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Wow .. I must admit, this part of our trip just blew my mind.  It reminded me of when I’ve traveled to less touristed rural areas of India (which I love!)  And frankly if we had more time,  we could’ve hiked around and found so much more.  But it’s a lot of terrain to cover.  It was amazing to learn that Bedouin communities still live in these caves – and the erosion of the stone around here is so beautiful; revealing so many differing colors of minerals.  At first it seemed crowded with tourists but then after hiking around for hours, I had moved beyond the ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ feeling and this mystical place took on a whole new meaning of its own.

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glorious Treasury at Petra!

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People do still live here in the caves

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camels galore!

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Jordanian flag waving proudly by this monumental site

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cousin Tali examines the foot of an ancient and worn statue

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cousin Jake gets bit while getting a selfie near a camel ; )

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Zoe keeps her distance

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carrying his drum sticks, even into a cave in Jordan!

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look at all that patterns in that stone –

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and in the end, a stop for rose water treats and lunch in a restaurant nearby

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Open House means open art studios… the smell of fresh paint and art studios takes me back to the smell of college!  I love it! And all those huge industrial windows filling rooms with sunlight… what’s not to like?  We love seeing artists use these squishy, spikey rubber balls as a paintbrush of sorts – such a fun use of a stress ball!

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By night is was cold and by day, warm enough for a swim!  We met a sunning seal here and there were lots of monarch butterflies flying through.  But thankfully all the tourists were not around – so we had the beach to ourselves for a photo session with gregkessler.com !  Now if only we could get the photographer in the photo some day..

 

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another September, another Rosh Hashanah at the barn where we were tossing tashlikh into the ocean and contemplating all the ways to improve ourselves this year… starting with some self healing in nature and tooling around Long Island:

 

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When Zoe started this theater camp, I’m not sure she was as thrilled with it as she was last year.  But little by little she made more friends, got a key role as a mischievous moth, and stole the show with her onstage cartwheels.  In the end she made a few new friends, and got over her stage fright !

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what a fun and crazy crew!

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I’m going to miss these summer weekends where our friends ‘fancy up’ an old, worn picnic table, eat from a vintage truck that produces pizza (even GF for Zoe!), and then we swim as the sun is setting.  We do have a few more weeks left so ..  perhaps we will do it again? I hope so!  What are you up to this weekend?

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How is everyone’s summer going?  Now that Ezra’s big event is over, the summer feels like one great big exhale.  The kids have camps by day but otherwise we’ve had hot and steamy (or sometimes cool and breezy) party nights in crammed urban backyards with friends.

OR lemonade stands and trips to Corona Ice King by day ..

OR more evening fun in the way of outdoor movies in a neighbor’s yard (LOVE Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!)

What have YOU been up to ?  As always – it’s all going by so quickly as summer does:

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