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I’m trying to take a new approach to winter: if you can’t beat it, join it!  It was hella cold on Thanksgiving – like 8 degrees where we were in Connecticut.  But I figured out if I had all the right warm clothing on, a refreshing walk in the snow can really clear your head. The kids loved following a frozen stream and then whittling their found branches into walking sticks.

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the whole gang!

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the lake was starting to thaw by Saturday

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yay some sunshine!

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dreary weather but good hiking

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Zoe loves eating snow

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whittling away

and the better shots, by my husband:
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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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My husband had the brilliant idea (really, it was brilliant) to get up early and get to Watkins Glen State Park before anyone else got there.  Although I looked sleepy in photos and was exhausted by noon, it was great to walk the park before the throngs of tourists came.  The best part was: the sun hit the waterfalls in a way that created rainbows in several sections of the park.  As we descended near noon we found maddening crowds and a natural daylight that didn’t highlight the waterfalls like the early morning light had.  I’m glad we rose early!

Some info on Watkins Glen from wikipedia:

“Watkins Glen is south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State.

The centerpiece of the park is a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.

The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge.” 

Seriously isn’t this place amazing?!

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from behind the falls

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my husband getting shots

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I’m his sleepy muse at 7 a.m

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How did this year fly by so quickly? I can’t believe it’s nearly June… JUNE!!
Well we tripped out to ‘cation house again for some of the weekend – where we saw a car show and met the neighbor’s dog Kumi. The sun poked its head out for a bit so that the kids could hone their kayak rowing skills, and then we needed to get back to the city for a busy week of E&Z’s dad working days and nights. If the blog goes a little radio silent for a bit, we will be back soon after the crazy work spell is over! Meanwhile some shots from our Instagram feed:

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traffic on the Whitestone Bridge getting out of town

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a car just her size!

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Lily of the valley

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a found nest in a fallen branch

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Ezra took this great shot of Kumi the dog

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It was a crazy busy week last week of movie premiers and parent/teacher conferences. We ran off to a friend’s house in the country to enjoy the foliage but it was covered with snow by Sunday! Here are some snaps from IG of some of the highlights :

met Anthony Bourdain while at a peaceful protest in our hood!

met Anthony Bourdain while at a peaceful protest in our hood!

checked out the new movie 'Fantastic Beasts'

checked out the new movie ‘Fantastic Beasts’

so warm outside on Saturday..

so warm outside on Saturday..

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suddenly crazy snowy by Sunday!

suddenly crazy snowy by Sunday!

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We had shakshuka in the sukkah at cousin Stephanie’s house. What a treat! I do love this holiday and eating outdoors for what feels like the last days before the real bitter cold comes around. We feasted outdoors for lunch as well before hiking around Rock Creek National Park a bit. I guess I didn’t realize how many friends and neighbors can build sukkahs in their yards when you live in the suburbs. In the city I’d grown accustomed to just visiting common sukkahs in synagogues or if an apartment building was fortunate enough to have large garden space. And of course what’s best of all is getting to see cousins again for the weekend.

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hooray for cousins!Zoe already pouting about going home ;(

hooray for cousins!Zoe already pouting about going home ;(

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