Fall 2010. Mineral King loop in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
5 days 4 nights of backcountry beauty. Strenuous climbs and elevation changes every single day, but rewarded with incredible views and staggering beauty every minute too. The park ranger stationed about half way through the loop told my friends and I that the Little and Big Five Lakes are some of the few remaining pristine lakes in California that one is able to drink directly out of without the fear of bacterial and other harmful contamination (she added that she has been drinking out of it all summer with no problems).
Below are only a small collection of the whole trip. Captions to come. I brought my first DSLR (Canon Rebel XT / 350D) along with the Tamron 17-50mm and Canon 55-250mm. The camera body may be a bit old even at that point, but still packs a mighty punch in delivering the image quality that still surpasses nearly all point-and-shoot cameras of today (should probably say at the time of writing, I suppose!).