Along The Eastern Sierras
Over the summer, I’d read about a popular day hike through the Eastern Sierras that I was dying to do. It was just a few miles from Lee Vining, off highway 120 near the gates to Yosemite National Park. It sounded like the perfect excuse for a camping trip if you ask me.
Jesse and I managed to convince two of our friends to join us, so we loaded up our rental Jeep (with the worst gas mileage known to man) and headed to a secluded campground for the weekend.
We started out early in the day to give us enough time; our friends were not hikers and the trail is a healthy nine miles. As we gained elevation, we hit deep snow. There were definitely moments where we didn’t know which way to go. There were no trail markings, no visible footsteps, and no people in sight. So instead; we took a few moments to build snowmen, throw snowballs, and go sledding on our bums – in shorts and t-shirts, mind you!
Eventually we found our way, traversing past lakes, mountains, and some of the most gorgeous sights I have ever laid eyes on. The turquoise waters, green grass, and snow-capped mountains were like something from a postcard.
We finished our hike around 5 p.m., and both of our friends were totally exhausted. A ten mile hike is quite the trek for a beginner, not to mention the constant dodging of snowballs they had to do! But we were able to head back to our campground before nightfall and whip up a warm meal and fire.
As I look back at these photos many months later, I’m still in awe at the sights we saw along this hike. The Eastern Sierras are truly an under-appreciated place with some of the most magnificent scenery California has to offer.
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Marlena Steiner is a curious photographer exploring the world and seeking more than just a pretty picture. Nature is her main source of inspiration — watching the flowers bloom and leaves unfold. A hopeless romantic and a classical romantic; in love with the natural world, how it functions, and the people who live in it. She photographs with all of her heart, with an intent to show people how much beauty is in this world. To delve into more of Marlena's stories and photography, visit her website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.