It’s been many years living in California, never having made the trip to one of our state’s most beautiful national parks; Yosemite. Well, this last weekend (1/1/17-1/3/17) the courage was finally built up to kick off the new year right. Passing through the many desolate valleys and farmlands of California, one begins to wonder if something we’ve never even seen is worth the endless miles of traffic. The image of endless stretches of dusty gray tarmac begins to burn into the backs of one’s retinas with each passing telephone pole. And perhaps this is the main reason it seems like the road to get to a new place takes longer than the return trip; where we’re later fueled by motivation that we get from the desire of reaching the comforts of home. Here there was only heavy reliance on shreds of hope to make it to an unknown Yosemite Cedar Lodge.
But, alas! The surrounding mountains began to give hope of something more, with their snow encrusted peaks rising high into the clouds. The sound of the babbling river at the banks below eased one’s mind along the narrow curving roads. And further into the valley of the park it was snowing! Soft tiny white powders floated down upon a rich mossy green landscape. I can now say, having traveled to many northern parts of Cali, it is definitely a trip worth making! Here is a small glimpse of Yosemite through my eyes…
Below pictures taken with a cell phone camera:
The greatest fear before embarking on this journey, had been the difficulty of navigating the park and getting lost (especially without any cell signal!). But the park is made to be easily driven through (sticking to the tourist routes; backpacking alone is a different story), scenic landmarks are numerical and maps and visitor information centers are never too far away. Unfortunately, a lot of Yosemite is closed during the winter season (such as restaurants and most roads like the one to get to glacier point, boo) meaning a lot of the park was not seen. I can only imagine even greater beauty when those roads aren’t covered by ice! I will definitely be back for more seasonal photo taking! The hardest part is starting the journey… so get out and go!
This last Saturday (12/17/16) consisted of an adventurous Christmas donation event for Rady’s Children’s Hospital hosted by 2m Autowerks. Many toys were donated at 2m; the initial meetup located off of Commerce Avenue. As steaming coffee was provided along with sweet frosted donuts from Dunkin’s, people gathered in the small lot chattering excitedly about BMW’s and their plans for theirs. It was soon time to Caravan to Julian. Engines roared to life as people hastily rushed to the front of the car line. Having brought the only JDM vehicle (my partner in crime), the 2-4-oh, I made sure to stay towards the rear. We were off! BMW’s blazed through the streets, a few other makes and models coursed through such as a Mustang, Camaro and even a smart car… Here’s a small view of the event through my eyes…
After taking a pause at Dudley’s Bakery where more photography took place and the meeting of new people, the drive ensued through Julian and around Lake Cuyamaca. Spits of ice and snow dotted the brown grasses and rocky cliff sides along the roads as flocks of scavenging turkeys scurried for cover. Luckily it was my slow car that encountered a pair of deer crossing the road as I hurried to catch up with the line of cars who had sped through the same large turn just moments before. The drive ended back in San Diego at Ballast Point Brewery off of Old Grove Road. Once there, a much needed Wahoo White with a Mai Tai shot was happily enjoyed. ‘Twas a successful toy drive with 2m and the chill bimmer crowd this Christmas season! How did you donate this year?
This last Saturday (7/30/2016) was spent on the hot tarmac of Qualcomm’s expansive parking lot. Only a true car enthusiast would tolerate waiting in the ever intensifying heat; a dreary view of a line of cars snaking endlessly ahead. Once past the security check however, the energy buzzes once more as competitors feverishly wipe down their cars before the real sweltering sun hour strikes down. A car show consisting of variety, locals, socializing, vendors, legal racing and awesome rides… Here is a portion of EAF through my eyes:
Today (June 25, 2016) was Cars and Coffee Porsche Day at the Lot in La Jolla. Despite driving down Fay Avenue somewhat out of place in the 240, on lookers gawked; eyes hungrily scanning for even greater uniqueness. Both young and old lined the sidewalk in huddles of bound energy amidst the street parked Porsches. Upon reaching the front of the chic Mediterranean restaurant and outdoor patio, it was apparent that the camera was going to be an issue… Here is just a peak at CnC La Jolla through my eyes as I sadly made the rookie mistake of not bringing a back up battery!
There will be another CnC La Jolla next month; I have provided a link to their event page. Look out for their updates! Will definitely be returning for more!http://carsandcoffeelajolla.com/
Sunday September 6th was the day of SoCal Euro 2015! A vendor car show designated for enthusiasts of European cars as well as the vendors appealing to these makes and models. There were plenty of bimmers, imports trickled throughout the parking lot… and what most came for; clean exotics that don’t need much else other then their presence… and perhaps a quick rev ear job! Here are some images of SoCal Euro through my eyes: