Yosemite, My Yosemite…

For the holiday weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday, I went down to Yosemite for a few lovely days of hiking and relaxing with some great friends from SF and LA. I’m based here in SF now since early January, then back to LA in February with an expected start of my next assignment either late March or some time in April: not yet quite clear. More on that whenever I can. For now – enjoy the pics of Yosemite in an unusually dry and snowless winter. Hopefully there will be some storms soon, because as those of you who know it will see, these photos do NOT look like Yosemite should in mid-January (= mid rainy season)! Nonetheless, as you see in the shot below, of me next to a frozen Chilnualna Falls, the temperatures are cold enough, there’s just been no rain or snow for two months in this wet season!

Above, a few shots of Nevada Falls with not much water but a good bit of ice; just above, my shadow self-portrait on Illilouette Creek, up above the Mist Trail, and below a very thin trickle of water in a late-season dry Vernal Falls, below Nevada Falls. For those not familiar with Yosemite: usually in the summer and after a good rain, the water streams over this many for most of the width of that rock surface.

…and as our final shots, me with the boys: Jim from LA, and Howard & Gene from SF who organized the whole thing and who are familiar faces to regular blog followers since they’re my most reliable friends for visits when I’m in unusual spots outside the country. Thanks, guys. 🙂 And, below: the lovely city by the bay as seen at high speed from the San Mateo Bridge as we were delivering Jim to SFO on our way home…

5 responses

  1. Pat Eickman

    Beautiful, beautiful shots of Yosemite. Thanks!

    January 18, 2012 at 01:50

  2. Beautiful shots, Paul.
    Miss you, best of luck on your new assignment, and all the best in 2012.

    January 18, 2012 at 07:00

  3. Gib McCurdy

    Great shots Paul. I love Yosemite! Thanks!

    January 18, 2012 at 10:44

  4. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul,

    Wow, what beautiful pictures. There may not have been a lot of snow, but it certainly looks nice anyway! I’ve got to go back to Yosemite one of these days! Hope you are having fun in California–and it looks like you are!


    January 18, 2012 at 11:27

  5. Pär Noren

    Hi Paul! Lovely hike it seems! Different from our trekking between south and southeast Asia… (Wherever that border is…)!
    Congrats to the promotion! If you need a log you know whom to ask…

    January 19, 2012 at 09:10

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