We spent October in Big Pine, California, a small town (around 2,000 people) near the Eastern Sierras. We chose it for its proximity to various fall color locations and Yosemite, where we camped for a few nights near the end of the month. It has been a long time since we visited Yosemite and it was great to go back. Kara took a watercolor class for two days while Stephen was up getting sunrise shots. On the second to last day, it rained quite a bit in Yosemite Valley. This turned out to be a major issue because our 3-4 hour drive back to Big Pine turned into an eight hour drive since Tioga and Sonora Passes were closed due to snow. It made for a very long day.
We also made a visit to Manzanar, the internment camp where the U.S. government held people of Japanese descent during World War II. Even though it was depressing, we love that they are now restoring and rebuilding parts of the camp to turn it into an educational opportunity.