Posted by: davepidgeon | November 24, 2009

Have an Ansel Adams Thanksgiving

Yosemite Valley (Feb. 2009)

Yosemite Valley in California beneath a layer of snow. (azdiaz1002 / flickr) http://www.flickr.com/photos/21319006@N02/ / CC BY 2.0

I have some ideas for where you can hike this Thanksgiving weekend, that is unless you prefer to stand in a frigid line outside of Wal-Mart at 4:30 a.m. on Black Friday.

Yeah, me neither.

Backpacker has posted at its Web site my story about the Top 3 places to hike based on Ansel Adams photos – above the Yosemite Valley, Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico (based on the famous moonrise photo) and Denali National Park in Alaska.

The idea behind this article was to look at several Ansel Adams photos and ask – What trails exist there? That’s how I discovered and included the hike to Serpent Lake in New Mexico’s San de Cristo Mountains. If you look at Adams’s most famous photo – Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico – those snow-capped peaks are just begging for people like us to come explore, and the hike I’ve outlined takes you deep into that photo.

Hope you enjoy!

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