05 July, 2014

Wagner Road Trip 2014 - Yosemite and Kings Canyon

Our last morning in Yosemite, we packed up and headed to Glacier Point Trail to see the panoramic view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Hanging Rock, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite's High Country.

As you can see in the picture below, it was a bit chilly that morning, but as we begun our mini-hike, we quickly shed our extra layer of clothing.

View of Half Dome to the left.

A short 30 minute hike down 4 Mile Trail.

A view of Hanging Rock.

A tourist photo of Hanging Rock back when people were crazy!

Another picture of Half Dome.  
"The impression from the valley floor that this is a round dome which has lost its northwest half ."

Interesting Fact: 

We headed out of Yosemite and headed North through Fresno on our way to Kings Canyon.  Traveling through Fresno was interesting because of the fruit farms we saw along the way.  We must've pass 50 or more orange groves.  Sadly, aside from the green fields from the orange groves, California is suffering from a drought which has left everything dead and brown.

The landscape quickly changed as we headed into Kings Canyon.  Another twisty and turning drive along a mountain road finally ended in the Kings Canyon valley floor.  

Kings Canyon was peaceful and not inhabited by the masses of people.  It was quiet and relaxing.  

Roaring River Falls was an easy walk to reach.

Here is my artsy, slow shutter speed version of the waterfall.

I set my camera to Aperture Priority, the adjusted the aperture to 22 f-stop and set my ISO to 200.  The shutter speed automatically calculated based on the Aperture Priority.  Since I didn't have a tripod, I placed my camera on a nearby rock and set the timer to 10 seconds so ensure a perfectly still camera.

And yes... the name of this particular road was in fact "Road's End",
which could only mean... the end of the road.  

Road's End actually begins an enormous and popular backcountry hiking trail. This mama doesn't do "backcountry" hiking...ever.  

We headed out of Kings Canyon early the next morning to make our way to the companion park of Kings Canyon, the Sequoia National Park.

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