Thanks for all the comments. I couldn't have picked a better first big trip to share with my dad and explore/expand my own limits while soloing the west coast. There isn't a better place on eartth than the USA to love and enjoy for us travellers and active bodies.
Originally Posted by Ratman
Great report, Slugsmasher, (changed name, I guess). your pictures a spectacular. What's your secret/equipment?
Ratman, I have no special equipment. Just a couple old digital cameras and an ultrapod 2. I have an old Canon "IXY" from 2005 I bought in Hiroshima that I think is equivalent to a Canon SD400 Elph series camera. It works really well and is easy to spot meter on stuff. The drawback is it is old and only 5 megapixels.
I also have an Olympus Stylus Tough 3000 which I don't like as much. It works well when you can get it to lock exposure on the correct subject item which is not an easy task sometimes. It is not as easy to set up shots as the Canon.
Seems like the newer digital cameras try to think too much for the user which isn't always a good thing. I'm an old Nikon SLR guy so more manual operations the better. Either way thanks for the comments on my photos.