Well, my Mom was coming to visit, and we had already done all of the standard San Diego tourist stuff, so I decided to take her up to Yosemite this time around.
We left San Diego about 8pm and arrived in Mammoth Lakes about 2am. (still enough time for a semi-early start)
The next morning, we went into Yosemite from Tioga Pass, stopping at places like Tanaya Lake and Olmsted Point on the way in.
It was from Olmsted Point that we got our fist view of Half Dome. The way the light was hitting, it made it look almost black and white, so that’s how I decided to process this one:
We got down to the valley, parked and walked around the Cook’s Meadow area. We could hear and see Upper Yosemite fall; it was a nice day and the colors were great.
As we walked along a path through the meadow, we ran into this guy:
On the way back to the truck, snapped this one of Half Dome:
As we were pulling away, I looked out the window and saw this next shot. This turned out to be one of my favorite of this trip…taken from a moving vehicle, being steered by my knee…
After that, we set off to get the standard Yosemite Tunnel View shots:
Okay…so we’ve all seen them before… but to be there, they really do take your breath away!
This turned out to be a great trip and a great time spent with Mom!
Yosemite beats Sea World or the Zoo any day!