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The Great Outdoors

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S: LouLou's & Cory's Fabulous Yosemite Adventure / September 2011

BC: That's our story and we're sticking to it! THE END!

FC: The Great Outdoors | YOSEMITE

1: Curry Village: Boystown Our humble home from September 4, 2011, through September 9, 2011 :)

2: Taking a breather on Four Mile Trail. | One of many beautiful vistas overlooking Yosemite Valley.

3: Warm up hike to Half Dome: 9.5 miles & 3200 feet in elevation gain.

4: You've heard of Ansel Adams... What about LouLou Bell: Photographer Extraordinaire? | A distance view of Half Dome... Oh my gosh! We're going to hike that??? | There are no rules for a good photograph, there are only good photographs! Ansel Adams

6: Yosemite Valley with exquisite scenery of sheer glacially-sculpted granite cliffs that tower well over a half-mile above the meadow carpeted valley.

7: Sequoiadendron Giganteum | "Here indeed is a tree-lovers paradise;" John Muir penned in The Yosemite.

9: "The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom". Theodore Roosevelt

10: Peace Love and Mother Nature! | Mirror Lake with Half Dome in the distance.

11: Giant Sequoias reach between 250ft and 300ft in height and 40ft in diameter, and live as long as 3000 years old. | Impervious to fire and resistant to disease, it is their immense mass that eventually causes the trees to topple!

12: Yosemite's high country is an alpine wilderness with flower-filled meadows ringed by conifer forests and threaded by streams, where gem-like lakes shimmer beneath granite pinnacles and thanks to the efforts of John Muir, on October 1, 1890, Yosemite was established as our third US National Park.

13: "It was here that the romance of my life began". Theodore Roosevelt

14: Follow the Mist Trail up a steep granite stairway of over 600-steps to the top of Vernal Falls. | Cascading Waterfalls

15: LouLou descending Vernal Falls. | The steps are treacherous and slippery when wet :)

16: I'm not sure what it is but there is something strangely familiar about this picture! Any ideas?

17: Somewhere over the rainbow at the base of Vernal Falls.

18: One mile from Happy Isle, the Mist Trail and John Muir Trail diverge. John Muir Trail adds 1.5 miles of gentle switchbacks to the hike before reaching the bridge overlooking Nevada Falls.

19: Approaching Nevada Falls at dawn after departing Happy Isle at 4:30 AM for the summit of Half Dome.

20: Trekking towards Little Yosemite Valley on John Muir north where the trail climbs through the forest to the Half Dome Trail junction.

21: Two miles remain before reaching the summit. A few more switchbacks, many more granite steps and then only the cables remain!

22: "There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." Ansel Adams

23: From the relatively flat five-acre expanse at the summit of Half Dome, it's impossible to ignore the captivating views of Yosemite Valley!

24: Half Dome's diving board! Hikers covet this imposing land-mark!

25: The granite monolith of Half Dome as awed visitors since the parks inception; an 8.5 mile hike past two dramatic waterfalls culminates in 360-degree panoramic views!

26: Fearless! | Adventure!

27: Grab a pair of gloves from the pile at the base, left by many a hiker before, and begin your ascent up the 400 feet of nearly vertical rock to the top of Half Dome. Luckily for us, we arrived early so we were free to climb the cables less other adventurous humanoids! | "The hike, the iconic symbol of Yosemite grandeur, Half Dome just begs to be climbed!"

28: Stand tall and proud! Drink plenty of water! Think long term! Remember your roots! Enjoy the view! Ilan Shamir

29: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." John Muir

30: So long Yosemite...

31: Hello Northern Coast of California!

33: Dudleya is a large genus of about 40 species, most of which are native to California and New Mexico.

34: Many are on the endangered species list | Most Dudleyas flower in late winter to early spring, and flower colors range from white, to yellow, to bright red. | and a few can only be found on the remote islands off the coast of California. | The Dudleyas are rosette forming succulents and vary in color and size.

36: Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways, and on sea cliffs as a landmark, a use they have had since ancient times.

37: Relaxing on the Northern Coast!

38: Photographer Extraordinaire strikes again!

39: With big feathery plumes and arching mounds of foliage, pampas grass is the most impressive of the ornamental grasses found on California's coast!

40: Northern California is world renown for its premium wine-growing region and Sonoma Valley is second to none for its superb tasting Chardonnay!

41: Schoolmarm, I think not!

42: Old Sacramento: 28 acres National Historic Landmark located along the beautiful Sacramento River.

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