We just returned from a camping trip in Yosemite Valley, and I must say, this is my favorite National Park (and I’ve been to a lot of National Parks, my father worked for the Department of Interior). Everywhere you turn there are spectacular views–picture perfect vistas giving even a novice photographer Ansel Adams shots. We got up at daybreak every morning and hiked while it was cool, before the other tourist woke up. After lunch on the trail, we found a swimming hole to lounge in as an escape from the heat in the afternoon. If you go to this park, try to bring everything you need because food is expensive and not very good. Take plenty of water bottles, a camera, and some good hiking shoes and prepare to have your mind blown. I can’t wait to go back. I wanted to share a small sampling of the photos I took (took over 300 while there). As always, most of the photos on this blog were taken with my 5th Generation iPod (5mp camera with a small, fixed lens). Thank you Abraham Lincoln for having the foresight to protect this piece of land, and thank you Teddy Roosevelt for making it the first National Park.