I had postponed my eastern Sierra fall colors trip twice already and I was getting anxious. Since I’m on a tight budget, I couldn’t just drive up each weekend and hope. Hearing that the colors have peaked, Since the first few days of the week are harder then the last few days of the week, I reserved the car for Friday. Yes, I had to reserve it because we only have one car and my wife is the “taxi” for the family!
Since Friday was almost a week away, I had lot of time to wait and hope that a storm wouldn’t come in and blow all the leaves away. My wife suggest since she was off on Thursday, I decided that that would work for me too. I struggled with either booking a room or a marathon day trip (remember the budget), I picked a day trip.
Wednesday night I went to bed at 9:30pm and woke up at 1:30am, Thursday morning. Usually I go to bed at that time. Since I wasn’t tired, I think I managed to get 1 or 2 hours of sleep. Took a shower, made my breakfast, lunch, snacks, water for the day….and of course my coffee and left the house at 2am.
I arrived at Convict Lake around 6am and waited in the car until I could see some light. Not familiar with the area, I picked the spillway bridge as my location for the morning. Here is the first picture from that morning…