Thirsty Thursday: Yosemite Views

Rambler: Beth Drink at Hand: Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. Fitting since I'm sitting in a farmhouse. Very tasty!

Thirsty Thursday here again! Time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. Given that I'm sitting in a farmhouse drinking a farmhouse ale, I'm obviously in Iowa for Christmas. Since we spent the last holiday with my family, I figured it was time to post some more photos from our trip to Yosemite over Thanksgiving before another holiday piled more photos on the heep!

We tried to cram as much Yosemite into two days as possible. We had beautiful fall weather which made for some nice photo opportunities.

We hope that you enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend! Merry Christmas!

Thirsty Thursday: Yosemite with the Fam

Rambler: BethDrink at Hand: Powder Keg Demolition Red

Howdy folks! Thirsty Thursday calls again. Time to pour something yummy and make those weekend plans. Since its the holiday season, most people get to spend some time with family at some point. We were lucky to have my family visit over Thanksgiving. It was my sister's first trip to California ever, and my parents had only been here once, so we had lots to show them.

We went to Yosemite for Thanksgiving. Holidays are a great time to visit. While everyone was stuffing their faces with turkey, we were checking out giant Sequoias and hiking to waterfalls. It was my family's first trip to Yosemite, and its an amazing place to share with people who've never been there.

Hopefully you get the chance to share some place fun with your family sometime during the holiday season.

Thirsty Thursday: Snow Yosemite

Rambler: Beth Drink at Hand: 2008 Yosemite View Chardonnay...well that worked out rather fortuitously!

The last 2 weeks have been anything but "springlike" around California. Here on the coast we've had some serious rain and a some wind to go along with it, while the Sierra is getting pounded with storm after storm, each dumping feet of snow up there. This week has been so bad in the high country that all the roads to Yosemite are closed from snow, ice, flooding, rockslides, downed trees/power lines, or a combination there of (though I just heard that the main highways will be open again tomorrow). All this talk of a snowy Yosemite Valley made us think back to our own snow-venture we had up there back in 2008. Terry's parents came out to visit for Christmas, and on Christmas day we headed up to the national park, dragging a lovely winter storm along with us that dumped roughly 18" of snow over the course of 2 days.

The great thing about visiting Yosemite in a snow storm on Christmas is that you pretty much have the place to yourself. Unfortunately all the snow made a lot of spots inaccessible, but we were still treated to some fantastic scenery. We all wished we had snowshoes to get off the roads and out of the parking lots for a bit, but it was still beautiful. The snow stuck on the trees for the duration of the three days we were there, which accordingly to locals, is a normally falls off or blows off as soon as the sun comes out. Blue skies and snowy trees...doesn't get much better. Enjoy this mix of photos from both of us.

Our first hike shortly after arrival (and chaining up!)

See how hard its snowing?!

Trees and snow...made for black and white.

This is one of my favorite shots ever. Deer butts!!!

It was so cold that Bridal Veil Falls was just barely flowing.

But the Merced River still had plenty of water running.

The next day the sun came out and made everything spectacular. Terry was on fire capturing some dramatic light throughout the Valley.

Two photographers = two perspectives on the same subject.

Clearing storm.

Unfortunately we won't be making it to Yosemite any time soon. I can only imagine how incredible the park must look with all that fresh snow. Perhaps next winter. And next time we are taking snow shoes!!