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yosemite!

Last weekend, we took our first trip out to Yosemite for the year. This time, we did a couple of hikes, some more strenuous than others. Either way, we got to see the beauty of the park.

First morning in Yosemite, we drove towards the South end of the park (the Wawona side). Neither of us had seen Mariposa Grove, so we thought it would be neat to check it out. Besides, there was an NPS cancellation stamp available at the Wawona visitor center, and we all know how I go out of my way to fill my NPS passport book, haha. We hiked a few miles around the area and checked out the giant sequoias. It’s incredibly how wide their trunks get.

While hiking around the grove, we crossed paths with a family of deer. We stayed a good distance from them at all times, but they kept veering towards us. Maybe they’re used to having human visitors in the grove?

Later that day, we drove towards Glacier Point to get the beautiful shot of Half Dome, Vernal Fall, and Nevada Fall. It’s such an incredible view up there. When I was at the top and looked down at the elevation of both waterfalls, I felt so proud of myself. I actually made it to the top of Vernal Fall last year (out of shape)! Next goal is to make it to the top of Nevada Fall one day. As far as Half Dome, I’m afraid of heights, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take the steep uphill climb. I’m not crazy and fit like Gloria who has done it multiple times with ease, so I might just pass. 😉

…and while we were enjoying the view from Glacier Point, we noticed a chipmunk not too far from us. They’re so cute! Can you spot the furry little critter in the picture below? 😉

After enjoying the view up at Glacier Point, we decided it would be neat to hike the Sentinel Dome trail. It was a moderate hike, but with it being mid-day, the heat made it feel more strenuous. I am, however, very proud of myself for conquering this hike. Maybe next time, I’ll be able to take Lambert Dome in Tuolomne?! Just kidding! Anyway, the views you get at the end of the Sentinel Dome trail are phenomenal. Here are some of the pictures we took during our hike:

You bet that we slept well that night. I think we were snoozing in our tent at around 8 o’clock, at least I know I was, haha! On our second morning in Yosemite, we woke up super early and walked towards Mirror Lake. We wanted to tackle a simple trail considering my body was sore from hiking the previous day.

It’s such a pretty sight, but if you plan on heading out to the lake, make sure to pack insect repellent. The mosquitoes on this walk are relentless. I think I counted around 15 mosquito bites at the end of our short hour walk to and from the lake. Yeah, I was pretty much walking bait for those pests.

After this trip, I’m even more excited for the future trips we have planned to come back to the park! Besides, I’ll be able to get more NPS cancellation stamps! It definitely pays to have an annual NPS card, hehe. 😉

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getting some fresh air

Yesterday, where we live, it was clean AND crisp weather – the kind that makes you want to go outside and explore anywhere and everywhere. It’s the kind where you want to step outside and take a really deep breath because you can feel the cold air rush through your nose into your lungs.

The sky was slightly cloudy, but that didn’t stop us. We drove to Half Moon Bay to find some local places that I think would be a perfect fit. I’ve got my mind set on a couple of things, but we shall see. …and while we were in the area, we decided to take a break and just enjoy life. We took a detour from all the hustle and bustle of life and found ourselves playing at the quietest and most serene place I have ever encountered. It was absolutely GORGEOUS. The colors around me took my breath away. Here are some shots from yesterday:

Isn't the California coast beautiful?!

Even when the sky is cloudy, the coast looks amazing.

We found this fallen tree on our hike.

Gloria decided to wander further down the trail.

It's our new secret hiding spot. 🙂

What happens when I let others take photos?! THIS!

Today we decided to go on another escapade.  Before the rain started to downpour, we decided to take a short little nature hike in the wetlands about 10 minutes or so from our place. It’s a beautiful thing when you can get submerged in nature. Here are pictures from earlier today:

This is what the Bay Area wetlands look like.

"C'mon, Mommy! I want to check out the ducks."

What a pretty place for being 10 minutes away from us! It's so calm and quiet here.

I spotted a crane on the hunt for food! Yikes, birds! LOL.

That fresh air break was really needed because this upcoming week is going to be busy. I finished most of my DT projects, and now I’m working on CHA stuff. I’ve got to seriously start cranking them out this week. 😉

I cleared my work space to work on make and takes, and I found all of these alphabet sets on the table. Mind you, this is JUST the table, not anywhere else.

I didn't even want to do a final count. 😉

I have a separate place for all of my letters, but if I counted how many sets of Thickers, chipboard letters, or letter stickers I actually had, I think my bank account would start crying. LOL. Easily over 250 for sure. Yikes!

Anyway, wish me creativity and luck! I’ll be definitely needing some of that this week.

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