Kenny’s Lunchtime Walk in Yosemite

Are you familiar with Kenny’s Lunchtime Walk in Yosemite? If you have an Instagram account, you can find a collection of breathtaking Yosemite photos by searching with hashtag #kennyslunchtimewalk. If you are not an Instagrammer, you can see some of the photos on our Pinterest board, “Kenny’s Lunchtime Walk in Yosemite“. But what exactly is Kenny’s Lunchtime Walk and who is Kenny?

Kenny Karst is the Integrated Marketing Manager for DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite. He has lived and worked in Yosemite Valley for thirteen years and he also happens to be a professional sports photographer. In the spring of 2014, Kenny began sharing photos from his daily lunch walk with us to post on the DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Instagram account and we called them “Kenny’s Lunchtime Walk in #Yosemite”. It’s enough that Kenny’s photos of his daily walks in Yosemite Valley are stunning, but soon enough, followers began asking, “Who is Kenny?” To answer that question, we hosted a giveaway on Facebook: Lunch With Kenny in Yosemite. The randomly selected winner from 140 applicants won a free night’s stay in Yosemite lodging by choosing Curry Village or Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and lunch with Kenny in the Ahwahnee Dining Room.

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Today, contest winner Deb and her son Derek participated in Kenny’s Lunchtime Walk prior to having lunch at The Ahwahnee. Viewing Yosemite in all of its fall glory, Kenny guided Deb and Derek down the bike path toward Mirror Lake and Backpackers Campground on the east end of Yosemite Valley. After walking and photographing the sunny fall morning, all three headed for the famous Ahwahnee Dining Room.

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Deb had this to say about her experience: “Thank you so much for the wonderful walk and lunch! Derek and I were honored to be your first “Kenny’s Walk” recipients. We saw parts of Yosemite that were completely new to us, and the weather was gorgeous. Lunch at the Ahwahanee ‎was delicious, and “Kenny’s Special” dessert was the crowning touch! Best of all, we learned so much from Kenny about Yosemite. It’s also the first time we’ve stayed at Yosemite Lodge, and it’s been thrilling to experience the Valley Floor in a whole new way.”

Though Kenny uses professional equipment for his sports photography, he uses his iPhone 5s for his lunchtime walk photos. He uses Photoshop to minimally process the photos before they get posted to Instagram and shared on Facebook and Twitter. Kenny is also an accomplished musician who plays the trombone in local bands like The Groove Orphans. Kenny’s adult daughter, Renee, also lives and works in Yosemite Valley and you may have seen her contributions to social media, such as an amazing video of a bobcat at Curry Village. Kenny’s favorite spot in Yosemite is Tuolumne Meadows, and he is an avid kayaker who loves to kayak High Sierra lakes like Tenaya Lake in Yosemite. Kenny is a person who loves Yosemite and is lucky enough to live and work in one of America’s most treasured places.

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“Got Snow?” Contest Winners

Star-spangled, carmel corn, candy snowman

Congratulations to our creative snowmen designers who won the “Got Snow?” contest! It’s hard to complain about the beautiful sunny days that we’ve been having lately, but it’s always good to dream up some winter white, and happy snow-people like this one.

First prize, four lift tickets at Badger Pass Ski Area, went to Kathi A. for her star-spangled, carmel corn, candy snowman. Second prize, two snowshoe rentals at Badger Pass, went to Carolina D. for the picture of her lovely “Minne-snow-ta” wedding snow couple made out of rice crispie treats and fondant. Third prize, a Yosemite beanie hat, went to Jackie M. for the creative mini forest snowman and his friend.

Thanks “snow” much everyone!

“Got Snow?” Contest

This is a snowman pizza we created to inspire you. Let's be honest, we enjoyed eating it too!

Now that we have a bunch of snow on the ground, we are starting to see snowmen everywhere! Celebrate snow with our “Got Snow?” contest by creating a multi-tiered snowman using any materials.

Submit a photo of your snowman to contests@dncinc.com by 2/1 at 12 p.m. PST. Multiple entries are welcome. Grand prize is four adult lift tickets at Badger Pass Ski Area, 2nd prize is two snowshoe rentals at Badger and 3rd prize is a Yosemite beanie hat. And once you’re done, wander on over to our Yosemite Facebook page and share your creation there – or just get inspired.