Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA
Third time's the charm! We had been to Yosemite twice now (you can check out our photos here, here, & here!), but we had yet to see the falls with actual water because of California's drought. Since it was a long weekend, we decided to give Yosemite another shot because we had just had a huge storm - it had even got Yosemite evacuated for a while. Plus, who can resist the winter wonderland and snow-covered mountains?
Cholla Cactus Garden, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
"Isn't it going to be cold?" everyone asked.
"Not compared to the negative degrees we camped through last year in Arizona and Utah," we constantly replied.
As our new winter break tradition (in our efforts to combat high flight prices while still using vacation time to adventure somewhere new), we decided to take a road trip through the desert landscapes of California and Nevada. With our gear packed and our handy Pulse remote in hand, we caught the sunrises, sunsets, and cloudy days in between, while exploring my newfound love for couples photography and his newfound hobby for videography. Everyone always asks us, "Do you just have a third wheel photographer with you everywhere you go?" Nope - just our Pulse remote that allows us to not only take photos from our phone, but also set timelapses...long exposures...and more! So with our car piled high with equipment, we drove down for a week to take in that Southern California sunshine.
For Black Friday again this year, we decided to #OptOutside to Castle Rock State Park! Only 40 minutes away from home, we headed out just in time to catch the sunset.
On the Road to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
With our national park annual pass in hand expiring in October, we knew we had to make a trip back to Yosemite. We had a good idea of what we wanted to shoot this time, having already traversed many of the main Yosemite photography spots. So this time, we went out to find unique views of this treasured park! With our new Pulse - which allowed us to remotely control our camera from our tripod - in hand and our new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, we were super excited to share these photos!
Bluffs Trail, Montana De Oro State Park, Los Osos, CA
Friday rolls around, and we have yet to have a plan for the weekend. As a firm believer in not wasting precious weekends, I spontaneously suggested going to SLO. I had never been there, and knew there were quite a few photography spots, so off we left at 4 AM in the morning on Saturday to catch the sunrise!
Since it was such a last minute trip, we had to backtrack a few times and changed our plans here and there (including driving around to 3 different campgrounds!) We eventually found last minute camping sites at El Chorro Regional Park, which luckily was also only $25. No great views, but convenient last minute place to just sleep for the night.
Panoramic Point, King's Canyon National Park
What would you get up at 4am for? The latest camping trip that Lynn and I took (the first of our married lives!) was to Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park. So why 4am? Well, we have realized there is about a three hour window of great lighting in both the pre-sun hours and right before it sets. Once the harsh sunlight hits the canyon walls, (good) photography is impossible. Saturday and Sunday saw us waking up long before our normal alarms so we could wake up and start chasing the sun.
Mossbrae Falls, Dunsmuir, CA
Portland put the waterfall photography bug in us, so we couldn't resist finding some amazing waterfalls that Keith's cousin photographed up in (true) northern California. And impressive they were - especially the mysterious, elusive Mossbrae Falls.
Sunset at Grand Canyon, AZ
DAY 1: San Jose, CA to Mojave Desert, CA
DAY 2: Mojave Desert, CA to Grand Canyon, AZ
DAY 3: Grand Canyon, AZ
DAY 4: Grand Canyon, AZ to Antelope Canyon, AZ to Lake Powell, UT
DAY 5: Lake Powell, UT to Zion National Park, UT
DAY 5: Lake Powell, UT to Bryce National Park, UT
DAY 6: Bryce National Park, UT to Zion National Park, UT
DAY 7: Zion National Park, UT to Bakersfield, CA
DAY 8: Bakersfield, CA to San Jose, CA
#OptOutside was the battle cry of many adventurers this Black Friday, as the California State Park system made most parks free if you pre-registered. Never one to pass up a good deal, Lynn and I picked a few places, registered, and decided to go to Big Basin State Park!
Pullout near Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, CA
As another day dawned, we drove quickly out of the valley. This time however, we were stopped in our tracks by a fire raging the side of the mountain. Crews were driving up and down the road at breakneck speeds to assist in the containment. So what do we do? Like the good hipsters we are, we hopped out of the car and snapped some photos.
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