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There was a weekend day that was just too hot… like ‘don’t know how to walk outside’ kind of hot.  We convinced the kids to get into our air conditioned car and drove to the city – it was that hot.  And we spent the day indoors at The Met, where the kids love the Revolutionary War paintings and floor of knights’ armor. But currently there’s an interesting show on display called Heavenly Bodies and The Catholic Imagination – a thoroughly engaging show featuring couture fashion that’s been inspired by the Catholic church in some way, shape or form. There are vestments donated by the Pope that are shown in the basement as well, but we weren’t allowed to photograph those. Zoe and I loved the more modern homages to religious life upstairs anyhow: the Dolce and Gabbana collection of nun-like black dresses, and of course who wouldn’t marvel at a set of paper-thin wood wings? And the environment (the Met’s room of Renaissance and Medieval religious art) couldn’t be more perfect, especially with choir music piped in.  We were transformed out of the (heat wave) hell outside, that’s for sure.

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Ok I’m skewing the truth a bit here with this blog title because … this site really ISN’T the home of Harriet Tubman.  But it was a place of historic significance and damn!  Harriet Tubman is so fascinating!  Did you know she not only escaped slavery but then returned to help many other slaves get to freedom?  I think most of us know that but… did you know she ALSO fought in the civil war, and married a man 20+ years her junior?  While I was away for a work retreat, our team took a little field trip to this gorgeous architectural homage to Harriet Tubman.  Even the grounds are peaceful and introspective, and the modern exhibits indoors are a fully immersive experience where the songs/prayers/sounds of slavery and civil war surround you as you walk through the visitor center.  If you get to the Chesapeake Maryland area, you should check it out:

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I have no idea how I forgot to post these pix of our trip to this amazing museum in San Francisco.  We got a rainy day on the last day of our trip and this location was just the right dose of fun for older and younger kids.  The claymation studio kept Ezra occupied and of course Zoe loves to draw and make movies (and a music video studio!) as well.  My favorite room was a space where kids could scan their car, building and truck drawings and then see them come to life in a ‘city’ projected all around the room!

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projecting moving fish on to a sandbox.. makes it come to life!

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we always love constructing with these foam blocks

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making clay characters for movie making

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and .. action!

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I LOVE this room where the kids’ drawings come to life on the walls!

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Ezra programs a bot to move around a maze

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learning some coding

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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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While in Boston during President’s Day, we had to check out the next nearest presidential library of course. This sun filled atrium was designed by IM Pei (who did the World Trade Center and the glass pyramid at the Louvre – is still alive and working at age 100, and his son’s office is upstairs from where I work.) Aside from the amazing view and architecture, the library is filled with letters and political cartoons as well as Jacqueline’s elegant things. Zoe very quickly got hooked to Jackie as you can see ..

Have a great weekend everyone!

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