Summer in the Austrian Alps

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The best thing about the Alps, well, one of many things, is the color of the lakes. Clear turquoise green, which scream summer. Jump in!

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The ice cream below means it’s summer. Yes, it does.

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We spent a weekend at the Wolfgangsee in Austria last summer. Though the Alps weren’t all that high surrounding the lake, we still managed a hike up the Scharfberg with an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet in a few hours. To be honest, I was beat! Unlike in the U.S., where, when hiking, most peaks are barren of people and wilderness is the rule, the Alps often have a ‘hut’ atop them. Aka, a full fledged hotel and restaurant. This means you can get schnitzel and beer and cake. Calories burned on a heart pounding run up a mountain are instantly restored. I would say both situations have pros and cons.

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The two chaps above were wearing matching outfits with Lederhosen. Because Austria!

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Look how happy this cow is. So happy! If you lived here, you would be too.

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Hiking the California Hills

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California is in a drought. Still. This winter we were supposed to receive record breaking rains due to the Pacific Ocean phenomenon known as El Niño. We did receive some good storms, and the Sierra Nevada saw a nice snowpack. But we aren’t out of the woods yet. On a more positive note, the East Bay hills here in the Bay Area turned a lush, verdant, wonderland green. Even the dusty oak trees bloomed brightly, and the hills were covered with orange California poppies and deep purple wildflowers. Spring is the perfect time to explore these hills, before the hot summer sun burns the grass to gold (the namesake of this great state). Along the way, we stopped at a place called Little Yosemite Valley. Though it wasn’t quite as magnificent as the granite cliffed original, it does have a beautiful river with boulders which invite you to swim in the pools below (didn’t seem like anyone was heeding the ‘no swimming’ signs).

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