California, September, 2017 – Part 2

Brewery in a re-purposed warehouse

We next visited the Bay Area, to see my grandson Quin Miller off to a year in Italy, and otherwise spend time with our two families – the Levys and Millers. In Berkeley, we went to The Rare Barrel. I’d never had “sour beer” before.

My son, Ethan Miller, pays for the beer


Other Millers.

Jenny Miller – Ethan’s ex-wife and mother of my grandchildren

Grandson Quin

Granddaughter Shannon

My ex-wife. Karen Miller. Grandmother of Jenny and Ethan’s kids


Ethan’s wife, Florence Landau, at their home in Albany

Sun-lit corner, Albany, CA

Kathy and I began our return to New Mexico by driving over Tioga Pass, in  Yosemite NP. Smoke somewhat obscured the views to the south and west.

The vast granite expanse of Clouds Rest Pk. is located at the upper end of Yosemite Valley, from Olmsted Point area

Half Dome

Granite slab, at Olmsted Point


We then drove south on Hwy 395, along the steep eastern slope of the Sierras.

From a pull-out on Hwy 395, on the descent to Bishop:  Looking west to Mt. Tom (left), with Four Gables and, in the distance, a ridge of unnamed peaks and pinnacles on the Sierra crest

Four Gables Mtn. (left), and a ridge of unnamed peaks and pinnacles on the Sierra crest

And, from the same pull-out on Hwy 395: looking southwest, to the Middle Fork of Bishop Creek and Mt. Thompson (left) and Mt. Powell

And yet more to the south: The South Fork of Bishop Creek, Bishop Pass and Mt. Goode (right)

We spent the night in the small town of Independence, which sits at the foot of Mt. Williamson. We stayed at the Winnedumah Hotel (and B&B).

Mt Williamson from the north, by evening light

Mts Williamson (left) and Tyndall, looking west

Winnedumah Hotel, with Kathy

Winnedumah Hotel, with Kathy

Wine glass, at dinner that night


The next stop was Lone Pine, and it’s fabulous view of Mt. Whitney and Lone Pine Peak.

Mt. Whitney (right), and Lone Pine Peak, with the granite boulders of the Alabama Hills in the middle distance

The Alabama Hills

Mt. Corcoran (left), Lone Pine Pk. and the Alabama Hills

Mt. Corcoran

Mt. Whitney (right) and Keeler Needle (next peak to the left of Mt. Whitney)

All photos, from close-ups to superzooms, were taken with a Coolpix P900 camera.

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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2 Responses to California, September, 2017 – Part 2

  1. Jackson says:

    Just for my reference as a local, how was the Winnedumah?


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