I was in California for two weeks in May of 2014. I rented a car and drove 4000 km beginning in San Francisco heading northward through the Sonoma wine region. Then I kept close to the coast and passed through Eureka, Mendocino, and ventured into the redwood forests. Turning eastward I stopped to hike in Lassen Volcanic park for a day and then skipped over the sate line into Nevada to spend a night in the casino's of Reno. I drove in the east entrance to Yosemite Park and viewed the spectacular scenery of the park for two days and then continued on through Big Sequoia park and down into L.A. where I caught up with an old friend of mine who put us up for the night. Leaving L.A. I headed northward up coastal highway 1 passing through Monterey and Carmel by the sea and then headed back to San Francisco. It was a great trip. I love California and one day hope to live there. On this trip I also discovered that respectable HDR imagery is quite possible shooting hand held if you're steady enough. I brought my Canon 5D Mark III and a my 24-15 f/4.0 L, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L, and 70-200 f/2.8 II L lenses and post processed the HDR images with Photomatix. You can click on any image to enlarge it to full screen.