Yosemite National Park

Try all you want, you'll never find a place like Yosemite. Last week was just my second time to the park, and the whole time there, I kept questioning why? It's only a 7 hour drive from San Diego. The trip was great. One of those times where everything seemed to add up. The weather was great.The hikes were amazing, Perfect visibility. And the best part, there were barely any people there at all. We hiked up to Glacier Point one day, which took about 6 hours round trip, and we might have seen 10 people? Note to self: mid-week in the middle of winter is the time to go. Much more to come next week  from the hike up to Glacier Point. Stay tuned. 

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Rob Hammer

Niagra Falls

On New Years Day, I was driving through upstate New York on my way back to San Diego. And found myself close enough to Niagra Falls that I shouldn't pass it up. Why not? Had never been there before, and figured it was a good time to cross it off the list? My expectations weren't that high, as I sort of expected it just to be a tourist trap. And it was definitely that, but it also couldn't have been more impressive. I had heard that the place to see it is from the Canada side, which I did. The power was amazing. As you walk in, you're eye level with the huge river of water that takes the turn into the falls. Then you keep walking, and you're right at the end of the falls where everything drops. And it's almost impossible to wrap your head around how big it is and how much water is flowing over the falls as any given moment. A very cool thing to see.  If you ever find yourself in that area, put in the extra effort to stop in. Depending on the time and day of the week, crossing the border is not bad at all. Well worth it. 

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Rob Hammer