A long overdue post from our summer trip to Yosemite National Park. I cringe looking through so many blury, poor quality photos, not to mention I got lazy/frustrated with it and just went back into auto mode. It just inspires me to get that much better before Frank and I head to.... Paris and London this spring! (Yay for Edward Jones sending us on these great trips!)
On this, our first full day in Yosemite, we got a wake-up call at 5:45am so that Mady and I could make it to a photography class at the Ansel Adams gallery that morning. Ansel Adams shot many of his great landscapes in Yosemite, and this tribute to him is in the middle of the park. The above shot is from that photo walk, of the Merced River, which we later rafted down (my personal favorite part of the trip).
It is always warm in Yosemite in the summer, but they were having a heat wave while we were there. This day reached 100. As we were walking to the Ahwanee Hotel for lunch, the trail wandered through these boulders, which we renamed the Air Conditioning Rocks. Between those rocks, you could feel the temperature drop significantly. We just stood there in the rock trail awhile until everyone was cooled off enough to keep going.
My family, two aunties and uncles, 6 cousins and their boyfriends, were all there camping at the same time. The park is huge, and from our lodge at the south entrance to their campsite at Hodgdin Meadows in the north, it was 2.5 hours driving time. On the first day, we drove up to see them just as they were pulling in. A big family reunion in the middle of a campsite in Yosemite. I loved it! On the way up, we saw this black bear grazing in the meadow. All the cars stopped to look, creating what is called a Bear Jam. I had no idea black bears came in such a variety of colors! A ranger looked at my photos and told us this one was unusually blonde.