Wordless Wednesday: Autumn walk

Autumn walk

Autumn walk

Autumn walk

Autumn walk

Autumn walk

Taking Oliver on his first fall walk, just as the leaves began to burst into reds and golds


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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Mirror Lake, Yosemite

Mirror Lake view

Rocks at Yosemite

Up at Half Dome

Beneath Half Dome

Mirror Lake II


Despite being far from outdoorsy, we managed to hike a mile up to lovely Mirror Lake in Yosemite — a gorgeous spot reflecting Mt. Watkins, Tenaya Canyon and more. As the lake becomes more of a meadow (or dries up completely) in summer, we were lucky to find it still flowing in late May.

And speaking Yosemite (are we ever not speaking of it?), Monday actually marked 150 years since the Yosemite Grant was signed by President Lincoln — an action setting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove aside for the State of California to preserve and protect, a first from the U.S. federal government. The grant established the groundwork for the creation of Yellowstone as the first national park in 1872. Yosemite officially joined the ranks in 1890.

Just a bit o’ history for you. Happy Wednesday, friends!