The family weekend vacation to San Francisco was a lot of fun. We only went for the weekend, but it was enough. We ate at a pho restaurant, hot pot place, a pizza place, and In-and-Out Burger. We drove down the coast to Big Sur and spent a few minutes at Montara Beach just soaking our feet in the Pacific Ocean water. The kids (teenagers now, of course) got a little soaked when the waves came in a little further than expected. There was another beach along the way where we heard, later that evening on the news, a surfer was bitten by a baby shark. We almost considered going to that beach but it was closed when we passed it (due to the incident as we learned later) on our way to Montara. The weather during our stay was cloudy, but the sun did show up for a few hours.
I took a ton of photos with my iPhone and I’m still struggling as to how to organize the photos to put into a vacation book. I did some looking for an app that could put my photos into frames to save me from creating my own framed photos and found Insta Booth. My trial is almost over but I really like the possibilities with this app so I’m considering buying it for $5.99 when my trial is over. It’s only available for iPhones but I’m sure android phones have similar apps. I also like using VSCO Cam to edit my photos. It’s free. I edited the photos half with VSCO cam and half with Insta Booth and have noted in the photo descriptions. VSCO cam is more flexible in that the filters can be adjusted so their’s room for creativity. Insta Booth has lots of set filters, including, HDR, but they can’t be adjusted. Okay…there’s my mini review I slipped in there. Wasn’t planning for that but I really enjoy using these two apps so thought I’d share it just in case anyone hasn’t heard of them.
The family vacation was fun. My 12-year-old had national dance competition in Seaside, OR, so the family decided to make it a one week road trip vacation. This trip was one of those where we weren’t exactly sure where else we were heading after the competition so we brought our passports along just in case. The competition was one full week but daughter’s dance group only competed one day. The thing was if they ranked high enough they would then have to compete three days later at the finally event. It turned that daughter’s dance group didn’t make it into the finally so that meant we had the rest of the week to kill. With the extra time we decided to take a ferry up to Victoria, British Columbia (Canada).
On the road trip, we rested in Twin Falls, Idaho. It was July 4th, Independence Day, when we arrived in Twin Falls and got to watch fireworks from the hotel parking lot. We arrived in Astoria, Oregon the next day and stayed at a hotel right under the Astoria bridge. I was surprised at how quiet it was in our hotel. [Photos edited and framed in Insta Booth]
Another silhouette and Canon Beach. [Photos edited in VSCO Cam and framed in Insta Booth]
We drove up to Washington State, left our car, and took the ferry to Victoria. The ferry ride was about 90 minutes but it felt so much shorter…like maybe 30 minutes. Victoria was gorgeous but extremely touristy. When we first arrived, there was a Starbucks staring at us, so we headed there for drinks. We stayed two nights and two days, walking the city, and riding a carriage horse, in which the tour guide provided us with some really interesting history about the city. [Photos framed in Insta Booth – no editing]
The carriage tour guide recommended we try Roger’s chocolate so we went there after the ride. [Photos edited in VSCO Cam and framed in Insta Booth]
The family walked the streets a couple of times. Everything was pretty close so and the historical buildings made the walks enjoyable. It was fun spending Canadian money. I didn’t know they don’t use pennies or one dollar bills. [Photos edited and framed in Insta Booth]
As mentioned in an earlier post, I didn’t bring the DSLR but did bring the waterproof point and shoot. Didn’t use it much though. I think we only took five photos with it and then resorted to the camera phones. They worked out pretty good.
The family vacationed in Seaside and Astoria, Oregon (for daughter’s national dance competition) and Victoria, British Columbia (a mini trip in Canada) last week. More photos to come but for now these take my breath away.
I took these with my iPhone then edited in VSCO Cam (also available for android users). In the silhouette photos I learned that I couldn’t click at the moment my 12-year-old dancer jumped. When I did that, I ended up missing her jumps since they happened pretty fast. Instead, I clicked just a second before and that did it! It’s all about timing. It would have been easier if I had the DSLR with me but I didn’t bring it. The family was trying to travel light since this was a road trip in the Camry.
Credit: Word art used in first photo by Karla Dudley.
Last week the family went on a cruise. This was supposed to be my dad’s retirement “party” gift but a few months back we learned that he wasn’t retiring until later in the year. Nevertheless, it was still a fabulous week long vacation with 5 days on a cruise ship. Mom and Dad both enjoyed it and even wanted to know how much it would cost to live on a ship for the rest of their retirement life.
The next day, we landed in Nassau, Bahamas. Originally we were supposed to go to Grand Turk first but due to a serious storm out there, plans were changed, and Grand Turk was out of the picture.
On the 3rd day of the cruise, we went to a private island called, Half Moon Cay. The beach was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. The water was crystal clear and the sand was so soft and fine.
On the 4th day, we docked in Freeport. It was a pretty quiet place. There wasn’t really anyone on the beach we went to, plus, due to the storm that came through, there were just tons of seaweed floating on the beach so most of us didn’t go into the water much.
Just before heading back to the ship, husband accidentally scraped his foot on some coral while snorkeling. It looked pretty serious but after cleaning the mess up, it was just some pretty large scratches.
On the last day on the cruise we were out at sea so there wasn’t much excitement, except for maybe the coast guard coming in for an emergency pick-up of a passenger. There wasn’t anywhere the helicopter could land so they did everything off the side.
Later that evening, we watched our last sunset on the ship.