We had planned on heading up to Yosemite Valley Saturday morning, but our departure was slightly delayed by the age-old time suck known as sleeping-in. I saw it as an opportunity to leave Turlock in the late morning, explore during the day, eat camp dinner of soup and sausage and catch a sunset without actually camping.
We spent a lovely day strolling along the various meadows in the valley gawking at the unusual sight of a full-throated Yosemite Falls with fall colors all around the Merced River. We had our camp dinner in the Ahwahnee meadow picnic area. Belly's full, I walked down the path to capture some neat clouds rolling off Half Dome, but had no idea one of the best sunsets I've ever witnessed was about to occur. Luckily I happened to have my camera capturing interval shots every two seconds for 10 minutes when the show started. Such a great memory.
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.