that we went over to the Canadian side and looked at the falls from there. I would have been fine with just being on the American side, but oh well. It was neat to see it from a different perspective.

A bird was getting buffeted about by the waters, but it didn’t seem to mind.

 

Verdict: LOVED IT!

Have you ever been to Niagara Falls?

***Allison***

P. S. This is the first time I’ve used Google Drive for my post! (You know, from Clara’s free space tutorial.) It certainly took longer than normal, but I’m getting the hang of it. Thanks again, Clara!

Creation Day Series: Day 3

I had a lot of fun putting together the collage for this one! I love taking pictures of plants and flowers and hills. I’m so glad God chose to make plants and flowers like he did, to give the world a pop of natural color!

And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

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Some of these pictures were from vacations I went on. If you think about it, people admire God’s creations, like waterfalls, National Parks, and giant redwood trees so much that they travel from far away just to see them. And why shouldn’t they?

***Allison***

Vacation!

We are just home from a wonderful vacation at the beach.  Well, it was partly at the beach – first we drove down, sightseeing on the way, then we stopped at the beach with our friends for a couple of days, and then we drove home.  Of course I took my camera, but… IT STOPPED WORKING because first my brother accidentally dumped it onto the sand because he didn’t know I had put it in a towel, and then it got splashed with water. 😦 😦  Thankfully I had already gotten a bunch of pictures, so I can still show you some. (Oh, and I ordered a new camera that is hopefully coming by tomorrow!)

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On the way down we stopped at Mount Airy, the inspiration for the set of The Andy Griffith Show (which our family loves.)  It wasn’t quite like we expected, and the places were kind of scattered around, but it was neat.

There was an Opie’s candy shop,

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and of course the Mayberry Sherriff’s office and jail.  The jail didn’t look quite like it does in the movie when you went inside, but it looks like you’re actually in the movie when you look at the pictures.

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We also got some delicious ice cream.  My sister and I shared this (huge!) banana split.

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Next we dropped in at our cousin’s new house, where we found a big fat toad.  We also went to look at their farm, but I didn’t bring my camera there.

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Toad – meet kitten, kitten – meet toad.

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And finally, Amelia Island!  We saw some beautiful marshland there,

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not to mention the many other beautiful spots, like this lake.

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The trees in the Southeast are draped in Spanish moss and sometimes covered in ferns.

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The beach house was a veritable reptile and amphibian collecting center!  We saw and/or caught green anoles, geckos, toads, tree frogs, and a garter snake.  (The snake, by the way, was in a closet in the house!)

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Now for the beach.  (Where, beside the fact that my camera stopped working, I lost my goggles.  But it was really fun anyway!)

The beach there was not crowded at all, there were lots of shells, and the water was WARM, actually WARM!  That’s amazing to me because we have never been to a warm beach, we always go to the northern beaches if we go at all.

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Some of the shells were coquinas.  We gathered about two cups of them one day, and made some delicious soup with them.

On our way home we didn’t do much sightseeing, but we did stop at Hilton Head.  And that’s it!

Have you ever been to Amelia Island?  What’s your favorite vacation spot?

***Allison***

Creation Museum!

We went to the Creation Museum in Cincinnati, Kentucky for a few days with some of our friends, and it was AMAZING!  I highly recommend it!  There are so many neat things to discover inside the museum, and they have a beautiful outdoor space, and a petting zoo – and not just your ordinary petting zoo!

First you come into a tall hall with Chinese dragons hanging from the ceiling and dragon information and legends along the walls.  When you come into the actual museum you see this huge mastodon skeleton and then this habitat with moving dinosaurs and life-like people.    Then you can go down this alley or tunnel or something which kind of goes through the museum and shows you lots of different things along the way.  There’s a life-like dig-site where you can touch a real dinosaur bone,

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and see a dinosaur skeleton!

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There were several movie theater stops along the way, and the Garden of Eden which I really liked. (I mean, who knew you could still go see it, right?!).

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There’s a cross-section of the Ark with life-like people that talk and move.  This is a picture of a fake person that was in the display.  I mean, look how real she looks!

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There’s a neat room with small models of the Ark and what it could have looked like inside and out.  It was really funny because we saw a stinkbug crawling around on the miniature people inside the display case!

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Later on the trail we went to this amazing Insectorium that had lots of insects in glass display cases.  My finger in some of the pictures shows how big the insects are.

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Later on we went outside.  There are lots of pretty waterfalls and bridges, and a petting zoo!  This petting zoo had a zorse (zebra and horse mixed), a zonkey (can you guess?), wallabies (which we didn’t get to pet – one was too busy eating a Christmas tree that was in the cage!), peacocks, and other animals.

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This is definitely not all we saw, but it would take too long to tell you everything!  For more information, visit the Creation Museum’s site here.

***Allison***