Both @lovealwayspriscilla and i had had a really lazy day on friday and were looking to do something big on saturday. the following morning we told eachother that we would leave our place by 9am and that we couldn't return to the tent until 9pm. we wanted a full 12 hour day. so at breakfast saturday morning i asked priscilla what she wanted to do and she was like, "i want to rappel off something." i personally wanted to go to tuolumne, so we set our sights on an overhanging rock that i'd been eyeing above tenaya lake. we drove out and picked up some hitchhikers on the way, whom we dropped off at tenaya so they could hike to clouds rest. the closest parking lot to the overhanging rock was at olmstead point. we dropped the car off there, filled our bags with climbing gear and a plethora of jackets, and started walking off into the mountains. the hike went smoothly and we found our way to the summit in a little under an hour and about 2 hours before sunset. we set everything down and i rigged the rappel for the following morning. as i finished setting everything up the sun began to turn red and one of the most amazing sunsets i've ever seen spanned across the horizon. the last light pitered out over mount hoffman and we set up our tent for the night. we didn't sleep exactly where this photo was taken, about 30 feet over was a perfect level sand bed. this was the best framing for a photo though, so we staged it there for a bit. we turned into bed at 7:50 after the small fire we made sizzled out. it was the earliest i've been to bed in months. i guess in the end we didn't manage to have a full 12 hour day. we found ourselves in a tent after just 10, but i'm willing to cut us some slack because the next morning was epic.
Fellow photographer and clickin moms member liz hargrave lost her husband james, a volunteer firefighter, in the line of duty while fighting wild fires in alberta, canada. james leaves behind liz and their four very young children. james was a proud volunteer firefighter, rancher, and steward of the land. as photographer’s, we acknowledge that “we are keepers of the memories, a sacred trust given by one who has journeyed on.” - glenda stansbury. we keep james in our memory through images that honor his heroism and love of the land. #inmemoryofjames ⠀