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business trip

I’m in California right now for a work trip with my shooting partner and buddy, Jason. We flew out a couple of days early since Jason had never been to Yosemite National Park. I thought we should remedy that. We even ran into my friend and mentor, Michael Frye, at the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining after we figured we wouldn’t be able to meet up! I love it when that happens.

Jason and I spent just over 24 hours seeing many of Yosemite’s popular attractions before heading back north to shoot a wedding this weekend on a farm near wine country. We also made a quick detour to Reno – a pilgrimage, you might say. So here’s our trip (thus far) in photos, some on iphone and others with the D700. Hope you are all having a great weekend!


the giant bunny at the sacramento airport is about to pounce on jason’s head

requisite stop at taqueria la estrella in manteca (carnitas taco and chile relleno)

made it to yosemite just before sunset

sunrise over half dome

“peace out, suckers!” at glacier point

fallen giant sequoia at mariposa grove

checking out the tree rings

“peace out, suckers!” at the grizzly giant (sequoia tree)

“peace out, suckers!” at el capitan

“peace out, suckers!” at olmstead point

“peace out, suckers!” at tuolumne meadows

self-portrait in my tent

“peace out, suckers!” at the whoa nellie deli/mobil gas station

we made a detour to the patagonia outlet in reno

“peace out, suckers!” at the patagonia outlet

lunch at in-n-out burger


19 nibbles at “business trip”

  1. irenalana says:

    Nice pictures

  2. sweetmaddy says:

    very cute! thank you for posting a pic of in n out, i miss it so!

  3. Kristin says:

    Well all righty then! I feel totally peaced out!

  4. Kirsten@My German Kitchen...in the Rockies says:

    You hit my teens three top favorites. Yosemite, Patagonia and in-n-out burger. They will love your post, too!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Wait… why no “peace out, suckers!” at In n Out?

  6. J.R. says:

    These photos make me want to go back to Yosemite so much! Thank you tremendously for all of your wonderful writing, beautiful photographs, and excellent recipes!

  7. John says:

    You got me on “peace out, suckers!” at the patagonia outlet. I had let my guard down. Shame on me.

  8. Margie says:

    You spoil us!

    Beautiful scenery…loved the self portrait.

    (Made that pie today. Oh. My. Gosh! I’m doing the pumpkin cake after I burn off my muffin top.) ;)

  9. Tina Degenhardt says:

    On my Bucket List.,for now the pics are satisfying my urge.Love the giant sequoia .Made the pumpkin cake .It did not rise properly so I only had 2 layers.I suspect it was the baking powder since I purchased it@ a health food store (no date).Thanks for sharing.

  10. Val says:

    Yosemite, Patagonia and In-n-Out. Oh. You complete me. It has been over 20 years since I have seen Half Dome. Yosemite is such a remarkable corner of the world. Great post!

  11. Jill says:

    Good food, good friend, good weather, sounds like a good trip! Peace out!

  12. Erin says:

    dying laughing. You two are a riot. can’t wait to see the wedding photos. It sounded like fun!

  13. Denise Dewire says:

    Hey Jennifer…I just finished today a workshop of the Eastern Sierras with Michael Frye. Staying one more day in Lee Vining and heading south to home. Isn’t that Whoa Nellie Deli the best! The fall colors were fantastic. You are just missing a storm heading to the area tonight. They’ll probably close Tioga Pass Road!
    Love you blog!

  14. Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    What a lovely trip. Can’t you believe I’ve never been to Yosemite and I’ve lived in SF for 14 years, lol. Love your pics – the suckers series. :)

  15. Shirley says:

    Hi Jen, I hope you had a safe trip back to CO. So, is that just a cheeseburger from In-N-Out. *tsk tsk* I would have thought y’all would both tackle a 4×4 animal style. <3

    I love the Peace Out shots!

  16. megan says:

    awesome pictures!!
    hiking in beautiful creation and good food- what a nice combo :)
    will you be posting wedding photos? i’d love to see them as well!

  17. Rocky Mountain Woman says:

    peace out!

  18. Mrs Ergül says:

    Pleasantly surprised to see so many photos of you in one post! Keep ’em coming!

  19. jenyu says:

    Kristin – ha ha!! :)

    Kirsten – I have a feeling that your teens are pretty awesome kids!

    Stephanie – it was really busy when we got there and with so much traffic I feared something (either us or my camera and tripod) would get squashed by a car ;)

    J.R. – you’re so sweet.

    John – LOL!!

    Tina – sorry about the cake! :( If you are at sea-level make sure to use the baking powder amount listed for sea-level and not the one in parentheses which is for my altitude. xo

    Erin – next time it’s your turn to hit CA with me!

    Denise – isn’t Michael terrific? Hope you had a great workshop with him and learned heaps. Thanks for visiting!

    Linda – you need to get out there, woman!

    Shirley – it was a single animal style :)

    megan – they’re up in the next posts!

    Mrs Ergül – that’s probably the biggest bunch of them that you’ll see in one post ;)

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