Sunday, August 30, 2015

Late Afternoon at Snowbird

Inky @ Snowbird!

Where do you think I went my second day in Utah? At the recommendation of many friends, I went with my Mama and our friends to Snowbird! Snowbird is a resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City.  I was so, so excited to go because we got to ride the tram up the mountain! In this photo, you can see the resort behind me as we climbed higher and higher.

Inky @ Snowbird!

The tram operator let me climb up on the ledge to look down as we rode higher up the mountain. It was so cool! I could see the Alpine Slide and Alpine Rollercoaster as we soared up the mountain.

Inky @ Snowbird!

When we reached the top, we saw that there was a lot of construction happening! They are building a restaurant at the top of the tramway.  I had some time to walk around before taking the tram back down to the resort.  It was so beautiful! I love the beach back at home, but I think I'm a mountain girl at heart.

Inky @ Snowbird!

The mountains are so beautiful! I'm so glad I got the chance to come back to Utah. I have visited many times, but it had been a few years since I had the opportunity to visit.   It was wonderful to be so high up!

Inky @ Snowbird!

Before long, it was time to go back down to the resort on the tram.  We had a delicious Mexican meal at the resort.  I had a quesadilla and root beer. Yum! I had a great day.  I had been on a little funicular in Ukraine several years ago, but nothing like this awesome tram!

Have you ever ridden a tram? Was it fun? Or were you scared?

In this post I'm wearing: shirt by Sparrow & Wren Mercantile, pants and boots by American Girl.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hiking in Ferguson Canyon

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

Hello my friends! Last week I had the opportunity to take a trip to sunny Utah with my Mama while my Mom was away at a work conference. I hadn't been to Utah in years, so I was looking forward to it.  The plane ride to Salt Lake City was really nice; the plane had in-seat entertainment, so I watched Big Hero 6 and munched on some coconut cashews.  Mama and I arrived in Utah late at night, so I went right to bed when I arrived where we were staying. The next morning though, it was time for some fun!

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

My first day's activity was hiking in Ferguson Canyon! It was pretty hot that day, but as we drove higher in elevation, it got cooler.  I was so excited to do some hiking as I hadn't since my family's big Costa Rica trip in December. I wore my pink hiking boots and got ready to scramble up the trail.  Hurrah!

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

The trail leads up from the trailhead parking lot past some water towers and then up, up, and up! I jumped from rock to rock.  Luckily Mama carried my water bottle for me, so I was able to use my hands to help pull myself up the steep trail.  I saw some rustling in the bushes; I think there might have been a lizard or a bunny!

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

We stopped for a rest at a little spring.  I was so excited to see it that I splashed right in, boots and all! It was so cold! My feet were definitely shivering after that! It felt good though, since the air was so warm.

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

I kept asking Mama to stop and take pictures of me because I was so excited to be out in the wilderness!  At the beginning of the trail I could look down into the neighborhood below, but as we walked farther, the sound of cars quieted and I only heard the breeze rustling through the leaves.

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

I was pretty tired from my travels the day before, so we didn't hike the whole trail. We stopped at some little cliffs for a string cheese and a granola bar.  After I finished my snack, I played in the little clefts in the small cliffs.  I thought it might be fun to be a prospector! What if I discovered a huge gold or copper nugget? Cool!

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

I loved playing in the sunshine! The rocks were so big and fun to climb.  It felt great to be out of the heat of New York City and up in the mountains.

Inky in Ferguson Canyon

Before long, it was time to head out of the canyon and back to the car.  Ferguson Canyon was so fun! It was a great way to start off my vacation.

Have you ever been on a hike? Where did you go? Did you see any wildlife?

In this post I'm wearing: shorts and boots by American Girl, tee by American Girl with a decal from the internet.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Moon Viewing with Miko!

Full Moon Viewing!

Hello my friends! Today I'm writing about a special celebration called Tsukimi, or Moon Viewing. It's a Japanese festival that is usually celebrated in the fall. However, because my Japanese friend Miko celebrates the holiday with her family in the fall, she decided to come over in the summer to teach me about it. I was really excited! It was the perfect chance to use my new telescope for the first time and to try some treats Miko's mom had made.

Full Moon Viewing!

Besides being a wonderful dancer, Miko is also very interested in space! She helped me get my telescope ready to look at the moon.

Full Moon Viewing!

Once Miko had the telescope ready, we looked at the moon just as it began to get dark.  It was round and full- in fact, it was a blue moon! A blue moon is what happens when there are two full moons in a month.  July 2015 was very special to have a blue moon.  I was really happy Miko came to celebrate the blue moon with me! Of course neither one of us thought to take a photo of the moon! I had wanted to do that to show that the blue moon isn't actually the color blue. Oops!

Full Moon Viewing!

Miko is part Japanese and along with her family's special treats, she brought over a Japanese flag!  Isn't it pretty?

Full Moon Viewing!

My Mama wanted us to come inside and have our moon viewing treats, but Miko and I decided (well, I decided and enlisted Miko) to drag a table out to the courtyard and have our treats there.  I think it was a good idea, even though the table was pretty heavy.

Full Moon Viewing!

I got out my special tea set that my friend Zoya Yumiko brought me from Japan.  I was supposed to make green tea, but I didn't have any. I made cherry blossom black tea instead, which was still tasty. Yum! Isn't the tea set pretty? Miko loves Hello Kitty so she was really pleased to use my tea set.

Full Moon Viewing!

And here are the tastiest, cutest treats ever! These are a Japanese treat called usagi manju, or bunny manju.  Miko's mom is an excellent treat-maker and these manju were so delicious! They are round like the full moon! Did you know that Japanese traditionally do not see a "man in the moon," but rather bunnies pounding mochi? Cool!

Full Moon Viewing!

The little bunnies and cherry blossom tea were so tasty. I'm really glad Miko came and taught me more about moon viewing. Doesn't the bunny manju look cute in Miko's hand?

Full Moon Viewing!

Miko is a really sweet friend to celebrate with me.  I was especially grateful as my Mom was away in Europe, so my Mama and I were at home all by ourselves! It was nice to have Miko come by and spend time with me.  She is so nice!

Have you every celebrated a holiday or celebration from a culture other than your own? What did you celebrate? Let me know in the comments!



In this post I'm wearing: v-neck tee by Sparrow & Wren Mercantile; shorts, shoes, and hair ties by American Girl.

In this post Miko's wearing:  white cardi by Olivia & Atticus; shirt by Royal Doll Boutique; earrings by 2SistersSewCrafty; shorts and shoes by Liberty Jane Clothing.
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