New Hobby: Paddleboarding

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I enjoy my days at the lake. It’s a great time to relax, enjoy myself, and chill with my family. This summer I finally got the chance to try out something I had always wanted to do.

Paddleboarding.

I was out on Lake Alice at William O’ Brien State Park, about 15 minutes north from Stillwater, MN.

The impression that was running through my head before I ever tried paddleboarding was, “is this board stable?”and “will it hold me?”

I was nervous.

You know that feeling, when you want to try it so bad but your’re so scared at the same time. That’s me.

But, surprisingly, it’s much easier than canoeing and kayaking. When you sit in a canoe or kayak, it is wobbly and you can’t shift your weight from side to side much, you’ll flip it. Paddleboarding was much more stable. I was amazed at how stable it was. I rocked the board from side to side and it would not flip. It’s trustworthy.

What I love about a paddleboard that a canoe or kayak cannot do is being able to stand on the board. I could see everything around me and in the water. I spotted a school of Carp from a distance and as I get closer, they vanish. It’s beautiful.

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It’s almost Fall, that means Winter is right around the corner. I’m going to enjoy a couple more days out at the lake paddleboarding before Winter hits!

 

Livia

 

 

An Unexpected 4 Day Road Trip 2

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We slept in Butte, MT on day 2 and when we awake we will start our journey home.

As we get ready to go home, we stopped by a gas station and happen to find that Yellowstone National Park was only 80 miles away. We talked….hesitated….and called back home and told the ones at home we are going to stay another day.

Do we regret this decision. No. Everywhere in Montana in beautiful. Huge mountains to the left and right of us capped with snow. It’s surreal. I mean, yes I live in Minnesota and we get A LOT of snow here. But have you seen snow on mountains with perfect, sunny, and 70 degree weather. We don’t get that in Minnesota.

Even the drive to Yellowstone National Park was amazing. We were driving along streams with the gorgeous mountains surrounding us. My siblings and I were looking for bears in the streams hoping to see a bear catch his meal. We didn’t see any.

As we get close to Yellowstone, we start seeing signs to beware of bisons. It sounds so unreal, right? Well they do pop out of nowhere. We saw a family of bison on the busy road and the speed limit was 70mph. My little sister wants to take pictures of the bisons but we kept telling her there will be more, hopefully, in the park. She was super sad and thought to herself that was going to be the last of it.

We enter into the West entrance of Yellowstone. I’m amazed. This place is it’s own little town. I loved how the buildings were so alike. It had its own little theme. It felt warm, cozy, and at home. The buildings were made from from wood, like a cabin.

We make our way into the park. The first thing that greeted us, was a lonely bison drinking water by the Madison River. Yes, my sister got her picture she wanted. But as we kept driving more into the park there was more than just one bison. There’s a pack of bison on the road, blocking us, traveling slowly to wherever their destination is. We loved it. They were super close to us, within arms reach. Our windows are rolled down a tiny bit and we can hear the bisons breathing. It was awesome and totally worth to spend day 3 at Yellowstone.

There were some areas of the park that wasn’t open for the day. But we still got to see a couple great things.

Lower Geyser Basin

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Midway Geyser Basin

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Norris Geyser Basin

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Mammoth Hot Springs

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North Entrance

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It was amazing. We had a great and fun time.

We left the park around 4pm. We have concluded this trip, for real this time. There was no more stopping, except for gas and restroom. Driving through the night is super dangerous. We encountered deers 2 times that evening. Thank God we did not hit any. But they definitely scared the life out of us.

We arrived home around 9AM. First thing first, we showed our films/pictures to the family.

They loved it.

The link below is a video of the entire trip. Glacier and Yellowstone National Park Video

 

Via.


 

An Unexpected 4 Day Road Trip

An Unexpected 4 Day Road trip to Montana. The Vang Family. Livia Vang. Polson, Montana. Flathead Lake, Lake Mcdonald, Glacier National Park. yellowStone National Park, Traveling Sisters and Brothers. Siblings.

A month ago my siblings and I packed our belongings and jumped into the car and headed out to Montana.

Rewind…… I’ll tell you the whole story how we decided to go on this road trip.

Venla, Sena and CC are my sisters. Venla is two years older then me, Sena is one year older, and CC is one year younger than me.

Date: April 19, 2016 Time: Around 6:00 PM Sena, CC, and I needed to grab items at Target and on the way there I said, “What if we call Venla and said that we’re going to Montana?” They said, “Dude, DO IT!” Of course, I called Venla but she didn’t pick up the first time. I kept trying to dial her and on the 7th attempt she picked up. I put her on speaker and said to her, “We’re gonna go to Montana. What do you think?” Unexpectedly, she replied back, “Sure, go ahead. I’ll watch the kids.” WHAT THE HECK. Are you kidding me. She just said YES. It was just a joke. We thought she would say no because it came up too fast. We got off the phone and talked among ourselves. I said, “Should we really go?” Sena, “I don’t know…” Cesea, “Let’s just go!” Me, “Should we?” Sena and Cc, “YEAH!”

And this is how we decided to take off to Montana.

Time: Probably 7:30ish There was a lot to do that evening. We needed to get to the grocery store to buy some snacks and drinks, rent a car, pack our belongings, and take a shower!

As Sena is driving us to the grocery store I’m on my phone reserving us a car from Avis and pick-up was at 10PM. We got to the store and bought chips, chips, pop, pop, water, granola bars, and ice.

Got out of the store, went home and told Venla it was a joke. We all laughed and another sibling is joining in on the trip. My little brother, T.

We packed and searched up places to see in Montana. As it was getting closer to 10PM we drove to the airport to pickup the car.

The car was amazing. It was perfect for the four of us. The Ford C Max. I love booking with Avis, we were in and out of the airport in less than 8 minutes.

We got home and just went straight to bed.

ZzzzZzzz………….

Day 1 Time: 5:00AM Time to Get Up! We got ourselves groomed and put everything in the car.

Time: 6:30AM We are on the road.

We love taking road trips because it is a wonderful time for us to just talk about your childhood memories and laugh together. And it’s what makes the trip so memorable. But, the first day of the trip was more of getting to Montana.

Time: 9:50PM We got to Helena, Montana. We stopped at a Walmart and slept there, in the parking lot. YES IN THE CAR! How was it possible? Well, that’s why I said the Ford C Max was perfect. We folded the seats down and it turned into a bed. Amazing right?! Thanks Ford! And No, I am not getting paid by Ford or Avis for saying this.

Day 2 We got up and we realize we didn’t eat anything that night. HAH. Thank goodness Burger King was right next to Walmart. We had breakfast at Burger King and also Facetimed the family back at home.

Montana is a beautiful place. Cc did not believe me when I said there was snowcapped mountains. Until she saw it right before her eyes. Every angle had its beauty. Just gorgeous.

Oo and I cannot forget this. There was no service. If we were to depend on our phones for navigation, we’d probably get no where and we’d get lost. So thanks to Ford again, the C Max had a Navigation System!

We had many stops along the way that weren’t planned. But this is part of traveling. Discovering natural beauties and soaking into what God has created for us. Earth is a beautiful place and sometimes we don’t appreciate it enough.

Such as this place. We were on our way to Glacier National Park and we saw this view. How can we not stop to enjoy this.An Unexpected 4 Day Road trip to Montana. The Vang Family. Livia Vang. Polson, Montana. Flathead Lake, Lake Mcdonald, Glacier National Park. yellowStone National Park, Traveling Sisters and Brothers. Siblings.An Unexpected 4 Day Road trip to Montana. The Vang Family. Livia Vang. Polson, Montana. Flathead Lake, Lake Mcdonald, Glacier National Park. yellowStone National Park, Traveling Sisters and Brothers. Siblings.

Awe-inspiring.

One of the major places I wanted to see was Glacier National Park. Words cannot describe how beautiful this place was. Sadly, we did not get to see everything. We didn’t get to go on the Sun Road. The road was only open for 10 miles. But we got to see Lake McDonald.

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We enjoyed the lake for a good 2 hour. Sena jumped into the lake and swam in the super cold water. We raced each other to see who could skip their rock the most and farthest. And we just sat and enjoyed the beautiful quiet lake with the huge snowcapped mountains behind the lake.

We also stopped on a wayside in Polson, Montana. The view was breath-taking. It just made me feel so complete, warm, and loved.

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Practically, we just drove around. We discovered and explored wonderful and incedible places. We were thrilled and excited. We forgot to eat, most of the time. The time went by so fast. All of a sudden the sun is setting already.

We are ready to go back home. I didn’t want to drive at night, so we stopped at another Walmart. Rested there for the night and all I remember was reviewing what happened that day and I was asleep.

It felt like I just slept for a moment, but it was already day 3. I will continue day 3 tomorrow.

 

 

Livia

A Weekend Hike

It’s finally warm enough to hang out at the lake. I got the chance to got out on a hike and captured many pictures with my Sony Alpha a6000.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I did!