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?
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!
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.
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
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.
Taft Point, Yosemite National Park, CA
A short power nap after work, caffeine readily available, the car is packed. This was the setting of our first night, driving into Yosemite before the sun had even begun to consider rising the next day.
Our plan was to get a walk in spot at Camp 4, the coveted $6 a night per person walk-in camp ground. We arrived at 5:30 am, to find over thirty people waiting in line for just thirteen spots. Lynn was crushed. All the planning, the long drive, all of it for nothing if we couldn't find a place to stay.
We moved on from there to the campground reservation office. We had no idea what to expect but we waited patiently. When the office finally opened they had a few campsites available, but only for 1 night stays, meaning we would have to go back every morning at 6 am. Except for one campsite. When they took us inside, they said they had one spot available for multiple days. The magic of it all? The site was open for the exact days we were staying in Yosemite. Pretty awesome right?
We set up our camp and hiked the valley, planning out the exact hikes and trails we would travel on that weekend. The first day was mostly warm up hikes. Short trips around the valley to get acquainted with our surroundings.
The first real day is where our adventure began. Above is a photo of Taft Point, the first stop on our trip to the Glacier Point area. The cliff side was a 40 minute hike from the parking lot. In order to chase the sunrise, we arrived before 6 am to begin our ascent. Our pain paid off. The sun rose to meet us, as we caught amazing views of El Capitan.
Reservoir at Bear Gulch Trail, Pinnacles National Park, Paicines, CA
September 26th, National Public Lands Day, one of 9 days every year that all national parks are free for everyone. Being the extreme savings kind of people that we are, Lynn and I debated between Pinnacles and Yosemite for which park to spend our day at. Not wanting to drive forever, wait in long lines, and not get to see the whole park, we decided to go to Pinnacles. With Pulse going there next month for their fall retreat (that we unfortunately cannot attend) we decided to scope out the landscape ahead of time! Here is our scouting report for Pinnacles National Park!
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