NC/SC Beaches and Gardens – August 2016

Last summer, my parents and I took a trip up the coast from Surfside to Wrightsville Beach. The beach is always enjoyable for me – I love any kind of nature. While me and my mom were more looking at the sights, my dad was at the height of his Pokemon GO phase. Which me and my mom were into as well, but he played…so…much. Anyway, we visited several gardens and beaches.

We traveled to Surfside Beach, South Carolina to go to Brookgreen Gardens. Me and my mom wanted to go to see the Marsh Tacky horses – a rare breed of horse from Spain. The gardens were beautiful. They were based on an old rice plantation, so there was a good bit of history that went along with it, which only makes the place have more meaning. It was so interesting, but so heartbreaking. The gardens were full of palm trees and trees with Spanish  Moss.

We visited a HUGE candy shop when we drove through Myrtle Beach to get to Surfside. They had giant Hershey’s and Kit Kats, and tons of candy merchandise. They also had  sections for two of my weaknesses – Snoballs and Asian Candy. For my ice, I got my favourite “Rainbow” flavour – cherry, blue raspberry, and pineapple. All the colors melt together and create a rainbow.

Our final destination was Wrightsville Beach. We go here a lot, since my parents, brother, and I are from here. Our first day at the ocean a storm was coming, so we just walked on the sand. We visited Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, which is where I took th epicture of the vine tunnel.

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Washington – March 2016

In March 2016 my mom and I went to visit my dad in Seattle, Washington. At the time, my dad’s job was moving there so we were planning on moving – so this spring break wasn’t so much a vacation as it was searching for houses and schools and looking at surrounding areas. The only two days we had to actually tour were when we went to the west peninsula and Seattle itself.

The first day we went to Snoqualmie. They have a famous waterfall there. It was beautiful – the water was a deep turquoise. You could climb down to the bottom, but it was a big hike that my mom was not down for.

We took a drive through the western peninsula, which is mostly the Olympic National Lake. We drove around the perimeter of the lake to get to our destination, which was Westport Beach. The whole lake looked exactly how the picture looks. The Olympic Mountains has clouds weaving through them, and the water had small waves and was the same deep turquoise that the Snoqualmie River was. The lake was to my left, on my right was moss covered trees and small waterfalls.

After that trip, out destinations were Westport Beach and Forks (yes, I wanted to go there because of my Twilight days in middle school). Sadly, when we were in Forks, it was pouring rain and my pictures aren’t very aesthetically pleasing. But the picture of the ocean is from Westport – a small beach town in Washington. Which it didn’t feel like. Most of it was a lot of fisherman – not exactly a surf and sun beach. But I loved that about it, it looked beautifully sad.

We visited a small town called Duvall. It was a small mountain/logging town, but it was so quaint and cute. The pictures of the paints, tags, and records are from a small antique store we visited there. We were staying at a bed and breakfast there, which the backyard had a small pond and alpacas.

Our one day in Seattle to actually tour around, we went to a French bakery and I got the best vanilla macaron ever. The green one is a pistachio one, which my mom had. For the rest of our time in the city we toured the shopping and different parts of the city.