A wonderful time with my mom, and nice weather for most of it.
The diverse beauty of Yosemite, the high Sierra Nevada mountains, Mono Lake, and Lake Tahoe.
The blessing of our trip occuring during the height of autumn color! Makes up for the semi-non-existant one in Minnesota.
Safe travel on windy mountain roads...and the fact that I won't need to do much driving at all for a day or two!