Finally, after many years I have made it back to Hope Valley for fall colors! We left really late, but at least got to spend the entire afternoon there. It was glorious! We first just stopped on the side of the road next to the river. The water was cascading over the big boulders and it was surrounded by Aspen trees in bright yellow. My son was having a blast throwing rocks in to the river. He could care less about the foliage. My husband was just happy to be outside and I was so excited to be photographing the most amazing time of year! If you haven’t seen my nature and landscape section please check it out or follow me on Instagram @kelly_hows_naturephotos.
After we explored the banks of the river we headed to Pickett's Junction to have lunch. It was a nice breezy day so I rolled down the windows to get some air because we ate in the car. When I went to start the car the battery was dead. I had left the ignition on while we were eating! I was so disappointed in myself. Normally we have jumper cables and tools in the car, but for whatever reason we didn’t this time. My husband was thoroughly embarrassed because he works on cars and normally always brings all that stuff with him. Unfortunately there’s no cell reception there either. We asked everyone in the parking lot if they had jumper cables and no one did. Thankfully because there were so many people up there that day we didn’t have to wait too long to find someone. A man with a truck drove in the lot and it looked like a work truck. We decided he probably had them and flagged him down. He did! He was more than happy to help us. We got it started and we were on our way. I can tell you I will be more aware of that next time.
We stopped at a beautiful spot beside the highway where there were giant groves of aspen trees. There were a few other people there, but we decided to hike in a little to get better nature photos. It was well worth it and I got some pretty decent photographs. Towards the end of our wandering I started to think we were on someone’s property. We kept coming across cow patties and downed barbed wire fencing, which looked brand new, so we decided to head back. I tried experimenting with lighting on some of the trees on the way back just because ! thought the shape was cool. This is what happened.
Once we got to the car it was getting pretty chilly. I could have stayed longer, but decided it was better to head back. I took the long way back to Placerville as my husband had never been over Cason pass. If you’ve never been down highway 89 I suggest taking a drive, there’s lots of lakes and vistas to see. I hope I can go back every year because its different and stunningly gorgeous no matter if I got back to the exact same spot every time.