Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hiking Half Dome


I recently returned from a fabulous family vacation in San Francisco and Yosemite. We spent a few days in the city and saw all the sites. Gotta love SF weather - nice and cool and no rain. Then we headed to Yosemite for some hiking. The "big hike" that my husband, father, and I took was to the top of half dome.

Here is Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point:

We started nice and early - 5am, for the 8 mile hike. Eight miles sounds like nothing when you run marathons...HOWEVER there is a 4,300 foot elevation gain. It took 6 hours to hike those 8 miles up, and about 4 hours to hike back down. Along the way we got to watch the sun rise. Rainbows and waterfalls were also among the sites.

The last part of the climb is the most intense. It involves rock stairs along several switchbacks. We never counted the stairs but my dad claims there were at least 750 of them. After the stairs, you get to this:

"The Cables" - this is what it looked like when we went up. It is 650ft up a 45 degree angle. There are cables on posts with wood planks every so often to use as foot holds. You grab a pair of gloves from the pile and climb/pull yourself up that last 650 feet. Flexible calves and a good grip are a must. Um, no, the cables do not move... they are just there like a small, slack hand rail.
Once at the top, you are treated to this:
Here are the cables on the way back down - a bit more crowded. Yep, you gotta share the cable with people going the other direction.
It was a great accomplishment to say that we hiked Half Dome and was an experience I will never forget. Heck, I may even do it again someday...maybe.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hubbell and Jeff

Hubbell and Jeff

Trying to keep up with Neysa again. Here is a small sampling from the wonderful wedding of Hubbel and Jeff. They are both truly amazing people. I felt so welcomed and had a marvelous time with them. I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

I'll write more about all the fabulous weddings we have had as soon as I get a chance. For now, it is off to bed so I can get up at 3am!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Laura and Bob

Laura and Bob

A few photos from a few weeks ago... Laura and Bob are a fabulous couple who had a fabulous wedding. I got to know them during their engagement session, and I knew I would thoroughly enjoy photographing the wedding. The ceremony was at Knox Presbyterian Church which is simply beautiful, and Ault Park for the reception...a favorite spot of mine!

After the girls had their hair and makeup done, they headed to First Watch for lunch - this is my kind of group!
The fabulous shoes. I need to take notes on all the fabulous shoes I get to photograph, so I can buy a pair of each for myself :).
I love this next shot. It was just a random moment after the ceremony during formal photos. I love the way he is looking at her and the overall dreamy feeling of the photo.
We were able to do several photos around Ault Park before the reception...I love having this kind of opportunity.
Practicing the first dance.
Laura and Bob - thanks so much for allowing me to share in your special day. I wish you a lifetime of happiness. Special thanks to Neysa for helping out with the wedding. As always, it was a pleasure!