So back to the road trip my friends and I took around California and back to Yosemite Valley for today's photo. When we planned our trip I don't think we considered that Yosemite was up around 6000ft so we duly ignored any cold weather preparations. When we arrived the air was cool and the sun was out so we weren't all that bothered about the thought of a cold night - even after the receptionist informed up we were "completely unprepared" and handed us an extra 4 blankets each our mindset still didn't change. That was soon to change.
I don't think I have ever been so cold in my life. Ever! Over night the temperature dropped to around -10C. Even with a solid beer coat around me I shivered all night and I don't think I got any sleep. Likewise with my friends. I had one sheet and blanket below me and three were on top. I was wearing a pair of jeans, two pairs of socks, two t-shirts and a jumper and it meant diddly squat - I was still the coldest I've ever been.
This photo is of the huts we stayed in at Curry village (they had no insulation), which is the only remaining guest facility with ties to the Curry Family who created the first accommodations in Yosemite Valley back in the mid-1800's. There is still a gate there that says "Welcome" one side and "Farewell" on the other, that used to greet visitors 100 years ago.
Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f11, 1/40, ISO 100