Sunrise at Dewey Point
Recuperate.  Regroup.  Re-energize.  That was the theme I set for summer 2013, and Yosemite National Park is a great place for pursuing such objectives.  I was able to make a brief visit from June 4-7.  This proved a pretty good time to visit; the spring flowers were out, I missed the Memorial Day crowd, and as some kids were still in school it was not as crowded as it will be later in the summer.  A little earlier might have allowed me to see some of the water trickles coming down the rock behind the Ahwanhee Hotel—they had mostly dried up—and I didn't make it to the giant sequoias, but all in all it was a good trip.  Yosemite is still the one.    
     I left Los Angeles at 5:55 a.m. in hopes of obtaining a camping space at Camp 4 in the Valley.  By the time I arrived the campground was full, as was every camping space in the Valley.  I ended up staying at a National Forest Service campground near the Tioga Pass entrance, and this provided good access to the Tuolumne Meadows area.  I did visit the Valley a couple of times and saw some of the attractions there; it
s a bit of a zoo and on one day the temperature reached 97 degrees.  On my trip I did one overnight, to Dewey Point.  Having not been camping for some years, my gear and supplies were not as good as they should have been, and I was concerned about rain and also uncertain about my capabilities for medium and longer hikes.  In retrospect, I should have made it a longer trip and done less in the Valley and more overnights or hikes in the high country.
     I did take some photos using my Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens and a traditional UV filter to protect the lens.  Most of these are shown mostly full frame with no or very minimal editing in the pages that follow.  A few of the images are repeated to illustrate different points.

Tenaya Lake