They're here! The maps for the new Sierra Cascades Route from the Adventure Cycling Association!
One of my friends let me borrow his flash recently. I had a good time trying it out and decided to get one. I took it with me on our trip up to Mariposa and took a ton of practice shots. I’ll just share a couple that I thought came out ok. I was practicing with Long Exposure and the Flash. There was a full moon that lit up the sky and it made for a nice backdrop.
This year we had planned to spend New Years out in Joshua Tree. We had both been looking forward to it for the entire month and this was to be our first time away from home for the holiday. Over christmas though we go some intel from my Aunt that Yosemite had snow on the valley floor. So we decided to head north instead, in search of snow and adventure.
We got to Yosemite on the 30th and were lucky to find clear skies. Some clouds, but no rain. There was snow everywhere, but the roads were clear so driving was no problem. We had chains in the truck just in case, but we didn’t need them.
Serbrina had no memories of ever experiencing snow, so I was really excited for her to get there and play in it. She was very excited to touch it for the first time, as an adult at least.
Unfortunately for me she figured out what to do pretty quick!
After two failed attempts to get to Bridalveil Falls, we made it this time. There was finally enough parking spots for us. The water was even higher than when we were there in November.
It was a great trip and we were lucky to have great lighting for some picture taking.
If you want to see the photos larger you can find them here on my smugmug.
We spent New Years up in Mariposa and went into Yosemite for the day. I took a lot of pics, and I’m still sifting through them. Here’s one to hold you over for now.
It’s a beautiful time to be up there.
While up in Mariposa we were lucky enough to have a huge bonfire. When they do their yard maintenance it doesn’t go into a trash can like us city folk. Nope, they just burn it. So after our dinner we all went outside and enjoyed the huge fire.
I had my tripod so I tried some long exposure shots. My friend Doug has been teaching me how and when to use the flash. I wish I would’ve known some of the techniques then. I’ll just try again next time. Here are some of the ones that I like.
My Aunt, nephew and her new dog.
Me and my lady.
While we were up in Mariposa we snuck away for quick drive though Yosemite. Rain the night before had left a slight dusting on the top of the mountains. The wind was blowing and keeping temps in the 30s. The park was more crowded than we had expected, but it was a holiday weekend it wasn’t too surprising.