The Lake and Jumping off Cliffs

My family took a daycation to the lake and we rented a pontoon boat. The weather was a little cold but otherwise it was a beautiful and relaxing day.  These photos are either mine or my mum’s. All editing was done by yours truly.

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I jumped off a cliff. Standing on the edge was terrifying. I looked down at the water fifteen feet below and it seemed much further than that. Every cell in my body was screaming at my brain, “Don’t you even dare! Nope nope nope, you will die!” But my silly reckless brain said, “but it’ll be fun!” and so I jumped. And it was fun. Check that off my bucket list! Apparently I unconsciously covered my nose and my eyes the first time I jumped! haha!

My dad was insaneeee and jumped from the 30 foot cliff. Twice.  I was a little less insane and jumped from the 15 foot cliff three times and a ten foot cliff twice. After the first time it wasn’t quite as intense but it was certainly still terrifying to say the least!

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Here is a post cliff-jumping selfie that I took after jumping from the cliff.  We also brought Duke along and he had a great time! He really loves to swim.

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I was so cold. This is my “I’m so cold,” face.  Mum also got a picture of me wrapped in a blanket because I was so cold.

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At the dock there were a gazillion disgusting cod fish and they were gross. Rachel is trying to touch one in this picture.

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It was Rachel’s birthday so we had cupcakes and she opened some of her presents on the boat.

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The lake is so relaxing. Rachel and I went out on a raft and tube to tan and nap. Lucas decided to wear a life vest as pants cause he’s a ridiculous goof. !!

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Dad skied and he’s really good! Lucas or Rachel (I forget who) got some really great pictures of him. They look professional or something.

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The siblings took turns riding behind the boat on the inner tube. It was a blast! These are pictures of my youngest brother, Jonathan, and myself.

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We live in a beautiful world.

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The Capital of the USA; Home to Dead Mammals, Mummies, and Rocks.

Yes, I know I said that I would tell you about my trip to D.C. on Saturday. Well, here it two days late.

I’ve been to D.C. several times in my life for school field trips and family vacations and every time I am amazed at how much there is to see and to do!

This time I took pictures of my favorite things so there will be a lot in this post.

Here is a picture of the elephant in the room.

Here is a picture of the elephant in the room.

On Tuesday, we got up at 5:30 in the a.m. so we could leave by 6:30. We managed to make it out the door by 7:10. Story of my life!  I read Dante’s Inferno, listened to Grouplove and Hellogoodbye, and slept on the drive down.

We got to D.C. around 10 and drove around for quite some time looking for a place to park. We finally found a sketchy garage that made us leave our keys in the car. But apparently that’s a thing cause it didn’t seem to faze my parents. (?)

At any rate, I quickly discovered that I made a huge mistake in wearing jeans instead of shorts. It was beautifully hot and humid and my legs were screaming for some air within five minutes of walking.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE this kind of weather, but I definitely didn’t dress for it.

At one point we had to wait in the security check line for nearly half an hour in the blazing sun. Finally, when we all thought we could take it no longer, the breeze blew the American flag over us and it sheltered us from the sun. We all shouted, “Thank you America!”

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‘Merica. I love how the sun shines through as a star on the flag.

The dead animals were very dead…and cute.

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This fox creature thing is adorable and also the porcupine is majestic.

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There’s a whale on the ceiling. It’s very distracting.  They also had an insect zoo, which was mostly gross, but they did have live bees and spiders.  o.O

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After looking at the dead mammals and live insects, we went to lunch. I met up with two of my good friends from college who live in the D.C. area and ate at Potbelly Sandwiches in Union Station. Twas delicious! And it was so nice to see those girls. Kayla had work after lunch, but Melissa joined my family in touring her city. She saved our butts actually!

Here’s the story:  My parents decided to ride the Metro back to the Mall. We basically followed Melissa and were thoroughly confused the entire time. Without her, we would have been hopelessly lost.  Also, the doors on those things (trains?) close super quickly! My mum and dad got left behind!  It was okay in the end though, because they just got on the next train.

When we got back to the Mall we walked through a flower garden and I took some spectacular pictures if I do say so myself.

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Mum thought these leaves were cool.

Mum thought these leaves were cool.

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We also looked at several random exhibits and I took pictures of pictures, Abe Lincoln’s hat, a guitar, a Totem pole, and a T-Rex scull.

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My favorite exhibit was about ancient Egypt. They had a lot of mummies and artifacts that had been buried with the kings. It’s really fascinating to see those things and learn about the significance of them in that culture. I’m basically going to devote a separate post just to that, so that this one isn’t too long or dominated by the Mummies.

Here is a sample picture of how awesome Egypt was:

This is the case in which the mummy is preserved.

 

So after the Mummies, we looked at Rocks. They were pretty, but not particularly exciting.

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We also went into the National Archive and looked at the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights. We also saw the Magna Carta, which is super old. All of the documents were super faded and we weren’t allowed to take pictures. Thus I have no record of having been there so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Around 6:30 we went back to the car, and parked by the Pontiac River for a picnic. It was lovely and we fed Doritos to the birds.

Then we went home. You know it’s been a great day when your feet hurt and you crash into bed at the end of it, but you still feel content and happy.

Who else loves D.C.?

 

Dogs are the Cutest.

Last Monday we went to Trough Creek State Park with our dogs. Here are pictures of those adorable creatures snuggling on the way home.

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awwwww. They’s best buddies ❤

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oh hai why you looking at me?

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stop looking at me. I don’t like cameras.

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Tabby’s front end. She’s so tired she doesn’t even care that Duke is on top of her butt.

Zzzzz…