Yosemite National Park in California is a great place to take photos and get some exercise at the same time.
If you’re going to Yosemite National Park, be prepared to work your legs; walking is the main mode of transportation here. The Diana F+ is an excellent camera to take on a hike because it weighs nearly nothing.
I was there at the end of July in 2011. My first adventure was a hike to Vernal Fall. (My wife took this photo of me at the trailhead.)
The first section of the trail is very steep for a long time. Once you get over the hill and to the bridge the view of the waterfall is nice.
Continuing on from the bridge is the Mist Trail which takes you to the top of the waterfall. It’s called the Mist Trail for a reason, I got soaked on the way up.
Here are some photos at the top of Vernal Fall.
From here, Nevada Falls is already visible. I was tempted to hike to the top of it, but there were some clouds coming in and I didn’t want to get caught in a storm.
On my hike back, I took the John Muir Trail. The Mist Trail is really slippery and walking down it would have been treacherous, plus I didn’t want to get soaked again. I passed some horses on the way down.
For scenic views of the valley, Glacier Point is the place to go. I intended to make the 4.5 mile hike (one-way) from the valley floor to Glacier Point but got lost on the way to the trailhead after being given bad directions by a shuttle bus driver. This gave me an opportunity to explore the valley.
After walking a few miles back to my cabin I decided to take the easy way up and got in my car and drove to Glacier Point. It’s a 32-mile drive on a twisty mountain road. At the top, the views were amazing.
I took the lens off my Diana and got some pinhole photos too.
One plus to driving up is that I was able to bring my Rolleicord, which is too heavy to take on hikes.
My lodging was a cabin in Curry Village. Nestled among trees even the view from the cabin porch was quite a sight.
Curry Village has a swimming pool. Here’s what it looks like from the inside of the restaurant.
If you go to Yosemite bring lots of film, some pills for your sore legs, and try not to take too many photos of squirrels. I was strong and took only one.
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