Yes I am back. Went to Emigrant- will do a TR soon. As to why, it is a short drive for me, had a lot of off-trail, I had been in the area before but did not get good photos. Not sure if it was just that trip, the area not easy to photograph, or just my laziness last trip on trying to get photos. The trip was an odd balance of in and out days on a very crowded popular trail, and then three days seeing not a single person. A lot of my early season trips, now that I am getting older, are testing myself. The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne trip was basically a test of big elevation gains; this trip was a test if I can still do gnarly off-trail. I did make some map-reading errors, but no more than usual. I am doing some big trips in the Wind Rivers this summer and needed to see if my travel plans were still reasonable.
I think many of you misinterpreted what I meant when I said where to go. I have no lack of places I want to go or detailed trip plans! It is the opposite problem- too many trips; not enough time (or money). When I have up to 10 good routes to choose from, I end up with indecision. I am also indecisive in other parts of my life, LOL. I have a dozen good reasons to do "A" as well as a dozen good reasons to do "B". It is a problem of abundance, not dearth. I do not need any more suggestions or where to go; just the ability to decide which one! I have thought about assigning each trip a number then throwing dice. Nevertheless, thanks all for your kind suggestions.
SSSDave- you live in the Bay Area. So does my daughter so I have learned that a dollar to those who live there is not the same as a dollar for those of us in tomato town.