Thursday, May 31, 2012

This made me smile...

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My husband sent me this picture earlier today and I'm obsessed. How freakin' adorable is this?

Call Me Maybe + Cute shelter puppies = Cam knows me so well.

I just wanted to pop in and share it with y'all and let you know that I'm still here, despite the lack of posts this week! I've just been super swamped with work after the holiday weekend. I'll definitely get around to posting my pictures from our fun weekend in Chi-town...eventually. Until then, I hope you're having a great week! Tomorrow is Friday...yipee! Xoxo

Monday, May 28, 2012

My Summer To-Do List!

Happy Monday everyone!

Hopefully you have the day off and are out soaking up the sunshine, having a 3 day weekend is the best! Cam and I have been having a fabulous time in Chicago (our flight leaves later this afternoon), and I'm looking forward to telling you all about it later this week. But since this weekend is sort of the unofficial kick-off to summer, I thought I'd share what I've got on my summer to-do list! It's basically a list of fun things that I'd like to do between now and Labor Day...enjoy!

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Summer 2012
-Read at least 10 books (I have majorly been slacking on reading!)
-Go golfing (I've only ever gone once!)
-Take the gondola at Heavenly up to the observation deck and have a picnic
-Hike Mt. Tallac
-Try standup paddle boarding (really excited to do this!)
-Go to Carmel/Monterrey/Big Sur
-Go to the Redwoods
-Go to back Yosemite National Park and hike Half Dome
-Go back to Napa/Sonoma
-Go back to San Fran and visit Alcatraz
-Celebrate 3 years of marriage to my wonderful husband! :)
-Get a new grill for our deck (Cam won grill in a raffle at work last week, how awesome is that?!)
-Barbeque at least one night a week
-Go to a blogger meet-up (I've got one on the calendar for next weekend!)
-Take a boat cruise on Lake Tahoe
-Go to the Celebrity Golf Tournament here in Tahoe
-Rent kayaks and take them on the lake
-Get a bike...and actually use it
-Run a 5K
-Start training for a half marathon
-Find an organization to volunteer with here in Lake Tahoe
-Go to Chicago (I think we can cross this off since I'm here right now!)
-Go to Michigan for 4th of July
-Go to Crater Lake National Park
-Stay consistent with doing yoga and continue to work on improving my flexibility/strength
-Continue eating Paleo (I love the way I've felt the past few months giving my body the healthy fuel it needs instead of junk so I want to continue!)
-Use my ice cream maker at least 3 times (although I love eating Paleo, I can't resist indulging in the occassional ice cream treat, especially if it's homemade!)
-Go to Bend, OR
-Go to South Carolina for a visit
-Make homemade popsicles
-Go to at least 3 Farmer's Markets
-Go camping and make s'mores (one of my favorite summer treats!)
-Relax and just enjoy living in Tahoe! :)

I'm sure I'll add more things as summer progresses, but I think that this list is a good start for now! I'm looking forward to a healthy, happy, and fun-filled summer! Enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend friends! Xoxo

PS: What's on your summer to-do list? I'd love to hear!

Friday, May 25, 2012

And We're Off!

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TGIF!

The holiday weekend is finally here and I could not be more excited! We're heading out to the airport in a few hours to fly to Chicago, and I'm really looking forward to this mini-vacation. I haven't taken any time off since starting my new job in January, so it's going to be great to have a long weekend. Plus this trip couldn't have come at a more perfect time as Tahoe is having a cold spell and up at our house we actually got some snow last night. That's right...SNOW. On Memorial Day weekend. So gross.

The high in Chicago this weekend?

94 degrees.

I'm so happy that we're missing this blast of winter and that I'm going to be able to bust out my sundresses and shorts for the next few days. We're going to Chicago to attend the wedding of some good friends from college, and I'm really looking forward to seeing lots of people we haven't seen since our own wedding. We'll also be seeing some other friends that live there as well, and even though I've been to Chicago quite a few times I can't wait to explore more of the city. And the cherry on top is that my parents are driving in from Michigan for the weekend, so we'll get to spend time with them too. Seriously, so much awesomeness is going to be packed into the next few days I can barely stand it.

I'll be sharing all about our trip next week, but until then I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram! (@janemarieg)

I hope that everyone has a fun, relaxing, and safe weekend! Xoxo

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Yosemite National Park, Part 2

Heyo!

I'm back with more photos from our weekend in Yosemite! 

Saturday's hike took the majority of the day, and we were pretty tired afterwards. We ended up just laying low on Saturday night, and went back to the park on Sunday morning. 


Yes, we each had to get a picture by the sign :)
Sunday, we didn't do any hiking because we were pretty tired from the day before plus we had Lola with us and dogs aren't allowed on trails in national parks (hence, why she didn't come on Saturday's hike with us). Our first stop was Mariposa Grove to see the giant sequoia trees. 



Ha.



It's amazing how tall and mighty these trees are. We only walked around the lower grove because Lola wasn't allowed on the trails, but it made me really excited to go and (hopefully) see the redwoods later this summer!

After the sequoias, we headed towards Glacier Point. On the way we stopped at an overlook point (I don't remember what it was called) that had great views.





Glacier Point had equally impressive views, and it was so pretty to look down in to the park. Yosemite has so many beautiful features, and it's wonderful that it's preserved for future generations to enjoy.




View of Yosemite Falls...what we climbed to the top of the day before!




Lola + Half Dome = Presh.
Finally, our last stop was an overlook point called Tunnel View to get a picture of the valley before heading out of the park. Simply breathtaking.


Once we left the park to start heading home, we decided to stop off at Mono Lake, which is just east of the park. The lake is pretty (although not as pretty as Lake Tahoe!) and it has these interesting limestone formations around the edges. It's actually a saline lake (so it doesn't have any fish) and it's actually one of the oldest lakes in America. The weather was beautiful so we stopped here to eat lunch. Since there was no one around we let Lola run around and she had a blast!












Lola usually hates the water so this was a big step for her to venture out this far!
Lola leads a dream life :)
 All in all, it was a lovely weekend. I had been to Yosemite once before when I was in middle school, but it was so great to go back! If you're ever in Northern California, this national park is a must-see. It's so serenely beautiful, and I'm hoping we can go back and visit again later this summer!

Well that's it for my photos! Today, my schedule is jam-packed trying to get packed and finish up everything for work before we head to Chicago tomorrow. I'm literally counting down the minutes until tomorrow, so here's hoping for a productive day because a lot needs to get done between now and then! Xoxo

PS: One other thing that happened to us during the weekend that wasn't quite so nice...after our hike Saturday we decided to drive around Oakhurst a little bit to check out the town (which is super small, there's not much to see). As we came around a curve coming back to the hotel, we came across a motorcycle accident. A couple that was riding a motorcycle pulling a trailer had flipped their bike and they were both laying face down on the pavement in the middle of the road. So scary. The accident had literally just happened a few seconds before we came around the curve, and we were the first car to get to the scene. Cam immediately called 911, and within a few minutes tons of cars had stopped. Within a few minutes, an ambulance, 3 police cars, and 3 fire trucks showed up and traffic was completely backed up in both directions. Luckily, the injured riders were both ok--the guy was able to stand up (although I think he probably had a concussion) and the woman had to be carried out on a stretcher but she was conscious and could move her limbs (although I think she probably had some broken ribs). It was really frightening to come across an accident like that, and it was such a reminder to be thankful for every day. You never know what's going to happen when you walk out your door in the morning, so don't take life for granted! :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yosemite National Park, Part 1

Hello, hello!

I finally uploaded my photos from our weekend trip to Yosemite, however, I've decided to break them up in to two separate posts because I have so many I want to share! 

(BTW: All the pics in this post are SOOC (straight out of camera)--so no editing...mainly because there are just wayyy too many of them and I didn't feel like bothering with it...)

We left for Yosemite on Friday after work, and decided to take our Jeep Wrangler so we could drive without the windows since it was such a nice day. After strapping Lola in with her harness/seatbelt to make sure she wouldn't jump out, we were on our way! 

Where are we going??




She is honestly so crazy looking...but we love her :)
 
She looks so ridiculous riding in the car, I couldn't resist snapping tons of photos. 

The drive to Yosemite is really pretty and there were great views of the Sierras along the way. 






Once we got in the park, our first stop was the Olmstead Point overlook. The rock formations in the park are just breathtaking! 



Just stretchin' in a national park, nbd.





We drove around Yosemite Valley before heading to our hotel, and decided to take the top off the Jeep to get better views. Driving through the valley is really amazing because you feel so tiny in comparison to all the giant cliffs! One of the reasons we decided to go to the park at this time of year was because we had heard that late April/May was the best time to see the waterfalls in full force, as some of them tend to dry up in the summer. I'm so glad we went this past weekend because all the waterfalls were roaring!

First views of Half Dome!
This is what your hair looks like when it's windblown from riding in the Jeep...and then you fall asleep for part of the trip...lovely. Not.

Bridal Veil Falls
El Capitan


Umm guys? Where did the roof of the car go?

The things you people put me through...

It started getting dark and it was pretty windy...but never fear, hubby brought his night vision goggles...ha. They keep the stuff out of his eyes when it's too dark for sunglasses...only Cam.
Views from the Jeep!
Once it started to get dark, we headed back to our hotel for the night. We stayed at a hotel in Oakhurst, CA which I booked because when you Google "Yosemite Hotels" it's what comes up. However, Oakhurst ended up being about 90 minutes from Yosemite Valley (where a lot of the main hikes/sites to see are), so I personally don't think it's the most convenient location. Yosemite is big, so next time we go we'll definitely be camping inside the park instead.

Saturday morning we got up bright and early and headed back to the park to do a hike. We decided to hike to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls, as we heard it was one of the best (and most strenuous) hikes in the park that offered great views. The hike itself was supposed to be 7.6 miles round trip with a elevation gain of 2,600 feet which is about the height of two Empire State buildings! Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in the United States, so we thought it would be a neat thing to hike to the top of! (Also, we probably hiked an extra mile because the first part of the trail was flat and seemed to be going in the wrong direction, so for the first half mile I kept asking Cam if we were going the right way because I was convinced we were on the wrong trail...so we walked the half mile back to check the map, and it turns out we were going the right way...whoops!)

There were lots of friendly deer in the park

Getting ready to hit the trail...


First view of the falls...
We were headed all the way to the top of the upper waterfall...it's crazy high!
This was after we had already walked an extra mile because I was convinced we were going the wrong way...ha. Ironically, the guy who took this photo for us was a U of M grad and we ran into so many Michigan people on the trail! Cam always likes to wear Michigan stuff when we're hiking because it's a great conversation starter and so many people we passed kept saying "Go Blue!"



The valley was a little hazy in the morning on way up...but the light was much better coming down!




Almost there!
The hike itself was pretty intense, and the switchbacks on the trail seemed never-ending. There were incredible views of the Valley and Half Dome during the climb, and it was really breathtaking once you got to the top.








From the top, we walked down to the falls overlook point (which was actually pretty steep climb to get down there!), and it was really cool to see the rushing waterfall from the top.



Me trying not to fall!

The hike down was a lot tougher for me than the hike up because I was really feeling the impact from the hard granite on my knees and hips. But the light was so pretty on the way down and so we snapped a few more pictures before we made it to the bottom.









Overall, it was an awesome hike and I'd highly recommend it if you're visiting Yosemite! Well that's enough pictures for today, I'll be back with part 2 tomorrow (yes, there's more...)! Have a great day everyone! Xoxo

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