Fariss and Eva Ryan

Yosemite

Fariss and Eva Ryan
Yosemite

Aug 2016
This past Christmas I asked Fariss for one thing, a Canon camera. I figured that since we live in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the United States, that now would be a great time to learn the skill of photography. I was so excited when I got it. We went on photo adventures all the time and I slowly but surely realized I had a TON to learn. So there were a couple months between there and here that I was too afraid to take the camera out. Too afraid of things not turning out like I planned. I was intimidated by the lenses and screens and dials, everything camera-y.

When the beginning of summer came I had a jolt of bravery and started asking friends and family for advice on how to better use the camera. I decided that the only way to learn was to try. I haven't moved my camera out of manual mode since then and have slowly taken some shots that I am happy with as a very novice craftswoman. So, what better time to take our camera on an adventure than on our anniversary camping trip to Yosemite! Pictures are of course, one of the best ways to tell a story. Below are some of the great memories that we got to capture along the way. Enjoy <3

My sexy model husband.

"We took a pit stop in South Lake Tahoe on the way to Yosemite. We arrived there at night and it was absolutely gorgeous. Twinkle lights were hung on just about everything. If you go to South Lake Tahoe, I highly recommend staying the night! We camped out on a lovely pile of sawdust that a local lent us for free, because of course, camping spots in Tahoe in the middle of summer are harder to come by than you think! So advice aside from staying the night, get a campsite in advance. Your bum and back will thank you."

 

We took a pit stop in South Lake Tahoe on the way to Yosemite. We arrived there at night and it was absolutely gorgeous. Twinkle lights were hung on just about everything. If you go to South Lake Tahoe, I highly recommend staying the night! We camped out on a lovely pile of sawdust that a local lent us for free, because of course, camping spots in Tahoe in the middle of summer are harder to come by than you think! So advice aside from staying the night, get a campsite in advance. Your bum and back will thank you.

Mono Lake...which turned out to be much more majestic and beautiful than anything with a name like Mono would be.

Big Bend campground, where the fishing is ALWAYS good.

POLER gear set up.

Be Prepared.

My Lumberjack.

Our first night in Yosemite we stayed right outside the park in the Inyo National Forest. Arriving around 4pm, we were afraid we were too late to find a campsite on a Saturday night, but luckily we used our scouting skills to ignore the &quot;Campground Full&quot; signs and found a GREAT camping spot with lots of fun families around. AND there was running water. Score!

Gorgeous isn't it?

We found this field of flowers that we were enamored with! No one was around and it was awesome!

 

The second night we stayed in the park at a campground called Yosemite Creek. We literally drove a gravel road with potholes (that I could have probably swam in) about 20 minutes down a mountain into a valley. At the bottom we found about 80 campsites. 80 CAMPSITES! It was insane to think of how many people off road down that road all the time! I have mad respect for the park rangers who drive that baby every day.

What was really cool was that on the other side of the creek there were giant rocks that you could scale. We probably climbed 80 feet in the air and got to dream about our next season together on a ledge of the mountain. It was AMAZING!

A-frame skills.

Yosemite Valley Chapel.

 

We washed our hair like good campers in the Merced River. We used biodegradable shampoo people, don't worry.

About as close as we were going to get to climbing Half Dome. HAHA. Maybe another time.

Cheers to another magical year!