Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls – Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier & Nugget Falls - Juneau, Alaska

A year ago, my brother took me with him on an Alaskan cruise. Our stop in Juneau was great, and we were super excited to visit a glacier, since it would be both of our first ever one to see with our own eyes!

Mendenhall Glacier is super easy to get to, with buses going to and from the boat dock all day long. Mendenhall Glacier is beautiful and very hiker-friendly. Though we weren’t able to hike all the way up to the glacier, it was great to see from afar. We were actually quite close in the grand scheme of things!

There are also tours that will take you onto the actual glacier. I will do that next time. I just wanted to touch it! :)

I still can’t believe how big it was. So majestic. Your eyes just don’t fathom what you’re seeing. And Nugget Falls being right there just puts the cherry on top. Nugget Falls is a huge waterfalls running down the side of the mountain. Even with all of that, my favorite part of the place had to be the icebergs in the middle of Mendenhall Lake.

It is completely worth the small trip to visit Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls if you’re ever in the Juneau area.

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[All photos were taken in May 2014.]

Muleshoe Bend – Spicewood, TX

Muleshoe Bend - Spicewood, TX

If you’re a Texan, or know any Texans, you know that we are crazy about our Texas wildflower season. In particular, bluebonnet season. The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas, and they are just the most beautiful and striking things. For about a month (or less) every year, they grow everywhere in Texas, and are always a sight for sore eyes when sighting them on the side of the road while driving.

Since bluebonnet season isn’t very long, we cherish the time that we get to spend with them. We take family portraits in a sea of bluebonnets. We stop along the side of the road when we see a large patch. We spread their seeds on the side of highways so they’ll grow even better next year. We even join Facebook groups dedicated to bluebonnet sightings.

Last year when bluebonnet season was already over, I found out about Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area, which grows the most spectacular bluebonnet fields I have ever seen. They are SO huge and the patches are so thick and tall. So I made it a point to go this year.

We took the dogs with us to spend a full day out at Muleshoe Bend, which is just 45 minutes outside of Austin. Mozart and Magellan had fun running through the flowers, meeting other dogs, swimming in the lake, and exploring the area. Mark and I had fun too, of course.

I loved taking photos here. While the sun was setting, the light painted the area with an orange hue, causing the extremely blue bluebonnets to have more of a purple color.

Bluebonnet season is officially over now, and we already can’t wait until next year!

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What do you think of these gorgeous bluebonnets?

[All photos were taken in April 2015.]

Mozart and Magellan at Zilker Park

Mozart and Magellan at Zilker Park

I’ve been waiting to post this for a long time. Scratch that, I just haven’t done it. But I’m so excited to finally share some great pictures of our new pup Magellan playing at Zilker Park. We rescued Magellan back in January from a bad situation. He had a textbook flea infection which caused hair loss on the back half of his body. He had never had a chance to run around and play in his first 8 months of life, so he was weak and small for his age. But after treatment, socialization, and lots of love, his personality blossomed in just a few short weeks.

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