Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2009 Camping Pictures

Last year I took a few car camping trips.  Some trips were shared with family and others were by myself.  The solo trips were "test runs" for my 2010 trip.

Here are some of my favorite '09 scenery images in chronological order.  (All pictures taken with my RAZR V3 cell phone).
Hubby John and I camped a couple of days at the Elkmont Campground in The Great Smokey Mountains National Park to see the synchronous fireflies. It rained every afternoon ... sometimes a down pour ... the tarp came in handy! (June 09)

  The view near Clingman's Dome on top of Ol' Smokey, just after crossing into North Carolina from Tennessee in The Great Smokey Mountains. (June 09)

  On a scenic drive in The Great Smokey Mountains, just outside of Gatlinburg, TN. (June 09)

Sunset on the Straight of Juan de Fuca just west of Port Angeles, WA. Here I camped with my brother Gary and his wife Mary who are full-time RV'ers (Aug 09).

  Multnomah Falls, OR with Gary and Mary. (Sept 09)

Mt. Hood's reflection off of an alpine lake, Oregon.   Kayaked with Gary and Mary. (Sept 09)

  Looking north at Mt. Shasta from Hwy CA-89. Going solo on my way south to Yosemite. (Oct 09)

  Emerald Bay at sunset, Lake Tahoe (Oct 09)

  Tufa at Mono Lake, CA. Tufa are calcified formations created from springs when they were under water. (Oct. 09)
  Yosemite Valley from the Tunnel View with Gary and Mary. (Oct 09).

  View from Glacier Point, Half Dome over Yosemite Valley. Shot from where we were seated on top of some huge boulders having lunch. (Oct. 09)

  El Capitan from the valley floor, Yosemite. (Oct 09).

Upper Yosemite Falls, after 24 hours of rain.  It was totally dry the day before. (Oct 09).
  Lower Yosemite Falls after the rain. (Oct 09)

View of both Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls from a distance.  (Oct. 09)

Cool rock colors.  On our way into Kings Canyon at Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park with Gary and Mary. (Oct 09)

The top of "General Sherman" a Giant Sequoia at Sequoia NP. This is the 2nd largest tree in the world, by mass. (Oct. 09)

A drive through a grove of redwoods at Redwoods NP. The redwoods are the tallest trees in the world. Traveling solo, going home via the coast. (Oct. 09)

Sunset on the Oregon coast (Oct. 09).

Very amazing rock formations, joshua trees and yuca plants at Joshua Tree National Park, CA. Solo camping trip before spending Thanksgiving with extended family in So. Cal. (Nov 09)

The preserve and oasis at 1000 Palms, CA. This is near Gary and Mary's temporary winter home in Desert Hot Springs. (Nov. 09)

 Those are a few of my '09 scenery shots.  Now, I'm "biting at the bit" to begin my 2010 trip ...


  1. Thank you for your wonderful blog! It has inspired me to start planning for my dream of a trip up the west coast in my Nissan hybrid.

  2. Wonderful Denise! All the best to you. Suanne


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