Getting Reacquainted With Video

It sure has been a while since I made a video for fun. I've spent some more time on YouTube gathering some inspiration and decided to act on it this weekend. 

The video below was shot yesterday and today. The first event in the video is a family trip to a concert - see if you can figure out which one at 0:32 (haha).

I enjoyed producing this and will probably do more.

Yosemite National Park (Trip 2, 2015)

After our stop in Sequoia, the next day called for another early drive into Yosemite. Staying in Fresno put us about 4 hours away from Yosemite Valley. We arose again before the sun came up and grabbed breakfast for the road. 

My first trip to Yosemite was with my parents when I was much younger so I don't fully remember my reaction to seeing the valley for the first time. I would imagine it's pretty close to how I feel every time I arrive though: awe-inspiring. I was anxious and excited for Krystal to see this place in person. As much fun as I had taking photos back in February and sharing them with her, the valley is still something that needs to be experienced in person. 

Tunnel View welcomed us at about 8a, or so. We continued on and took the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. After, we enjoyed a cold beer while watching Yosemite Falls' continuous dump of water before hitting the road again to Sacramento.

Sequoia National Park

In my continuing desire to be outside, a road trip to northern California required a stop in 2 places: Sequoia and Yosemite. In late April, Krystal and I planned to drive to Sacramento to visit her mom. Krystal had never seen either of these parks. In an attempt to fit a whole lot in a little bit of time, we made day trips to both.

Leaving San Diego in the early hours one Thursday, we made it to Sequoia by 10a. We planned to take a few hikes and drive through to Kings Canyon on our way out to stay in Fresno. It was a quick day trip that we fit a lot into: 1 waterfall, 2 hikes, 3 bear sightings, and plenty of Giant Sequoias. Below are a few photos.

Yosemite: Random Photos

I tried my best to bring my camera around with me everywhere. When you're without it is the time you wish you had it most. So, while carrying it on trails is (nearly) as important as bringing water to me, so is trekking around with it between my legs in the car, over my shoulder as we walk to dinner, and with a firm grasp around the lens as we stand around the car after a hike.

The trip was shorter than I wished it was so we didn't get to hike much more than what I have already shared. Below are a few of my favorite images from this trip that aren't necessarily trail-specific.