Alaska

In the beginning of June I had the privilege of going to Alaska on a mission trip. We went to build some cabins and bath houses for a summer camp out on Lake Aleknagik. We had no wifi or service for the entire week and a half. It was really great to unplug, enjoy nature, and reconnect with people on a more personal level than we’re normally used to. Alaska is so gorgeous. I can’t wait to go back someday.

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged or even thought of posting anything on here. My summer is coming to an end soon. It’s been a busy one. I went to Alaska, to Northern California, to the beach, to the fair, and just recently to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Summer has always been bittersweet for me. While I enjoy having free time to explore and spend with friends and family, I am easily bogged down by the feelings of boredom and unproductiveness. Having finished my first year of grad school with only one to go, I decided not to get a summer job. (I was also in charge of selling the 8 puppies, which turned out to be more work than I had initially thought). I wanted to spend what would potentially be my “last summer,” before entering the real world, by going on adventures.

Quite spur the moment last week, a few friends and I decided to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We secured a camping site in Kings Canyon, loaded up the car, and made the 6 hour trip up north. We took over 2 hours trying to find the campground in the dark, but we did see a bear! We visited the world’s largest tree, took a tour of Crystal Cave, saw a few waterfalls, and swam in a river. With no real agenda we explored the parks and had a really great girl’s retreat!

On Monday it’s back to reality. It was nice to be unplugged and take a breather in nature before the hectic school year starts up again. Until next time Sequoia.

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Our humble abode

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We floated down this river for a while

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Our group

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Flashpack nation

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Some of the Sequoias

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Do you see the little moon?

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We stopped by a lake

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Sunset in the Sequoias