Yosemite, in the Sierra Nevada mountains, around 350 km east of San Francisco, is a nature lover's delight. And lucky as I am, even though it had rained and snowed heavily on Sunday, just 3 days later, the sky was deep blue, the air a nippy 12 degrees, and the ground still covered in snow - the best possible combination!
The tour bus was small, just 15 seats, and that made for quite an uncomfortable ride, with a few bad stretches of the road resulting in a lot of rattling. However, the guide was great, and stopped for many photo ops in the valley, before stopping in the Yosemite Village for 3 hours on our own. I grabbed some lunch, and then set out to explore on the nearby trails. Yosemite provides miles of hiking and biking trails, although in the short time possible, there wasn't too much I could cover!
If you don't mind the longish drive, Yosemite should be on your bucket list!
And to wrap up, here are some HDR pics from Yosemite...