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Yosemite- ‘In My Mind’ Instagram Series Week 2

Yosemite- ‘In My Mind’ Instagram Series Week 2

For the second week of my ‘In My Mind’ series, where I revisit some of my previous trips by posting pictures from the trip redone on Instagram, I picked Yosemite National Park, which I visited back in September of 2011. I shared a total of 23, only 10 of which are in this post. For […]

Mono Lake- California’s Alkaline Treasure

Mono Lake- California’s Alkaline Treasure

Mono Lake is a saline lake located in Central California, a few miles from the Nevada border. The lake’s high alkalinity comes from the lack of an outlet to the ocean. Today, the only thing that can live in the lake are brine shrimp and the types of algae they feed on. These brine shrimp […]

HDR from the First Day of My Northern California Trip

HDR from the First Day of My Northern California Trip

Back in 2011, I took a 15 day trip to Northern California. I’d been practicing my HDR photography for 6 months leading up to the trip, including a weekend excursion to Washington D.C. in May. My first day in California were the first images I expected to turn out, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Photo Essay- AT&T Park, San Francisco

Photo Essay- AT&T Park, San Francisco

Watching game 6 of the National League Championship Series from San Francisco’s AT&T Park reminded me how much I liked the park when I visited there in September 2011. It was the last regular season home game, and the defending champion Giants hadn’t been mathematically eliminated yet, but it was close. Combining the day game with the […]

The Tao House- Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site

The Tao House- Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site

Located outside of the town of Danville, California is the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Visitors to the site must make a reservation for a tour, and then meet the National Park Service Ranger at The Museum of the San Ramon Valley in Danville and be shuttled to the site.  The residence, known as the […]

A Non-Camper Camping at Yosemite

A Non-Camper Camping at Yosemite

On my trip to Northern California last September, I was faced with a dilemma as to where to stay in Yosemite National Park. There were basically three options; one- book lodging at one of Yosemite’s hotels (the cheaper tent villages were all full), two- book a hotel in one of Yosemite’s gateway towns, or three- […]

Video: Yosemite’s Glacier Point

This is one of my favorite video clips from my trip last September to Northern California. Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park is one of the most amazing viewpoints I have ever seen. (This clip is best enjoyed with the audio on mute- I was so mesmerized by the scene I didn’t even hear the […]

The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

When in San Francisco last September, my friend Chris Christensen took me on a walking tour of San Francisco that I had won during an auction from Passports with a Purpose, a charity where popular travel bloggers offer items to bid on, with the proceeds going to a different charity each year. I was more […]

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