Saddened.. yet again.. by another mass tragedy. France  is incredibly close to my heart as I spent all my summers going up with my French exchange family and try to go back as often as I can.
I am sad for all of the victims, and for humanity.
Let me count the ways that I love the West Coast: 1) Oregon  2) California  3) Washington . This past week, we traveled to Yosemite  with Stanford Classmates where we lounged, hiked, made smores, laughed, swam, and simply enjoyed the simplicity of the California Nature. AHHHHHH California .
Yosemite National Park is known for its waterfalls, meadows, giant sequoias, and vast wildnerness. This is a photo from our hike on Day 1. It was an easy hike yet truly beautiful, surrounded by trees, water, and waterfalls.
Of course, I did an excellent job packing and packed appropriate hiking shoes for Toosh (better than her birkenstocks or jellies, so #winning).
Impromptu swim in the crisp cool water.
Me and Toosh, oh so glamorous. Yes, I am white trash rocking cut offs and a camouflage shirt (you can’t see me in nature wearing this shirt, right?)
Hiking means dirty face and exhaustion. I mean, I just want to kiss her cheeks regardless.
After the hike, we went to Evergreen Lodge  for lunch and use of their amenities, which included a playroom, a ping pong table, zip lines, and some fun obstacle courses. It felt like Miraval  for kids.
Playing in a web
Sunset at our hotel, Rush Creek Lodge . Mind you, we did a Yosemite LITE version, where we were not camping, but staying in a lodge. I know, not very hard core, but we still got plenty dirty, lots of fresh air, a buzillion bug bites, legs full of scratches and scrapes, and the smell of campfire on us. So basically, we camped.
Hiking with the masses. Difficult, but doable. This is a hike in the Tuolumne Grove, 
Lots of huge, gigantic Sequoia Trees. GIANTS.
This log is BIG with tiny kids scaling it.
Strike a pose. I took this picture to show us #Twinning and #Winning.
Running on a tree = smart parental move.
Family photo… best we could do.
California Cruz. Swim trunks, a tan, and a trucker hat. All he needs is some oakleys , a friendship bracelet, and a beer on tap.
The little girls in the big big park.
Thanks to all our friends for this incredible trip. Now, on to more California greatness this weekend. #Vacation