Every once in a great while, one of those truly magical days happens. This was one of those days.
We took down camp at the Upper Pines campground by 10:30 a.m. and were on our way out of the Valley. If you have the opportunity to ever camp in Yosemite Valley, I highly recommend it – if you can get past the ridiculous reservation system. We were three seconds late and ended up in four different campsites in two different campgrounds during the four days we spent in the Yosemite. Next time, I’m going for Tuolumne Meadows orBridalveill Creek – not so crowded, and nearer the places I would want to explore.
After we set up a little of our camp back in Wawona campground, Josh and I golfed the Wawona Golf Course, a scenic nine hole course set in the southern reaches of Yosemite National Park amidst towering redwoods and sequoias. With only nine holes, if you want to play eighteen holes, you play from two different tee boxes for each nine. Here is Josh getting ready to tee off on the first hole.
Here’s the view from the tee box on the third hole. The approach to the third green has a bear box. How many golf courses can claim that?
After making it back to camp and rehydrating and eating dinner, Josh and I headed for Sentinel Dome for star photos. The hike to the top was in the twilight, after the sun had set, making for some dramatic photos of Josh against the skyline.
As we made it to the top, the alpenglow allowed for some nice shots of Half Dome and the rest of north-eastern Yosemite.
As the stars came out, I took the obligatory selfie.
The night of June 22 and the morning of the 23rd were reported as some of the most dramatic solar storms in recent memory, with reports of northern lights as far south as Oklahoma City and Raleigh, NC. We had no idea. We were simply in the perfect place at the right moment and captured some of the most amazing photographs I have ever taken. This photo is one of the lesser dramatic images. I am saving the best for some special projects.
Even as Josh and I woke up this morning, we were still in awe of what we had witnessed – northern lights over Half Dome that were visible to the naked eye. It was truly magical.