This trip was a first visit for Jacquelina to the Southwest, so in many ways it was a "California Sampler". Our plan was to hit a series of places, with the theme of diversity - the Mountains of California, and especially "Out in Nature". Consequently, the general scheme was to arrive in San Francisco, then travel to Yosemite for a rim hike, over to the Panamint Range in Death Valley, then over to the coast for beach camping and a visit to the Monterey Aquarium. Then wed have a day or two to explore more of San Francisco.

The weather was basically great, making it easy to take lots of photographs ...so off we go


1.    The Trip Starts Here:  San Francisco, first hike, and the Muir Woods
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2. Leaving San Francisco for Yosemite

3. Hiking up Yosemite Falls

4. Along the Rim to North Dome

5. Over Indian Ridge to Snow Creek

6. Down the switchbacks to the valley

7. Over the Sierras to Death Valley

8. Exploring in Hot Places

9. Trans-California to the Big Sur and Monterey

10. Up to Half Moon Bay State Beach

11. San Fran explorations and back home via Vancouver
September 2010 "California Sampler" Hike
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