A break from editing would be the doctor's order, if there were a doctor in the house... so since I got some photos off the laptop finally, I'll start catching up on my blog with our vacation over a month ago.

My family has a tradition, you see. Every year, 3rd week of September, come rain or shine, cars breaking down (literally), or snow (yep), we make the trek. I've been there so many times that I feel like a local, knowing many of the roads, secret paths, and hidden spots. This year was a blast, as in one from the north pole. It was frigid and rainy most of the time, but we made the best of it and thanked ourselves for having such great friends that own 40 foot RVs! :)

Comfort and warmth won out over style and color coordination for Julianne!

My brother Daniel and his wife Angela came with their boy Caleb... he was in heaven with all the sticks, rocks, and dirt!

One of the sunny days while on a bike ride around the valley I decided to try to find images that the average John Doe tourist wouldn't see. Hidden on one of the back roads was this neat old warehouse, looking practically untouched since the 40's or 50's, ...

This Craftsman style cottage from the same era is probably my favorite image from the whole trip - I shot it from the hip, while riding on a bike! :)

The valley was also very smokey, due to these control burns.

One of the reasons I love going every year is that when the weather turns nasty and the rangers decide to play with matches, it doesn't ruin our "once in a lifetime" experience as it would very likely some cute little Asian lady on a day trip bus tour from San Francisco!

The other sunny day a big group of us went on a hike to the top of Vernal Falls....

By the end of the first mile or so, everyone had split into little groups going at different paces. I hiked with Josh & Amy, a couple from So Cal that our friends invited. Amy and I hit it off well, and I think we are destined for a great friendship in the years ahead! :)

... And now it is time for me to get back to those photos. Sean + Kerri, Doug + Stacey, and their kiddos need their images! :)


  1. gorgeous and funny as always!!
    (your blog, but you too actually!)hee hee

  2. It's funny how you happen to stumble across a perfect stranger yet, somehow, feel like family. I was doing the 'norm' on fb and suddenly started searching through other members friends. I clicked on names that were familiar to see if they had similar friends. I clicked on your name because my last name is Newman and my husband's uncle is a famous photographer. 'Newman Photography'. I have always loved photography and wished I had made it a more serious part of my life. I have found beauty, comfort, and peace looking through and reading your blog. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent on how you see the world and your thoughts. God bless you sweetheart.