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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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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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We made a little getaway during the beginning of Feb break. It was cold, but when bundled up .. the beaches in East Chatham and Welfleet area is the best place to be in the middle of winter! And even though many of the seasonal restaurants were closed, P Town always has great art everywhere. We ate at our favorite place The Canteen again (open year round!), and as always – the crispy spicy Brussels sprouts did not disappoint. Even Louie loves Cape Cod now!

(thank you Auntie Betty for hosting!)

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Hello winter. You are awfully long.

Good thing us NYC kids got some great museums to go to – to take away the winter blas with some color (rather than fly off to somewhere tropical, not always possible!) We spent a dreary gray day at the MoMA and loved the explosion of color. I love seeing all the really young art enthusiasts… my kids are not alone in their love of art, that’s for sure!

Have a great weekend.
This Frantisek Kupka painting should brighten your mood:
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Before and after the cruise we had some mini excursions that turned out to be a lot of fun and learning.  Before boarding the cruise, we tooled around Disney World on a grayish but mild day (in the following days Orlando had a cold snap, and we were happy to be on the open seas heading further south!)

We took the monorail around to visit many Disney World Resorts like Animal Kingdom Lodge, Grand Floridian Resort, and the Polynesian Village Resort – which were all decked out for the holidays.  And I’m not lying when I tell you that Zoe fully expects to have a wedding in the Disney Chapel, which terrifies me ($$$).  Full size ginger bread houses and pool time were the norm.  
Then, on the other side of our cruise after disembarking – grandma and grandpa joined us to explore the Kennedy Space Center. We were amazed by all the new research being done and strives to get us to Mars by 2030 (and I was impressed by how many women scientists and astronauts who are leading the research on this!)

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Zoe is driving this bad boy!

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sliding from floor to floor

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a view of my family doing some simulator riding (I chickened out)

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