exploring part II: into the caves

foggydress_caves1foggydress_caves5Caves are cool (pun intended) getaways to hot, dry dessert days. The first cave we explored was an ice cave…I guess this used to be the perfect place for travelers and pioneers to store their food, since the ice never fully melted.

foggydress_caves The rock inside this cave was absolutely gorgeous!foggydress_caves4foggydress_caves6foggydress_caves2We dived into several caves…don’t forget your flashlight!foggydress_caves8
foggydress_caves7 This last cave we explored was damp and dark. What happened was, long ago hot lava used to run through tubes of an ancient volcano. What’s been left behind are these dark, endless caves formed in volcanic rock. IMG_1663foggydress_caves9Even with a flashlight, you couldn’t see much! My little nieces and nephews were beside themselves with excitement…not even as scared as I was…foggydress_caves11foggydress_caves12foggydress_caves13 Hope you’re having lots of explorations wherever you are!   ~hugs, hanalei

exploring: the wild west

foggydress_ww We’ve been on the road for the past few days, and now we’re staying at my husband’s family’s cabin in Utah, aka the wild wild west.
foggydress_ww8foggydress_ww2foggydress_ww7This ^^ was my babe’s #OOTD. He is so cute when he gets into his wilderness gear!foggydress_ww9foggydress_ww23foggydress_ww4foggydress_ww5foggydress_ww6We are hiking, sliding, and sweating our way to the 4th of July. My sister in-law & family are staying at the cabin too. She is adventurous and smart and has adorable 1/4 Asian kiddos. I love them.

Independence Day is one of my favorite American holidays. No matter where in the world I am on that day, I recognize the freedoms my country (no matter how imperfect) affords me. I can’t wait for the fireworks!