Michael O. Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker whose photography has been featured in outlets such as the Guardian, the Washington Post, NPR, the Washingtonian, PS: Political Science & Politics, and others. His work has won numerous awards includingBest Environmental Film(Canada International Film Festival),Best Documentary Feature (Blackbird Film Festival), and theSir Edmund Hillary Award (Mountain Film Festival).
The Pizza Deck in Yosemite National Park sells beer for $30 a pitcher—a rip off in almost any situation, and I candidly told the bartender as much. Back at the tent site, my wife, brother, sister, and her boyfriend packed their gear in preparation for the next day’s hike. This was, admittedly, an odd choice for a honeymoon. Rather than doze on a beach, I’d asked my siblings to join my wife and me on the John Muir Trail, one of the most remote and challenging sections of wilderness hiking in the US. Named for the father of our national parks system, the trail crosses only one road in its 215-mile course through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Muir called them his “Range of Light.”