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Brian Goodell
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Olympian, Speaker and Real Estate Professional
Olympian, Speaker and Real Estate Professional

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YouTube video slideshow of our new listing at 34 Hoya Street, Rancho Mission VIejo.

I'm having lunch at Scala's at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel at Union Square with Vicki. Seafood risoto Yum! 

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Great info about the quality of your yogurt!

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Wowzerz... I want to go back! 
Clearing Storm At El Capitan Meadow

Two weeks ago,  I was biting my nails again trying to decide if I should postpone everything I should be working on to make another quick overnight trip up to Yosemite. After checking the weather and seeing that there was a 100% chance of rain and snow on Friday night, I sent a text to my friends in Mariposa, and they graciously told me to come on up.
 
I was about a week earlier than last year, so I was hoping to get much more color on the trees as I felt like I had missed much of the action last year. As I pulled into the valley on Friday afternoon, the leaves were indeed changing all along the valley floor. The maples along the river were bright yellow and the oaks and cottonwoods throughout the park were all about halfway there or more.
 
Even though I was there mostly for the color, I was immediately struck by the incredible contrast that was about to take place over night. The park was absolutely parched and I had never seen the Merced River that low. Yosemite Falls had been dry since June, but now Bridal Veil was also almost completely gone. If you stared long enough, you could barely see a little light mist at the very top. Over the next 24 hours, I had one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in the park, which included a drive to Glacier Point on what may have been the last open day of the season, a short hike down the four mile trail as it began to hail, a thunderstorm, and the incredible Fall colors in the park as the storm broke up mid afternoon on Saturday. As the clouds lifted, the Falls weren't exactly gushing, but they were finally back in action.
 
As Saturday drew to a close, I found myself setting up for the sunset at the tunnel with what looked like every other photographer in the park. I shot for about 20 minutes when suddenly I began to notice that some very nice clouds were setting up behind me and I began to wonder what would happen if I actually walked away from what looked to be a guaranteed epic shot from the tunnel in favor of a view of those clouds lit up in the Western sky instead. As we only had about 30 minutes left until sunset, I thought I would try El Capitan Meadow as I could get there quickly and it also gave me the option to get back to the tunnel quickly if I changed my mind.
 
As I pulled around the corner, I immediately noticed the light on El Capitan and grabbed my two cameras and raced to the middle of the meadow, shooting as I went. I left the tripod in the car as I was in panic mode to get the shot, so this is a hand held bracketed shot taken with the Zenitar 16 mm fisheye.
 
I'm not sure what kind of a view I left back at the tunnel, but it was good for met to get away from my two go-to locations for sunsets, which have traditionally been the tunnel and the Valley View location just before the Pohono Bridge. I took PLENTY of shots from my standard locations throughout the day (Tunnel, 3 brothers, Half Dome from the Merced River bend, Cook's Meadow, etc) but I intentionally tried to find new spots and new angles on this trip, and I'll be sharing more of those in the weeks to come. All in all, it was WELL worth the 12 hour round trip to experience the first storm of the Winter Season in the park. I think I may need to make this a tradition.
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Everything you're running away from is in your head.
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