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Cally (Swarthmore 2014) formally received her degree on June 1st, but her graduation party at home was held on June 14th.  A great time was had by all, although one could argue that Paityn and Cody stole the show!  Great to see so much of the extended family.  We’re all very proud of Cally!

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Holly hadn’t climbed Humpback Rocks for many years, so we hiked up there early in June, partly in preparation for Spy Rock.  On the way Holly spotted the red eft above, and subsequently we saw a mid-sized bear near the Humpback Rocks picnic area.

That weekend we joined four friends from the Grace Church retreat at Montebello in climbing up Spy Rock, which offers a 360 degree view of almost total wilderness.  A challenge, but all made it to the top.  We were fortunate that the rhododendron were in full bloom at the higher elevations, including on the rocky dome itself.

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Lots of snap peas, lettuce, herbs (especially cilantro and parsley), collards, and turnips ready for harvesting; potato plants beginning to flower; garlic scapes emerging on hardneck garlics; tomato and pepper plants beginning to flower.  Multiple varieties of bush and pole beans growing nicely.  No problem with pests…..yet.