Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 Family Summer Vacation Part 2- Hebgen Lake & Earthquake Lake

Before we went on to this trip, my husband was looking at his old map mapping out the places that we would love to explore while visiting the Yellowstone and the nearby area. He told us that he was going to take us to this lake that he had been before and it was beautiful there. The Hebgen Lake and the Earthquake Lake is where he wanted to take us. Then he went on about the history of the place and how heartbreaking it was when that night of the terror happened on the 17th of August 1959. If you have not heard of this place before or doesn't know the history of the place, here is a little bit of an information from Wikipedia

"A family that works together like the people in Babel before the great divide. There is almost nothing they cannot achieve if they have made up minds and work as part of a team".

The drive by the lake was absolutely beautiful! And it was one of the trips that I enjoyed so much and are very thankful for the chance that I got to see it in person. Gosh! I just can't get over how beautiful this place is and if given the chance, sure, I would love to live here. Even though it rains a lot and it gets much colder in the winter. 

In this post, I have included a video of our exploration around the Hebgen Lake and Earthquake Lake and I hope you enjoy. If you have never been to this area, it is a must see place. Someday though, I would like to come back here and camp at one of their campsites. Stunning views all around you. It is a perfect place to wind and unwind and rejuvenate your spirit. How can you not relax in a place like this. And not to mention you get to learn the history of the place, which makes you appreciate life even more. Life is Short. Life is Precious. Life is Fragile. Enjoy LIFE while you still can! And be thankful for every day that you wake up alive and well. Have a great one! 

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I would love for us to come back here someday to camp and fly fish. 
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The remains of the outhouse and the cabin caused by the earthquake in August 17, 1959. 

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Quake Lake- You can't tell by the photo, but when you see it in person, it is quite eerie. You will see a lot of these dead trees in the lake. 

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Ops! Excuse me. I thought it was the skunk. 

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Have you been to the Hebgen Lake and Earthquake Lake? Tell us about your experience. I would love to hear it from you. Next on the blog, more photos of our vacation and I'll probably show some photos of the Yellowstone National Park with videos. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Family Vacation Photos And Photo Bloopers

To all of you moms and dads out there, I am sure you can relate with me on this one. You know how it is when taking family photos, right? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, because kids want to do their own thing. Picture taking time with the family can be chaotic and comedic at the same time, so I decided to keep some of our family photos that didn't look quite right or didn't make the cut. Therefore, I call it, the photo bloopers! Here are a few of them. 

Although my photos might not be as chaotic or comedic as the ones you have, so if you have any family photos and bloopers to share, please do so. I think it would be fun!

The cute family photo:
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What really happened:
It takes time and effort to get these kids to where they should be sitting just so we could come up with a cute family photo. 
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This one made the cut:
Roosevelt Lodge Family Photo.
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What really happened:
Our little man was having an attitude and didn't want to be a part of the picture.
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This one made the cut:
Rented Cabin in Emigrant, Montana
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What really happened:
Our kids were anxious to hit the road and didn't care much for a family picture time. But being the mama me, I dragged everyone to taking photos of us before leaving the cabin and heading towards our new destination. Awe! 
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This one made the cut:
A herd of Elk in Mammoth Hot Springs- Yellowstone National Park
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What really happened:
The kids were tired, anxious, wanted to do their own thing, and my son and I weren't getting along well. I was stressed out. LOL! 
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I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but from now on, I am going to do a photo blooper section on my blog. For me, I think it also shows the real side of me and my family, to let you know a little bit about us. To let you know that we are not a perfect family (who is?). That we are just another normal family (or not) and we do have some ups and downs. And that behind every cute family picture of ours, there are two cranky, squirmy, unhappy kids and possibly frustrated parents. (LOL) Have a great one!