It isn't that there has been nothing going on. In fact, just the opposite. There has been a lot going on.
We went to Houston to visit the world famous Papa and Grandma. That was awesome fun, but I forgot the good camera. Most of it would have just been pictures of me sitting on a couch with food stuffing into my face and a drink nearby. Great times, just not particularly photogenic.
So...to make up for the lost time - come back big or don't come back at all...I present to you.
There were a couple of things of note, prior to our arrival at the park.
California is in a drought.
|Please, no fishing from the bridge|
|There used to be trees|
|Contemplating the devastation|
But, enough depression, we came for the pretty stuff.
And Yosemite doesn't disappoint.
|There it is, the distant sight that beckons.|
|See. we were there. I'm not that good with photoshop.|
|Straight down the valley.|
|Bridal Veil falls.|
|Unfortunately being fed by passing cars.|
|Wow, what a pretty cliff. I should get out the zoom lens.|
|Man, this one should have a name or something.|
|No wonder this is a rock climber's paradise.|
|It was alternately cold and hot depending on sunshine. I'm guessing it was cold at the base of the falls.|
|I brought the zoom lens.|
|Someday, maybe I'll splice three or four of these together.|
We hit the visitor's center for some education and then it was time to get out on some trails. There are enough trails out on Yosemite that we could hike there for an entire season and never repeat a trail I'm sure. We had but one day.
|There are people in that picture|
|Here are our lovely hosts and dog sitters. Thank you Annika, Arianna and Robert.|
|Michael posing for the camera.|
|Doesn't it look so inviting? Come, scramble around!|
|Annika decided to hang back and take pictures from the bridge.|
|Robert led the troops.|
|IT was cool watching these guys climb.|
|This one was particularly fun.|
|Going for some stretches and holds. Very cool.|
|To the victors go the spoils!|
|The view is better from up high.|
|Somewhere back down there, Sarah and Annika are watching.|
|Miss Muffler, rock hound|
|This guy too, great climbers|
|Right about here was when I realized these "Guys" were mostly women. That makes it even cooler.|
|Pretty little stone bridge.|
|Oh yeah, this is still there.|
And oh yeah, El Capitan. Shouldn't we have seen it somewhere?
Annika, and the maps, informed me that we passed it coming in. Somehow I hadn't noticed what I had seen. Even though I took pictures of it. So, we had to stop on the way back because...
|It is El Capitan.|
|Majestic as @#$%|
|Remember, it is 1/2 mile away. Can you spot the climbers?|
|And this person all alone.|
|We are here!|
Tough Mudder SoCal
Loved the trip, loved the visit, can't wait to get back. Thanks Annika, Arianna, and Robert for everything. We meet the coolest people.