Why I Don’t Think the Smithsonian Museums are Worth It

When I say worth it, I mean worth the time. Not the money. Because they’re free. That’s one of the things that make them pull in more and more tourists. But if you’re time crunched and stressing out about what you can fit in, don’t try and do everything! Just don’t do the Smithsonian Museums! They may have some awesome stuff! They’re great to visit, especially for kids. But not nearly as great as other things, like the national galleries or the white house. But they bored me. They wasted the one day I had in Washington DC. Sorry if I’m…

Juggling Travel and School

Some of you (Most of you) probably know that I am only 14 years old. Barely in High School, and yet somehow I manage to travel near and far to take beautiful photos and see beautiful places. That’s because I know how to juggle travel and school. The first main thing is that you can’t be worried about visiting far away places. Sure, when you have time over times like Summer or Winter Break. But when you only have a week off school, or even a 3 day weekend, you can’t be worried about flying to Africa and going on…

Taking Advantage of Weekends to Travel

I think everyone wants to travel, in one way or another. Be free! Explore! That’s what life is about, after all. That’s what some of us live for. Of course, some of us don’t have the option of spending thousands of dollars to fly to international destinations, or go on big fancy cruises. Some of us are weighed down, either financially or by work, school, or family. This is about the some of us. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am a little bit more lucky than some of you when it comes to what I can fit in a…

Getting Up Early vs Sleeping In Late: A Traveler’s Guide

Getting up early is the best option. There are many upsides to it. You can watch the beautiful sunrise like here in Charleston. Get rid of skeptical characters and meet the local people like in San Francisco, or enjoy the peace and quiet. There are so many reasons that you shouldn’t waste precious travel time in the morning by getting your beauty sleep! I list them all here in the Top 10 Travel Tips from a Traveler. Of course, there are exceptions. If you have children, or you stayed up late the night before partying, then of course you should sleep in! But otherwise,…

Swimming in Oregon

Oregon is a great state. Full of nature and scenery, from the coast to the mountains, you can never get enough. Yesterday, I discovered 2 of the most amazing lakes I have ever been on/in. Go visit them on your next trip to Oregon! The first is Klamath Lake, near Klamath Falls. For the last 2 days of our holiday, we stayed at Point Comfort Lodge, where you got your own private cabin. Early in the morning yesterday, I grabbed the paddle board and went out on the lake for 30 minutes. This is what the lake looks like. The…

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake is a lake formed by the historic Mazama Volcano, a 12,000 ft tall mountain which erupted and then collapsed, only to form thousands of cinder cones in the valley it formed. Crater Lake is a world renowned lake, being the 9th deepest lake in the world and the clearest in North America. Crater Lake has always been on my bucket list, and yesterday we got to see it! The first thing we saw, driving from our lodge in Point Comfort, were the pinnacles. They are formed by fossilized steam, caught up in rock that is ions-old Soon, we…

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Not well documented, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is largely comprised of what once was the inside of a volcano, and includes hundreds of smaller cinder cones planted randomly across the area. The monument is a place of extreme beauty and natural history that defies what we see one a daily basis. It is a collection of volcanoes, waterfalls and hikes that mesmerize you every step of the way. Below, see the best places to see inside the National Monument. Heading to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Visitor’s Center means coming face to face with one of the larger cinder…

Mt. Hood and the Surrounding Areas

  Mt. Hood is the tallest mountain in Oregon, and an interesting one at that. With 1,600 square miles of nature surrounding it, there is no slight introduction to the mountain. It is visible from surrounding states. And how lucky are they. Leaving our stop for the previous night, we had a quick stop at Hood River waterfront on the Columbia River. Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the world, but we, unfortunately, weren’t able to go. Not that I know how. Our next stop brought us closer to Mt. Hood, where we actually stopped in the town of…

Mt. Rainier in Wildflower Season

Mt. Rainier is famed as one of the tallest mountains in the United States, one of the most accesible, and certainly one of the most beautiful. Although I have hiked Rainier before, never has it been during wildflower season, where the landscape changes dramatically and the flowers produce all colors of the rainbow. In a lucky year, the wildflower season peaks for only about 2 weeks, in late July and early August. It is important to try and make Rainier during that time, but if not then it’s fine, as the hikes are still great and you still may catch…

Reflection Lake: Photography

Reflection Lake is often famed as one of the best destinations to get perfect photos of the gigantic volcano that is Mt. Rainier. Of course I agree. I have seen many pictures of it. I haven’t necessarily taken many. Due to the haze in the area, which has been coming from the fires in both Oregon and British Columbia, visibility is completely cut off, making it impossible to see that far in the distance. As you can see, you can barely make out the mountain. We arrived in Rainier late, barely making it to sunset at Reflection Lake, which was…