Honeymoon: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

^^ Our accommodations while on our 3 day jungle trek.

^^ Waterfall in the jungle

^^ Our awesome jungle trek crew.... so much fun meeting people from all around the world!

^^ On the last day of our trek, we got to ride the elephants! It was so fun!

^^ We made it back to our hotel safe and sound after our trek and had to go find some yummy local Thai food. Evan loved his pineapple fried rice!

Our second stop on our honeymoon in Thailand was Chiang Mai, in the northern region of the country.  We decided to do a jungle trek while we were there. It was 3 days of hiking in the jungle from village to village. At the end of each day we would stop at a hillside village and stay in there with the locals. There was no electricity and the huts we slept in were hard wood floors with a sleeping bag, mosquito net, and very small pillow. It was a really cool experience to be there and see how these hill tribe villages live, but I have to say, it was pretty rough. It really makes you appreciate all the luxuries we have including a toilet! The bathrooms up in the villages were basically a porcelain hole on the ground that you had to squat over. And when you were done, there was a bucket of water next to the hole that you would scoop water from and pour it down the hole to "flush". Yea.... interesting!
In the first village we stayed in, they invited us into the main hut to watch them cook dinner. This was such a cool thing to watch!  And the food was AMAZING!
On the second day, we hiked to our camp which was located on the edge of a beautiful waterfall (pics above). Once we got settled into our huts, we all decided to put on our bathing suits and take a dip in the waterfall. This was very exciting for us cause we hadn't showered the whole time out in the jungle and it was so hot all day hiking. We took shampoo and soap with us and bathed in the waterfall.
The next morning, we woke up and did the final leg of the hike down to the elephants! We all paired up and got onto the elephants. SOOO FUN! We bought bundles of bananas to feed the ellies (that's what I call them!) while we went out on the trail. It was really cool to see these amazing animals cause they are just so giant!
All in all, it was a good experience and I would suggest it to people seeking an adventure. Just be prepared for a rough few days of difficult hikes, crazy weather, and interesting accommodations. :)
Its no luxury experience, but very cultural! OH and take lots of bug spray!

After arriving back at our hotel (which was very luxurious and beautiful), we decided that we just wanted to lay by the pool and sip on cocktails all day, which is what we did! Then at night, we went into town to get some delicious food and explore the night market. 

Chiang Mai was a very cool place to see! I would say it was one of my fav places we went to on our trip. 

Next stop: Siem Reap, Cambodia!


Honeymoon: Bangkok, Thailand

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

^^ Temples outside of Bangkok. Everything was gold, I was in heaven!!

^^ We were showed around town by TukTuk. So much fun!

^^ Enjoying a cocktail at one of the many rooftop bars in the middle of Bangkok.


^^ Look at how massive that cat is!? I'm not gunna lie, it was a little scary!

^^ The little babies climbed on Evan like he was a jungle gym, so cute!

We went on our Honeymoon to the beautiful Thailand and Cambodia for 2 1/2 weeks. We saw some amazing sites, did a ton of incredible things, and saw so much culture all around.

Our first stop while we were there was Bangkok. It was...... crazy! The hustle and bustle of the city was like being in New York x10. We got out of the city a bit and explored so beautiful temples including the tallest standing Buddha and the famous reclining Buddha. Its amazing to see all the detail in these sites. Everything in each temple is so GRAND and beautiful with so much culture behind every bit of it. Tons of gold, which of course I LOVED  cause its my fav color. :)
We travelled from temple to temple by Tuktuk, a small motorized, open air cart that zooms through traffic! (The driving there was super scary btw!)

After a long day of exploring temples, eating some delicious Thai food, and riding around in the Tuktuk seeing the city, we decided to head to one of the famous rooftop bars. The view of the city from 70 floors up was incredible! We saw all the bright lights and even a lightening storm off in the distance as we sipped on our cocktails. Great way to end the day/evening!

Next up was the Tiger Temple outside of Bangkok. I know I keep saying everything was "amazing" or "incredible" but there are no other words to describe this adventure! The tigers were so majestic and huge! It was shocking to walk up to that big of an animal and pet it. Unreal! They were very sleepy when we were there because it was a million degrees, afternoon, and they had eaten just before they brought them out. 
It was so awesome to see how these big cats interact with the monks who take care and raise them. The monks play with them as if they were a puppy at your house, pushing their giant paws around, messing with their face and ears (in a very playful way), its crazy! And the tigers just lay with their heads in the monks lap and just hang out.
After we were done hanging with the big tigers (petting them, taking pics, walking them on the leash), we signed up to play with the babies. They were sooooo cute and very sleepy! Once they woke up and finally got some energy, they started making all kinds of noises, climbing all over my husband as if he were a jungle gym, and playing around. It was fun to play around with them. We also got to feed them, which was so so fun. They were just like a baby, laying in my arms, drinking the milk from a little bottle. So cute!

Bangkok was just the start of this amazing adventure we had but what a way to start!!!
Next stop: CHIANG MAI! 



Monday, July 22, 2013

My Bachelorette party with these beauties!
We went to Vegas and my girls got these super cute hats made for all of us to wear at the pool party, mine said "Bride" and theirs all said "Kara's Bachelorette Party". They were so cute and made it easy to spot all of us so no one got lost in the crowds.

The weekend before the wedding, the fam travelled up to Humboldt to celebrate my brother's college graduation. It was such a great weekend with everyone together and I am so very proud of my little brother for all his hard work!

Rehearsal Dinner fun with my family.

I married my best friend on May 25, 2013. It was the perfect day with family and friends!
Collage from the lovely Aimee Takumi :)

4th of July nails!

Beautiful sunset in Palm Springs, 4th of July weekend to celebrate the beautiful Jessica Humphreys birthday! So much fun!

We went to Seattle last week to visit the in-laws and celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday.
This pic is from the awesome dinner we had at The Crab Pot. How cute is my mother-in-law!?

Got to play with this adorable pup while visiting in Seattle.
This is Lilly, our puppy-niece (Evan's brothers dog). She is too stinkin' cute!

Beautiful summer day in Seattle!


Im Back!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

So after being MIA for the last 2 months, I'm finally back and MARRIED!
Sorry for the lack of posts lately but I just got crazy busy with the final few weeks before my wedding and then left for my honeymoon for a few weeks. Now I am back home and settled into married life, even though our summer is still crazy packed with events and travel. But I'm not complaining, lots of super fun things to do! Yay!!