Sonora – Stop for a Great Burger at Yosemite’s Gateway

En route to Yosemite from San Francisco Airport almost two years ago, my husband and I opted to stopover in Sonora, which had promised to be a quaint gold rush era town with good food. This seemed the sane thing to do after a long flight but it's probably also because we wanted to save the cost of a night's stay at the pricey Ahwahnee. And we were intrigued by getting a good cheeseburger at the Diamondback Grill in Sonora.

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Pic of the Day – Yosemite Deer

By the road in Yosemite

I took this photo just around sunrise in Yosemite. There was a herd of deer by the road as we were driving by so we stopped and I got out of the car. They were quite oblivious of my presence (along with the other cars driving by) so I had to make a slight noise before the stag looked up. Shot on a Nikon D800 at 200mm zoom, manual setting of ISO2500, F4, 1/100.

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Yosemite – Tips for First Time Visitors

Yosemite National Park is one of those places where I wish I had accomplished more on my visit. There is so much I want to do and I leave thinking I could have organized myself a bit better. If you’re like me and can only allocate a short visit for your first trip, here are some tips that I think may help you make more of a limited time there.


  • Come here for more than a day trip. It’s a long ride, so with all the effort, stay longer.
  • Stay in the...
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