I flew Southwest Airlines from Albuquerque to Oakland on 9-26-19. Photos from that flight can be found here: believesteve.org/2019/12/17/southwest-airlines-abq-to-oakland-9-26-2019/
I was picked up at the airport by my son, Ethan, after which we drove to Penngrove (in Sonoma County), to the home that he and wife Flo had recently purchased. A beautiful home in the country! Kathy joined me there, driving our van up from Simi Valley, where she had attended her high school 50th reunion.
And Ethan had filled the bird feeders.
While there, Kathy and I visited Point Reyes National Seashore.
Next up was Yosemite! Here are some scenes from the Tioga Rd.
Hike to May Lake, which is located to the north of the Tioga Rd.
Cathedral Peak was where, in 1967, Glen Denny and I made the 12 minute movie “Nyala”, of me soloing the regular route. As I recall, it later won a prize at the Trento Film Festival.
We passed through Yosemite Valley twice in one day, on the way to and from Fish Camp. I took this extreme telephoto photo of Reed’s Pinnacle from the road to Wawona and Fish Camp, in the AM. Here, a climber in an orange shirt is seen on the Direct Route, with two other climbers at the top of the pitch. The regular route on Reed’s was my last climb in the Valley. I took a fall on the last pitch, breaking my left ankle and cheek bone. I tell that story in another post: wordpress.com/post/believesteve.org/8276
On our next pass through the Valley, in the PM, a fire had just begun down valley, and smoked things out.
In the old days (early 60s) I climbed both spires and the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral Rock.
We left the Park via Tioga Pass, headed home. Our last stop in California was Convict Lake, on the east side of the Sierras.
Three photos of reflections in Convict Lake, from the trail along its southern side …
and two photos of Convict Creek.