We picked up sandwiches from the Continental Deli and headed for the beach last Friday. We made it just in time for sunset. We got the fire going, ate and had one of the best bonfires ever. It was a super clear night with no wind. We burned two boxes of wood and then headed home. 


Interfaith Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Last Saturday I took photos of and helped out with registration at IFC’s Thanksgiving Food Distribution. It was an important and affirming event. Over 800 families were served by the amazing IFC staff, donors and volunteers.

Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice. ~ Jacques Diouf

Chris puts a lot of heart, soul and plain old hard work into IFC on a year round basis. He serves on the board and in the warehouse. He fixes things, solves problems, organizes stuff, supports the staff and other volunteers and has fun doing it. His commitment to those in need in our community is deep and lasting.


Powder Canyon Hike

It’s been too long since we hiked the local trails. Inspired by lower temps and a free Saturday morning we decided to head for Powder Canyon. We did about 5 miles and then carried on with the usual Saturday chores.

Looks like some was documenting their hikes during September and October.


Around Here

It’s been all about our yard this past month. Our major backyard re-do continues. So far, the irrigation is in, the patio flooring is in and the patio cover is underway.

Our little neighbor turned two last month! We attended her very cute Minnie Mouse themed party. 

Mini pumpkins at Sprouts.

Spiced apples (made the house smell delicious).

We spent a recent Saturday doing a major clean out of the garage and shed. Lots of unneeded tools and random bits.



Yosemite Weekend

The majority of our weekend in Yosemite was devoted to celebrating Janae and Iain. There was the wedding and reception and then a evening gathering at the Red Wood Cabins. Every single Stark/Smith/Framsted/Kalfayan family member was present. So much fun!

We also had time for some exploring, hiking and just hanging out. Chris and I got in a short sunset hike Friday night. The light in the valley, along the river, was perfect.

We stayed at the Yosemite Lodge. On Saturday, after breakfast in our room we got in a pre-wedding walk around the valley. The early morning sun gave us beautiful views.

After the wedding and reception, before driving out to the Redwood Cabins, we joined up with the Kalfayans and took a short walk to the Lower Yosemite Falls. All of us, except Chris, changed into hiking outfits. Chris hiked around in his wedding garb, but with hiking boots.

We slept in Sunday morning a bit and then hopped on the Yosemite Valley Shuttle to Happy Isles where we headed up the Mist Trail. We only made it as far as Vernal Falls (it’s a tough one). On our way down we encountered Janae and Iain. They were on their way up and they made it to the Nevada Falls!

The rest of our day was spent eating pizza in Half Dome Village (delicious) and covering the Valley, by foot and shuttle. We were back to the lodge by 5ish where we completely collapsed.

We had a quick drive home Monday. Our only stop was at Bravo Farms. We got coffee and bought some cheese. We were home early afternoon. Yosemite in the fall. Nothing better.