We just got back from the Eastern Sierras and the Fall Colors are out in full. You probably only have a few days left to enjoy one of California’s most popular photography events.
We began our journey by loading up Charley, our Roadtrek camper van, and heading over Yosemite’s Tioga Pass. The pass tops out at 11,000 ft., but it’s a good road, and they’ve kept the really steep parts to a minimum. The only problem with traveling through the Yosemite high county is how much will power you’ll need to avoid stopping at every turnout. There are vistas that will simply stun your eyeballs with their size and grandeur, and then there are those lush Tuolumne meadows that might just beckon you to spend an afternoon lazily wondering about, or enjoying a secluded picnic. But fall happens but once a year, so try to keep your eyes on the road and your mission in mind. I know it’s tough, but nobody ever said photography was easy!
My wife and I are lucky enough to live so close to Yosemite that we’ve been there hundreds of times. After all these trips, we’ve discovered the best places to stay, the best places to eat and most importantly, the best places to take pictures. Read on, and we’ll share some of our secrets with you.
Yosemite used to have a well-defined off season. If you headed to the park in October or April, you would have the place to yourself. That’s no longer the case. Now, just about any month can be called “crowded” in comparison to other national parks. I blame the crowds on cameras. Everyone wants to take pictures with their new digital camera, and quite frankly, there’s no better place to take pictures then in Yosemite.
However, there are far less people in the park from early October to the end of April. And that’s especially true on weekdays, or in periods of “bad” weather. Continue reading →