Vegas -> Disneyland via Death Valley

This past summer my husband and I took a very eccentric vacation that I’m still not sure how I feel about. We flew into Las Vegas for one night and spent the following day driving through Death Valley to Disneyland. We spent a few days in Disneyland, and then drove back to Las Vegas where we spent another couple of days before returning home. I am so thankful we got to experience this trip that included my favorite part of the trip, Death Valley.

On our multiple hour trip through Death Valley I couldn’t help but think about how beautiful everything looked. The juxtaposition of the arid desert against the mountain range had me awe struck. There was nothing around for miles yet I still could sense life all around me in the bareness; it was just a different form of life than most people are use to.

Here are some pictures that I took along the way to document this unique trip.

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Bye Vegas!
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Death Valley
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Badwater Basin

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Goodnight Paradise Pier

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Aria- Jean Philippe Edible Chocolate Display
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Wynn- Carousel made entirely from flowers.

“Some people look at the desert and see nothing, yet a blind person could smell it and have the greatest vision of all.”

Safe travels!

xox

Tanka

Vegas -> Disneyland via Death Valley

A Magical Holiday

The holidays for my husband and I don’t really “officially” start until we have taken our annual trip to Disney. We started this tradition a few years ago and have been fortunate enough to stick with it thus far. We typically spend the first weekend of December in Disney taking in the holiday festivities that surround us.

Our first stop this year was EPCOT, and the main reason for the trip but more on that later. During the day, each of the country’s spin their tale on what the holidays mean to them. Some of our favorite shows include Norway’s “Sigrid and Julenissen,” Italy’s “La Befana,” United Kingdom’s “Father Christmas,” and last but certainly not least, America’s “Candlelight Processional,” the main reason for our trip.

My husband and I are very religious and we love America’s “Candlelight Processional” because it takes us through the story of Jesus with a guest speaker (our guest speaker this year was Robby Benson, the voice of Beast in Beauty and the Beast) and an amazing choir and orchestra. It really puts us in the holiday spirit and brings us back to the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ.

Take a look at some of the pictures I took around EPCOT and our Christmas card that we sent out.

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Candlelight Processional

 

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Our Christmas card for the season.

 

Happy Holidays!

xox,

Tanka

A Magical Holiday

Bonaire

I am so excited to finally be able to share with you my first installment under my Travel series; let’s talk Bonaire.

Bonaire is part of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) located off the northern coast of South America. Before going to Bonaire two years ago on my honeymoon, I had never heard of it. It was one of our stops on our cruise to the southern Caribbean visiting three other islands on the way. When we arrived I was pleasantly surprised.

Bonaire is not an island that is built up like other islands to appeal to tourists. Their primary focus is on their underwater community that consists of different species of animals and coral reef, and stretches over 6,000 acres. It’s practically in pristine condition since it has been protected by STINAPA since 1979. No wonder this little island is considered a diver’s paradise. If your not into scuba diving or snorkeling, there isn’t much of anything else to do but that’s what makes this island so mysterious and intriguing at the same time.

Bonaire has quickly become my absolute favorite island in the Caribbean. Here are some personal pictures of both of my trips to Bonaire in 2015 so you can fall in love with this tiny, Caribbean island just as hard as I did.

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Bonaire