Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Genographic Project 2.0

Dr. Spencer Wells
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells and team designed Geno 2.0 based on the new technologies and insights that emerged since the launch of the Genographic Project in 2005. Using an exclusive, custom-built genotyping chip, we test nearly 150,000 DNA markers that have been specifically selected to provide unprecedented ancestry-related information.”
That sounds amazing. Like out of this world technology that I’d love to get my hands on. But the packet costs two hundred dollars and you have to be eighteen or older to purchase. I’m not eighteen. I really want to learn about my ancestry and where I come from. I know I have ancestors from Italy, Germany, Norway, and God knows where else. So I’m assuming that it’s safe to say that I’m mostly of European descent, which makes sense because Italy, Germany, and Norway are in Europe.

The package that you purchase to become part of the project
I don’t want to learn about my ancestors for the sake of knowing. I want to know their names, where they lived, why the migrated the way they did, why they came to Ellis Island (if any of them did). I want to know everything that there is possible to know. It is something that I think about a lot of the time. If I took this test (which is a long cotton q-tip with cheek spit) hypothetically, the results would be surprising. But that is why I want to do this. I want the surprises.

This test would give me the basic answers that I’m looking for: Where do my ancestors come from? Of course, I would need to find out all my other questions at some other place because the cheek spit test doesn’t tell you names, it just tells you where. But for each location that your ancestors belong
ed to, it’ll tell you the percentage. So for example, you could have 25% ancestry from Africa or 6% from Mexico or any percentage from ANYWHERE. That percentage is called your “genome” and with percentages, once you add them up, they’ll equal one hundred, hopefully.

Learning about my ancestry is a secret passion that I have. And hopefully one day I’ll be able to purchase that package, and my parents will each purchase a packet too. Then I’d embark on a journey of nothing like ever before.
What you'd view on your computer once you get the results back


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I'm a Horrible Blogger

Today is my blogversary. Meaning that this is the day of me having my blog for 5 years. In fact, here's my very first post! In all that time, I've been writing my posts sometimes months apart. And the blogs I go visit, don't get me started! I barely visit any of them anymore and I feel horrible. I always say that I have too much homework or that I'm too busy. Even though there were times I did have too much homework, it was actually laziness that prevented me from being a more active blogger. Being a blogger shouldn't be about how many comments you get on a post or if anyone actually reads them. It should be about putting what you believe, and writing about things that you like to do into this white square and not being afraid of what anyone thinks if a person happens to read the post. Blogging should be about commenting on other people's blog posts to create a friendly neighborhood of bloggers.

So I am going to practice what I preach. I'm going to make a serious, honest to God effort to write more posts this summer (different story for when I get into college) and comment on other people's blog posts. Let the posting and commenting begin!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Vacation 2012 Day 7

The day my family and I left Forks, Wa was the 17th of August. We had to get up early in the morning in order to make it back into town in time; it was nearly a 8 to 9 hour drive (depending on how many times your family has to stop and use the bathroom). So the following pictures are of the cabin we stayed in a forest fire in some city.

The cabin we stayed in at Three Rivers Resort; Forks, Wa

Fire on the mountain; Indian John Hill rest area

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer Vacation 2012 Day 6

On the 16th, of August 2012 was our second to last day of vacation and we wanted to make it a good one. So after a warm cup of coffee in the morning, we got the car loaded with food and we were ready to go. First we went to Fourth Beach, along the Washington Coast and then we drove a little further down Highway 101 to Kalaloch Beach. Here are pictures from that day!

Sun coming through the trees; Beach 4

Part of the bridge that you need to cross to get to the beach; Beach 4

Wave crashing against the huge rock in the ocean; Beach 4

Gazebo and tree; Kalaloch Beach

Fence making a leading line, and one of my favs; Kalaloch Beach

A corgi chasing a yellow lab chasing a stick; Kalaloch Beach

These might be sandpipers eating bugs in the sand; Kalaloch Beach