After missing the peak foliage season last year, I more than made up for it during my visit last Thursday and Friday. Up well before dawn and on the road with my large Peets coffee. I witnessed a glorious sunrise over the sloughs and estuaries above Suisun and Grizzly Bays, feeling that giddy delight of the early moments of a road trip. Rush hour traffic through Sacramento brought me back to earth, but the elation resumed as I reached the Sierra foothills, especially the beauty east of Placerville.
Once in the Tahoe area, I spent time on Thursday afternoon and evening exploring and photographing the area around the Mt. Tallac Trailhead and Taylor Creek. On Friday morning, I was again up before dawn so I could drive to Hope Valley where the beauty of the aspens around the Carson River, highway 88 and Carson Pass never fails to inspire. Please enjoy the gallery I put together from those two days. And let’s hope for a long wet rain and snow season for Northern California.