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JUNE LAKE

4/17/15

Activity: June Lake  Location: June Lake, CA

The first thing I noticed about June Lake was how beautiful and teal the water was. These pictures don't do it justice, this water was amazing. I really think you can get lucky with photos depending on the time of year, day and how the lighting is when you go. Either way, just pulling up to park you just see this richly teal water in the distance with mountains as the back drop. Stunning. People like to come here to fish, swim, picnic, take photos and relax. If you're really prepared, you can canoe or kayak!

Kylie and I stopped at June Lake to check it out with our husbands as we were exploring between Bishop and Mammoth. We hung some hammocks and ate muddy buddies as we swung together. It was cold and windy so I was sure to snuggle up in Kylie's poler nap sack. That thing is so dang funny I could not stop laughing! I've seen her wear it a lot and just had to see what it was all about. And man, I did not want to give it back! It was so silly but incredibly practical! I felt as if I should be in character, so I played up the part and acted like a fat marshmallow polar bear haha, while Kylie was my wild child gypsy girl. It was a good time chatting on the beach and relaxing before we returned to our campsite.

What are your plans this weekend?


LIFE IS FULL OF LEMONS

4/14/15


When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

I felt like writing this today because I understand there can be mis-conceptions with how we interpret or view other people's lives by how they are portrayed on instagram or blogs. Nothing triggered this post that made me feel the need to rant. I just sat down to blog today and these are the words that kept coming to the surface of my mind, so I thought I would pour them out. Perhaps I am writing this just for you.

Life is not always what it may appear to be. Despite our common knowledge of this concept, it can still be tricky to accept. My sisters and I live very normal lives, just as many of you do. Our passion for travel and adventure lives within each of our souls and drives the kind of lives we choose to live, which is what we like to share with all of you. We work hard to achieve the things we do and encourage others to do the same. But we most certainly are just three girls, three sisters, and three friends. We are employees, mothers,  entrepreneurs, wives, daughters and sisters. 

We are human.

We live the daily ups and downs with relationships, finances, friends, jobs and health just like you do. Life is not meant to be perfect, it is not meant to be all flowers. It is meant to be hard. It is meant to help us grow and become better people. It is meant for us to experience trials, sickness, heart ache and even loss. But most of all, it is meant to make us strong and to help us shine. Because without hard things, we would not be able to appreciate the good. Opposition in all things creates a balance we as human beings need.

I'm still not really sure what drove me to write this today, as it wasn't on my mind at all until I sat down. But I know it is something we can all be reminded of, including myself. Life is beautiful. We can all work harder on seeing the good in others and we here at Traveling Triplets strive for just that. Creating a positive space to share adventure, travel and love. We hope you all know that and can feel that as we are genuine in what we portray here on the world wide web. Thank you for sticking around, and I hope you have a wonderful day! Now go make some lemonade :)


CAMPING REALITIES

3/30/15

 
A few weeks ago Ky and I went camping in Alabama Hills. It's where the mountains meet the desert and it's pretty dang awesome. Camping is a our thang if ya know what I mean, but with camping comes unexpected and often time, humorous events.

Chase and I showed up at the campsite around 10:30 at night. That's the norm for us since we work the normal 8-5 type of jobs. We are known to arrive at camp once the sun is already asleep. The great thing about showing up during the night is that we had two adorable cosmo people to greet us! And I'm not talking about the beautiful starry night ;). Ky and Spence were dressed in their cosmo onesie jumpsuits just roaming around haha, it was the funniest thing ever! But I must admit, they are dang comfy and perfect for keeping you warm over other layers of clothes.

After we exchanged hellos Chase started setting up our tent. Except, our tent wasn't exactly a tent. We forgot the poles! At first I thought Chase was kidding, but I quickly read by his tone that this was not a joke! And to top it off, our pump didn't fit our mattress pad (hah). Tricks on us!

Chase and I had a lovely night sleeping on a collapsed tent with only a blanket and tarp between us and the dirt. We kept another blanket on the top of us and thankfully the desert wasn't too cold that night. Oh, and a little critter which I suspect was a coyote decided to walk on top of me and sniff my head nice and good. Yes, TERRIFYING! It woke me up and all I could do was stay very still tight in my sleeping bag and pray for mercy. At first I thought it was a dream, but once I was awake and heard it sniffing around my head and sleeping bag I knew it was real! Chase still doesn't believe me, but I'm telling you people, it happened! Bunnies and rodents don't sniff that loud or weigh enough to wake up a deep sleeper like me. Lets just say it was a night to remember. Waking up alive has never felt so good. Even with a terrible back ache :).




GREAT HIKES IN IDAHO

3/23/15

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Destination: Skein and Raft Lake / Location: Cascade, Idaho / Activity: Hiking and Swimming

Although Spring has just sprung, we're already lacing up our hiking boots for early Spring conditions. Cascade is our home away from our home since forever. Our family cabin is there, and we've grown up trekking these forests and snooping around the woods on foot. One of our long-time favorite hiking trails is to Skein Lake, and if you go just a little further up the trail you'll find Raft Lake. Both are frigid -- both are incredibly rejuvenating and gorgeous.

There is a small parking area at the trailhead to leave your car and belongings. You're definitely going to want to bring the furry friend pups along for the fun, as it's definitely pet-friendly. It's a super easy low-grade 1-1.5 mile hike, so if you want to bring the kids along too this is the place to do it all! 




HAPPY SPRING!

3/20/15

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Welcome Spring! It's officially here! The Spring equinox has arrived and now we can start springing around because that's what you do when the flowers are in bloom and the skies are blue and the grass is a little greener. Huck the pup is pouncing! Must be something in the air.


CALIFORNIA SUNSHINE

3/19/15

 

Nothing helps me relax more when getting home from work then putting on a swimmy and heading to the beach! Even though these winter months have given me but moments of sunlight once I arrive, the sunsets never cease to amaze me. Some nights they are purple, others they are pink, but mostly they're orange and red with a beautiful glow. If you're lucky you may even see the green flash :). I love you California and all your beautiful sunshine! What helps you unwind?


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