Peek above the bushes

Catching up with our California community at a mini urban learn-fest, in the vein of Above the Trees:

…including a chance to unpack the liquid nitrogen-ice cream skills:

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Winter wander

Oliver on a frosty gentlemen’s getaway in Utah’s national parks.

Rugged determination in Bryce Canyon:

Newfound wisdom in Zion:

San Francisco fantasies

Vibrant new year at the Palace of Fine Arts and California Academy of Sciences.

Gualala holiday

Closing out the year with a family trip through Mendocino County on the northern California coast.

Elm City cheer

Balmy family Christmas in New Haven, Connecticut.

California dreams

Ambient tunes for a desert women’s weekend.

Yosemite cleanse

After a week clearing out our New York storage unit (final steps in our Stockholm move), we were lucky to seize a few days with friends on the opposite coast at Sierra Meadows, in the foothills of Yosemite.

We were thrilled to connect with so many old and newer friends from San Francisco and Los Angeles—not to mention Portland, Chicago, and Dublin—that made the Memorial Day trek, many with growing families.

The early summer days were gentle, the evenings golden.

Nighttime brought some stunning area musicians to entertain the crowd, and starry light shows above and below.

Top & asterisked (*) photos credit: Andy Shirey