california, Camping, Museums, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Vacation

Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

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Chicago Art, Culture, and Fun

Welcome to my final post in my Chicago! series 2019. There is no shortage of amusements when staying in the Windy City, and I'll share just a few of the ones we were able to do in our five-day adventure. Chicago River Architecture tours- multiple vendors, $31 and up- A great way to hear about… Continue reading Chicago Art, Culture, and Fun

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Chicago!

Like last year, we spent the Fourth of July week not together as a family.  The kids all headed to the Sequoias for junior high and high school church camp. So that left us adults with some 'free' time. We took advantage of it and headed to Chicago, where the husband has been commuting to… Continue reading Chicago!

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Nestled in the Inyo National Forest not far from the California-Nevada border and the Eastern Sierras grow the ancient bristlecone pines. In the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, these Pinus longaeva trees grow in the harsh nutrient-poor, dolomite-rich soil, along with limber pines. The ancient bristlecones have stood the test of time and are some of the oldest… Continue reading Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of Caution

Move over super bloom. After about 12 consecutive weeks of hiking the trail leading to Henninger Flats above Altadena, CA, I have a nice collection of photos to share. The unusually wet rainy season has given us some spectacular wildflowers even on a sun-drenched trail as the days have been getting warmer. I have very… Continue reading Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of Caution