Seems that I got a bit out of order in chronology of my posts. Here I am telling you about the things that I just finished knitting, but I didn’t tell you WHERE I was knitting them… so, allow me to back track and share last month’s trip to California.
We had planned this trip for months – it was the first big “together” trip for my family since our family has grown by marriage and babies. Along with my youngest sister Sarah and her husband, Andrew, we decided to visit Yosemite National Park first, and then rendezvous with everyone several days later in Lake Tahoe. Extension to Yosemite was worth every second. As you know, Kris and I love hiking and photography, and Yosemite is a paradise for both.
We stayed outside the southern entrance to the Park; each day we drove in with plans to hike new trails. We technically hit the Park in its off-season, so the crowds were down. That was a nice perk on many of the trails and in-roads so we could take our time and stop whenever we pleased. Kris and I should have made a sticker for the back of our rental car: Vehicle Makes Frequent Stops to Photograph. Our feet were the best mode of transportation though – with the vast trail system, we were out and about every single day.
We hiked with all of our camera equipment, which made the hike a little heavier, but worth the effort after seeing the processed photos. Long exposures, HDR, and macro photography – all things that I had the time to play with and the scenes to shoot. If we had had more time and the appropriate gear, I would have jumped at the chance to do some back country camping and backpacking. However, this trip focused on the highlights – Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa (Giant Sequoia) Grove, the various falls, Tuolumne Meadows, and the glacial lakes. Maybe next time on the backpacking?
Since we took over 20 gigs of photos in the Park, I have many more to add to this photo set… it takes time to go through them all! As you can see, we had beautiful weather and clear skies – a perfect combination for memorable hikes and photographs.