15 December 2010

To the “Valley Isle”

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Long before finding ourselves living on the West Coast, we’d been discussing the idea of visiting places along the Pacific Rim. It wasn’t very long after we moved into our Seattle apartment that we started thinking of destinations to try. It turned out that our first excursion was Maui. Our eleven […]

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14 June 2010

Over Tioga and Through Yosemite

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We’ve known for a few days now that we’d be heading to the family reunion in Denver via the California Zephyr, but it wasn’t until late last night that we decided to take a different route to get us closer to Sacramento, opting to make an entire day out of […]

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1 May 2010

So Long, Yosemite

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Time’s up for us here in Yosemite—but only for now. We’ll meet again. Honestly, what can be said of all the splendor here that hasn’t already been uttered? John Muir put it best: It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted […]

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30 April 2010

Seven Days, Four Seasons

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We’ve had ourselves some dramatic weather swings here in Yosemite, experiencing multiple seasons in a single 96-hour period. We arrived to a granite valley lit up by a bright and warm sun, followed by temperatures that cooled fairly significantly by the next morning. That by itself is pretty standard fare […]

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28 April 2010

Ahwahnee Hotel

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A steady rain mixed with hail and our seriously sore muscles gave us a chance to check out Yosemite’s famous Ahwahnee Hotel, and are we ever glad we did. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and we spent the better part of the late afternoon and early evening sitting by one of its […]

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26 April 2010

Hiking Vernal & Nevada Falls

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What a day! Two years and two days into this lifestyle . . . and nothing could have prepared us for the sights and sounds we experienced today. We woke to some gloriously blue skies this morning and knew right away that we’d be spending as many hours as possible […]

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25 April 2010

Celebrating Two Years in Yosemite

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Words fail to truly capture just how amazing it is to pull around the corner and see Half Dome for the very first time! We’ve been reading so much John Muir this year—it really felt so “right” to enter the grand Yosemite Valley! After a longer-than-expected stay in Arizona’s McDowell […]

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17 February 2010

Death Valley Neighbors

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When we first pulled in to Stovepipe Wells campground, we immediately looked at each other and thought, “Is this giant mud pit the campground? Or did we miss a turn?!?” It looked like a “Mad Max” set! There were no actual campsites, just one big pit of mud and dust! […]

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