Yosemite National Park

On June 9-12, 2019, I visited Yosemite National Park, California! I was told that the waterfalls were at peak during the time of my visit. Many of the images of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls were taken around Cook Meadow near the Sentinel Bridge area. I did a number of hikes to get some different view points of the falls and mountain valley scenery. Saw several burnout areas. Got some of the images by driving up to Glacier Point. Watched some of the climbers on El Capitan from Yosemite Valley. Got a free shower taking pictures of the Lower Yosemite Falls mist. The lupines were plentiful along the trails. Hiked to Mirror Lake because a ranger told me I could get the reflection of Half Dome there. However; he failed to inform me that the usual trail around the lake was beneath the water and an alternative trail at the edge of the lake was very difficult. There were many branches and boulders and of course the lake itself. The picture I took of myself after coming back down to the trail head shows the blood on my left arm and the wet boots and jeans up to my knees! I went as far as I could without putting myself in any more risk. Notice some folks were playing in the lake and even jumping off the big boulder in the middle. Yeah, I got to see a bear on my return drive to the Yosemite Ridge RV Park! Please comment about your favorite images and what you like about them! Thanks.



Las Vegas, Nevada

On June 3rd and 4th, 2019, I visited Las Vegas, Nevada! It was not the norm for me and a little bit out of my comfort zone! I camped at the KOA just behind the Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. I caught the free shuttle to the strip on Las Vegas Blvd on the 3rd and to the Fremont Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street on the 4th. Ted was the only bear picture I took. The other bares you have to look for in the crowds!

Ouray, Colorado

On May 30th and 31st, 2019, I traveled from Monument Valley to Ouray, Colorado! The second and third images are called “Mexican Hat.” That’s “Wilson Arch” and my vehicle and travel trailer taken from the arch. Ouray is called the Switzerland of America. That is my campsite at the Ouray KOA. That’s deer poop next to my boot on the trail that leads to overlooks of Ouray. Lots of great views. Some nice homes in the area.

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

Drove to Cloudcroft, New Mexico for a visit with my brother, Chuck. That’s my traveling buddy, Al (Alaska) wearing his “Texas” t-shirt next to the Cloudcroft sign! I finally bought me a small chainsaw bear statue with a sign that says “Jack Smith Photography” at the Cloudcroft Mayfest event because the price was very reasonable!