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and probably a lot of $$$ as well, but well worth it!  We came in and flew out of San Fran, and built in a couple days to walk around the city and explore.  We couldn’t get enough of the boisterous sea lions who took over a few docks by Fisherman’s Wharf.  And those trees…. those stunning, twisty California trees:

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Golden Gate Bridge shots, of course

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sleepy little jet lagged peanut!

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Dad and Zoe in Hotel Zoe

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Sea Lions crowding the docks by Fisherman’s Wharf!

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some nature posing again, this time at Presidio

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I finally got around to seeing a National Park on the west coast!  Yosemite is more amazing in person than in pictures, but here’s a try at showing it in photos.  We hiked for up to 4-6 hours a day (some of us more than others) and got great weather.  We slept great after long hikes uphill, and enjoyed 78 degree days and cooler nights.  We enjoyed all this for a couple days with cousins Jake and Tali, and then finished the ‘rural’ leg of our tour with a brief bout of fishing at Sierra National Forest/Bass Lake area.  The air here is sooooo clean!  I felt headache-free for a week!

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the drive between Santa Rosa and Yosemite area … wildflowers on hills

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John Muir was here!

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El Capitan is so impressive in person

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waterfalls waterfalls everywhere!

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fresh air hiking with cousins

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Ezra under a rainbow at Vernal Falls/Nevada Falls mist trail

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Gone fishing at Bass Lake Sierra Natl Park

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Hi all.  We had a lovely Passover/Spring Break week in a redwood forest!  I love an outdoor seder … but this one just takes the cake.  We worked up an appetite hiking around a bit on Uncle Stan’s favorite path, then returned to food in the most beautiful woods.  In the days following, we explored beautiful Santa Rosa and saw the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and took in all the gorgeous California foliage we could.  I hope you had a lovely spring week as well!

 

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Isn’t it nice that Passover and Easter are coinciding again?  We are away from our ‘alley egg hunt’ this year, so I’ll miss creating bunny prints – but back soon with photos from this amazing season of renewal.  Enjoy and Peace, Paz, Pax, Happy Passover, Buona Pasqua to all…

 

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I’d forgotten to post some pix from our synagogue’s Purim Carnival… always a fun event, and colorful in that the kids get to make their masks and costumes and nosh on jam filled hamantaschen. Enjoy some pix of one of the Jewish Holidays that – at least in this year -seems to usher in spring!

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Some believe we should all pray to solve this, and others realize that these kids will be voting age soon. The future looks bright –

Hopefully the voices of all of the nation’s students will be heard and meaningful action can be taken to insure that all of our children, teachers and school staff are safe when they go about the business of educating the youth of our country.

from Ezra’s school newsletter this month –
Students Stand United Against Gun Violence
In an action of solidarity with students across the nation, Renaissance high school students staged a peaceful walk-out to protest the lax gun control laws which many feel have played a part in the number of violent gun incidents, especially in schools. The walk-out on Wednesday marked the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, and our students were joined by teachers, as well as staff from the offices of Councilmember Dromm and Senator Peralta. Students took part in a number of other actions prior to the march, including participating in a Town Hall with Mayor De Blasio and attending a press conference that Congressman Joseph Crowley held at Renaissance the day before the march (he followed this up with a post on Facebook!).

Students Loren Francione and Nico Cortez spoke eloquently about the desire of students to feel safe and their hopes that there will be better gun laws soon. Read their statements HERE.

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photos from renaissancecharter.org newsletter

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Via our Instagram feed…if you haven’t already seen it:

We had a shockingly warm day in late Feb that had us hopeful – grilling outdoors mid-winter is pretty great:
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-But then there was more of this lovely view from our front window, happening more frequently now:
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Relying on the goings on in our hood to entertain the kids, like this super fun ‘Drag Queen Story Hour‘ that packed the house at the local library:
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And of course my husband has another great show up, and I help him out when we don’t have a ladder (this pix caught by bystander Ezra) :
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Hope you are having a fun late winter as well!

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