Last week I went to Yosemite with my dad for three days. It was a beautiful trip. The weather was perfect, there weren't too many people, and we got to marvel at all of the "big rocks, big trees, and big water" as my dad said, the whole time. I'm not a nature photographer by any means. And my 28mm lens hadn't been delivered by the time I left, which would have been a useful piece of equipment! But I think I do okay. First, we drove around the valley floor, with our necks getting sore from looking at the 7,000 foot high waterfalls and rock formations. That's my daddoo. We stayed right outside the park at Yosemite View Lodge, right on the Merced River. Ribbon Falls. El Capitan. Yosemite Falls. Then we headed to Yosemite Village for some lunch meats and cheeses which is all I pretty much eat these days haha! Then we headed to the Awahnee Hotel. It is an historic building and has some really great information about it, but most importantly, it's in a beautiful location. This is the view of Yosemite Falls from the hotel. AMAZING! The PERFECT area to take bridal portraits. Quick, someone get married here so I can take photos! :) When the sun started to set, we headed back to the lodge. But I got a few snapshots along the way. Half Dome! The next morning I got up super early to get a photo of the Merced River without the harsh sunlight on it. And since we were up (haha, sorry dad! I wake up early!) I "suggested" we go to Bridal Veil Falls. Might have been more of a demand... I'm not sure. Walking up to the falls the run-off is beautiful. Back by the parking lot we saw some deer! Next, we were going to hike to Mirror Lake. We took a little detour, though. Got a shot of Yosemite Falls from a little path, then we headed to Happy Isles. Trail to Happy Isles. GORGEOUS Mirror Lake. That was a long walk in the heat. Only 4 miles round trip, but we did get a little lost on the way back to the car, thanks to the Leatherman Sense of Direction my dad and I share. Then we needed a huge meal, showers, and sleep. The next morning, before we left, we headed to the highest look-out point to get a view of the whole valley. It was incredible. Then, the hike to Lower Yosemite Falls. Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. Lower Falls with a rainbow!!! I had a lot of fun and it was great to spend some one-on-one time with my dad. I hope you get the change to go sometime soon; it's an incredible place.