Life Lately: June 2016

Obviously phone selfies with me in sunglasses is on its way to being a trend with this year’s self portrait series. Couldn’t be bothered to pull out the big camera and put on makeup to capture a good hair day straight from the salon! Six inches gone too, my hair hasn’t been this short in almost six years …

So, what have I been up to? 

reading … several books in progress right now. I’m thinking I might need to dedicate a post sometime in July to many of the books I’ve read so far this summer rather than summarizing them here.

visiting … Waco mid-month to visit Texas’s newest NPS site — Waco Mammoth National Monument — plus popped back over to Magnolia Silos to snag a metal print I saw online recently & to grab lunch. Photos/recap to come soonish for those that missed out on the Snapchat videos/images I posted …

planning … my October trip to New Mexico and west Texas. Reservations have been made for all the places we’re staying (a Route 66 motel + an AirBNB studio loft + a couple hotels via (that’ll wrap up the 10 nights I need to earn another free night) + a historic CCC built lodge in the middle of a mountainous state park). Now I just need to survive the next few months at work so I can escape to the Land of Enchantment! Oh, and get in shape to be able to make a multi-hour hike into a canyon …

looking forward to … the upcoming long holiday weekend off work. Absolutely no plans other than to sleep in, take some naps, and maybe drive out to the local lake to see the fireworks show. Maybe. If I can be bothered to slather myself in OFF to ward off the mosquitoes that love me way too much.

bookmarking … Yosemite, Through John Muir’s Words — The Atlantic

How has your June been? Any plans for the month ahead?

PS … Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans!

A Brief Visit in Wawona {Yosemite NP}

I kinda feel bad about the lack of photos as well as the amount of time spent in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park. We missed out on visiting a museum there due to time constraints + with Mariposa Grove (just south of Wawona) closing just days before our arrival, we decided to focus our time on other parts of the park.


We did make time to stop at Hill’s Studio, in the shadow of the now former Wawona Hotel. It now serves as a NPS visitor center and Yosemite Conservancy gift shop. I wish I had a photo of the huge landscape painting inside; who’d expect this grand/huge painting in such a small building! I never would have expected to see something that large outside of an art museum to be honest …


Thank you so very much Mr. Hill for your contribution to the parks preservation efforts.

wawona hotel @ yosemite

… and the Wawona. DNC may have snagged the trademark on this hotel’s real name for now, but they won’t win in the long-run when it comes to the court of public opinion.

Next month we’ll travel further into Yosemite National Park … 

Mar - June 26, 2016 - 10:20 am

I’ve always wanted to visit Yosemite!

Christine - June 21, 2016 - 9:36 am

Wow, Thomas Hill’s art looks so pretty from that display.

Leigh | Campfires & Concierges - June 21, 2016 - 9:14 am

I still haven’t been to Yosemite – it was planned for this year, but I didn’t get the hiking/camp permit I applied for. One of these days I’ll get there…hopefully in the winter to avoid the crowds!