Thursday, October 14, 2010

Columbus Day Weekend Road Trip

While the triathlon world was racing and spectating a little race on the big island, I had a pretty gnar road trip planned.

Thursday, Michelle and I left work early and drove up to the great town of Fresno.  While some would get excited knowing that the big fresno fair was happening while we were in town, I can assure you that wasn't the reason why we were there!

Fresno was the rest stop for spending the day in Yosemite National Park on Friday.  After spending my first time in Yosemite (only one day unfortunately), I will definitely say that this place lives up to the hype.  If I had to sum up the park with one word, it would be VAST.  I will definitely be going back sometime, for sure. Secondly, no pictures do the justice, but I will at least make an attempt:

El Capitan at sunrise


Vernal Falls


Nevada Falls from below

The view from atop Nevada Falls


Large rocks and Nevada Falls


Half Dome (which is now on "the list")

Royal Arches


Yosemite Valley (B+W) near sunset 



Saturday, we headed over to San Francisco for my buddy Jeff's wedding, where it was good to catch up with some buddies from college, and I may have had a few too many adult beverages.  Fortunately for you - no pictures from that!

Sunday, we took the 1/PCH from San Francisco down to Paso Robles.  If you've never done this drive - definitely put in on your "list".  This was my 3rd time, and it never gets old...



"Typical" View


Cliffs overlooking (lots of) ocean


A rare freshwater waterfall into the pacific



Towards the end of the drive, we stopped in Cambria for some more photo ops:

Cool "texture"


Sunset reflecting on a rock



More sunset on rock



Rays through the rocks



Water making an "ampitheatre" of sorts

Tracks

Sunset


In Paso Robles, we stopped at a rather familiar place for a little wine tasting as well.  Not as scenic as the above pics, but you get the point.  Last name bias aside, it was hands down the best tasting wine I've ever had!


25+ hours of driving 1,200 miles - definitely a solid weekend!

3 comments:

Ulyana said...

You know, I had a lot of friends go there, and none of them could capture their trip the way you did. I've got to go there one day... and I will :)

trevorandheather said...

Now THOSE are some sweet photos. Nice stuff.

Rachel said...

so funny. a week later we did the same thing...but we took 9 days to make the trip (for our honeymoon)! your pictures (although take with a nicer camera and better photographer) are of the same places. (waterfall on the PCH?! what a random stop, and yes we did that too).
it was my first stop in yosemite and yes, half dome is on my list as well; but we're going to climb the face instead. :)
hope all is well and the health is on the upturn. went through similar feelings after st. george and now i'm finally ready to get back at it.
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