May 30, 2014

Photo Friday: First Weekend, Hike in the Bay Area

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Sweeney Ridge Hiking Trail

A graffiti face peers out from a small building that marks the first half mile.

For our first weekend in California, we took in some nature on the Sweeney Ridge hiking trail. Cole decided on this fairly easy hike, because: 1. My hiking legs can only take so much. 2. An old Nike missile control facility awaited exploration at the top. . . .

May 26, 2014

Yosemite Falls Hike

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park here we come.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls bursts from the top thanks for spring mountain snowmelt.

To celebrate our long weekend, we drove over to Yosemite National Park to hike the sights. Cole mapped out a few waterfall options because spring snowmelt from the mountains makes the falls gush. We decided to be adventurous and hike to the top of Yosemite Falls — that's 7.2 miles round trip, gaining 2,700 feet of elevation. . . .

May 19, 2014

Road Trip to California Sights

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Hondie's journey begins

On Friday night while it sprinkled, we loaded up Hondie for the long haul.

Phew! Lot o' miles of highway under the wheels of Hondie. Along the way from Charlottesville, Virginia, to our California summer home, I documented the journey with my camera and camera phone via Twitter and Instagram. #HondiesLastHurrah documented the social media journey. Now, I bring you all the rest of the photos. . . .

May 15, 2014

Overblessified Thursday: Great Moms

Posted by Brenna Malmberg

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Mother's Day 2014

Bambi quote for Grammie.

Phew. I am finally all set up in California, so I can start posting fun blogs again. But before I get to all the photos I snapped during our cross county trip, I say thanks to Mom. I did not forget about them! They had cards in the mail so I couldn't spoil any surprise before we left Virginia. Plus, on Mother's Day we hiked into the Grand Canyon, which left seeking a bed for sleep instead of a keyboard for blogging. . . .

May 9, 2014

Photo Friday: Ready to Stamp Out Hunger

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Stamp Out Hunger bag

Our Stamp Out Hunger bag is ready for pickup.

The other day, I swung the mailbox door open and found a plastic grocery bag draped over the usual card from Grammie and junk mail. Mostly confused, I pulled it out and saw the familiar Stamp Out Hunger Family Circus cartoon. Familiar because the National Association of Letter Carriers and Feeding America joined forces this time last year to feed people in Charlottesville and across the nation. (You might have read it on my blog.) . . .