The tourists are gone, the high country amenities are shuttered (this keeps the tourists away, no coffee or junk food or gas). October is the time to see Yosemite National Park in its full autumn glory. Go, if you can, and let your spirit soar. Take a long hike, or just plunk yourself down on a nice boulder in Dana Meadows or numerous other lovely places. One rule: make yourself hike at least 1/4 mile in some direction away from the road! One day, when my kids are grown and I have no job, I’m going to spend the whole month of October in this small region scratching my backside.
Yosemite’s Dana Meadows near Tioga Pass
Nikon D3 + Nikon 14-24/2.8G