Recently, Honda reached out to ask if I wanted to come to Yosemite and test drive their new Honda Passport. They said I could bring someone along for the ride, so immediately I called home. You see, my mom and I had done a work trip before- to South Dakota- and it was so much fun. She had never been to Yosemite, and even though I was just there for the 5th time last month I couldn't pass up this opportunity to show her around.
I don't get to see my mom very often, she lives in Kansas and since my early 20's I've lived everywhere but Kansas, most recently I moved to Providence, RI from San Diego. When I called she responded with an enthusiastic, "Hell yes! I'll clear my calendar!" The trip was super last minute, but she packed and even figured out what hikes she was interested in doing in no time at all.
The day we arrived we checked in with Honda, grabbed our new 2019 Honda Passport, and headed to the park so I could show her around the valley. When we pulled in, and she saw El Capitan looming overhead, she was in awe and said how she just couldn't imagine how people climb it at all. Cruising around the park in the Passport was easy and comfortable. The drive into the park can be windy and long, but the vehicle handled it really well and made it feel like the smoothest ride out there. After a little exploration we headed back to AutoCamp Yosemite for dinner and then sleep because we had been traveling all day and we were toast. Also, I wanted to be up well before sunrise to go back into the park and show my mom one of the best views ever at sunrise.
We woke up around 5 AM the next morning and drove into the park. I wanted to go up to Glacier Point so the drive ended up being over an hour and a half. We stopped briefly at Tunnel View because color was starting to creep into the sky. We arrived just in time to see the first sun rays burst onto the landscape and my mom couldn't believe her eyes. It's so fun to show your parents places that you love and fall in love with the landscape all over again through their eyes. I'm sure I'll do the same one day with my kids.
We snapped some photos, ate breakfast at Washburn Point, and headed back down to hike to Inspiration Point. Also, known as Artist's Point, Inspiration Point is a short 2.6 mile round trip hike with the trailhead beginning at Tunnel View parking area. There used to be a road up to there and that is where everyone would stop and take in the view because that's as far as the road went into the park. It was a great hike with not many people on the trail, and my mom and I enjoyed the peace and solitude.
Next, my friend Claire happened to be in the park that day so we met up with her to hike to Vernal Falls. There were a lot more people on this trail, but it's because you get to see one of the most beautiful waterfalls ever. It was not my first time seeing Vernal Falls, but every time I see it I love to wait for the rainbow to come out at the bottom of the falls. My mom loves rainbows, so I didn't tell her this was going to happen and she thought it was magnificent!
We had about used up all the daylight and my mom and I needed to head back to AutoCamp for dinner so we bid farewell to Claire and drove the long, windy road down and out the southwest side of the park.
When we arrived back at camp we were welcomed with delicious pizza and we were able to talk to others about their awesome days. Thanks to Honda for helping to create memories and adventures that will last a lifetime.
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Sometimes you lose something because you're meant to find something else.
I screamed when I realized it was gone. I was standing alone on the ridge line of an obscure mountain outside of Denali National Park. My friends had hiked ahead, but they heard the scream and came sprinting back. I wasn't injured, I had dropped a memory card somewhere along the hike which held my first two weeks living in Alaska during the summer of 2009. It happens to every photographer, and it was my first and only lost memory card to this day. This is the story behind what would unfold should anyone ever find those lost gigabytes while trekking through the Alaskan wilderness.
Time-lapse photography is simpler than it seems. It's one of my favorite ways to shoot, partially because I love shooting sunsets, sunrises, and the stars, and in part because I can set up my camera and then forget about it and enjoy the scenery. Here are the some things to keep in mind when shooting a time-lapse.
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I haven't seen a proper Autumn in over 7 years. I was living in Spain, then Florida, and then San Diego, in each of those places the leaves never turned, the temps sort of dropped about three to five degrees and everyone threw on a long sleeve t-shirt instead of a short sleeve and went about their business. But in New England, Fall is an EXPERIENCE. I was beyond excited to see some of the colors this year, so in the last week I went up to Vermont and the Catskills in Upstate New York in separate trips.
I suppose the first thing I should tell you is that there are no "best settings" for night sky or long exposure photography. But while there may not be standard settings for every night sky image, there are some best practices, and I'll tell you where I normally start. Want to know how to edit night sky photos? There is a video HERE and you can check out my Lightroom Presets HERE.
As I heated ramen over a pocket rocket camp stove 5 years ago, my friend Jason smeared peanut butter on bread after a long day of canyoneering in Zion. He missed his mark, and ended up with peanut butter all over his hand, because his attention was focused on the on a grass fed bison burger, stuffed with fresh ginger and wrapped in a collard green. You see, our friend Moose had camp cooking down to an art. He was the master, and that summer we deemed him a "Backcountry Bulter". Fast forward several years and a lot of outdoor cooking experience and we've all stepped up our Backcountry Butler-ing game. Here's a recipe for a newly discovered summer favorite.
A 3-Day Trip to the Catskills
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A couple weeks ago my husband, Craig, and I set off to explore the great unknown, AKA the Catskills. While known to many on the East Coast, and a popular vacation spot for New Yorkers, neither us had explored the area in the summer. Since relocating to the East coast this year, the number one thing on my bucket list was to see some waterfalls. On the journey our Moosejaw Madness water bottle and my Moosejaw half zip stretch fleece were go-to pieces of gear.
We headed west to Massachusetts and when we arrived at our first destination both of us commented how it felt like we were in Oregon. Bash Bish Falls was a just a taste of what the area had in store for us. We hiked along the creek, clear enough to see the multi-colored stones on the bottom, until we arrived at a spectacular waterfall pouring nearly 60 ft down from a deep canyon above. We stayed for hours, exploring down the canyon, finding other little waterfalls, and soaking in the warm weather.
Location: Fjällräven Cambridge, 63 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Wed, July 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
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Kat Carney is an outdoor adventure photographer. She loves surfing, climbing, canyoneering, and mountaineering, and can often be found wandering around both the east and west coasts in her built out suburban. See her adventure wedding portfolio at www.swellandstone.com.