You know what I’m great at? Taking pictures with my iPhone.
(Not, like, I take great pictures. Just that I’m great at pulling it out and snapping a photo whenever there’s something cool going on in my life. Which there almost always is, because my life is very cool; hence, lots of pictures.)
You know what I’m terrible at? Doing anything with those pictures.
They just sit on my iPhone, amusing me whenever I flip back through them but otherwise not doing a whole lot. God knows I never get them onto Facebook — I think the last major trip or event that I successfully turned into a Facebook “album” (or whatever they’re called) was a Milwaukee museum trip in 2010 or 2011.
By the time I remember to put photos up on Facebook it seems kinda stupid, because it’s not a “Hey, here’s a cool thing I’m doing right now!” update so much as a “Oh, yeah, I did this cool thing a year ago” update, which reduces the “you should give a shit” factor considerably (and it wasn’t all that high to begin with).
So guess what that means? This week you get to suffer through the photodump!
It’s cool, though. I’m mostly picking out the ones that are either funny, beautiful, or weird and interesting, and subjecting you to an absolute minimum of my goofy face. Without further ado:
Part 1: California, Summer 2013
I suspect I cleaned my phone’s memory out for this trip, since it’s where the pile of old photos starts. It was awesome. I went with one of my girlfriends at the time, who realized that the easiest way to secure me as a +1 for a wedding was to offer an excuse for camping. It worked.
Gas, however, was more expensive than I’ve ever seen it:
I suppose those prices are going to look awfully dated in another year or two. Ah well.
Most of it was what you’d think of as the default Yosemite experience: beautiful waterfalls, towering cliffs, and massive crowds on all the day-hike trails.
I think one of my favorite photos from the whole trip is this one, of crystalized sap on a live tree’s rockfall damage:
We were there for a wedding, which is why you get the slightly odd combination of me in a tie and Half Dome in the background:
The wedding couple were big backpackers. Best “Just Married” sign ever:
We took a few days to hike much less populated trails in the Sierra National Forest, where we found wild raspberries:
(We also found a lot of raspberry-seed-filled bear poop, which encouraged us to eat quickly and then get the hell out of the raspberry thicket before someone else came along for a snack.)
And on the way out we had just enough time before our flight for me to nip out and dip my feet in the Pacific Ocean. Good to check that one off the list!
So that was California. Ready to suffer through some more outdated pictures? Stick around, because that’s the plan for this week!
Insert obligatory joke about word count and pictures being worth a thousand here, yadda yadda yadda. You know the drill.