This summer we took a great road trip to California. We visited several friends, and several national parks. I love these kinds of trips.
The main attraction on this trip was Yosemite National Park. Being military, we can get a free annual pass to all the national parks and other federal lands. We love taking advantage of this benefit. On the way to Yosemite we drove around Lassen National Volcanic Park.
Yosemite is a beautiful park. We camped there several nights, hiked, visited the cemetery (only I was actually interested in this part), saw a movie about the history, went to the museums, and saw some of the iconic sights like Half Dome and El Capitan. I took lots of panoramic photos (be sure to click on the photos to view them larger).
After hitting up the main part of Yosemite Valley we drove to the other side of the park to visit the Tuolumne River and meadows. Then we left the park and visited Mono Lake, and camped at Trumbull Lake. We had the best spot in the camp I think, right outside the tent was a view of the lake and mountain.
Then we drove back up north along Lake Tahoe, and then in to Oregon. We stopped in at Crater Lake and happened to run into a friend there. Then passed by Mt Hood on the way to the Columbia River Gorge (I love the gorge). We made a quick stop at Multnomah Falls (this being the anniversary of the bridge). And then headed for home.