Yosemite

We took a brief family vacation in Yosemite Park, late June 2018. The first day we walked the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees and visited the Glacier Point overlook. The second day we hiked a loop up to Lower Yosemite Falls, then up to Vernal Falls via the Mist Trail. The third day we walked from Glacier Point down the Panorama Trail, past Illilouette Falls, Nevada Falls, and Vernal Falls; later we caught sunset from Tunnel View point. The final morning I snapped sunrise at Valley View, and later we visited Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Chapel, Sentinel Bridge, and Valley View, before driving back to San Francisco. Hot and crowded, but beautiful!

Just back from a brief family vacation in Yosemite National Park. Somehow, I’d never managed to visit this gem of the park system, and have long been eager to do so.  John is interning in silicon valley this summer so it provided the perfect excuse for the rest of us to hop out there to spend three days in the park.  We were fortunate to have clear, sunny weather throughout – though it was hot (over 90° every day) and crowded.  It was nonetheless a great place for me to test a new batch of camera gear. Read on for the full story – and photos!2018-06-23-47044-2.jpg Continue reading “Yosemite”

Sandstone Peak

I was in LA for business all week, in a high-rise office with a great view of the distant mountains.  I stayed an extra day and headed out through the Simi Valley to the Santa Monica mountains to hike Sandstone Peak.  A thoroughly enjoyable 6.5-mile loop, open to views most of the way!  The views to the south passed over the foothills and into the Pacific Ocean, so I drove the winding road down from the trailhead, came around a bend, and ended right at the beachfront!  Drove back along the coast through Malibu. A great day for a hike and drive through pretty countryside!  Check out the photos.

Sandstone Peak in sight - the high point of the hike ahead - with a group of hikers on the bump in middle ground.
Sandstone Peak in sight – the high point of the hike ahead – with a group of hikers on the bump in middle ground.