This cute little [european vacationers?] family was the only group that beat us down to the early morning silence that was Mono Lake. I had run into them the night before when we were all checking in to the roadside motel. They were pondering whether to stay there or go ahead and drive thru to Yosemite that night. The guy asked, "Is there anything actually to see here?" And I nonchalantly (ha!) replied, "Well, there is Mono Lake ..." and gave them all the pertinent sunrise information.
They loved it there. I loved it there. Sunrise at Mono Lake is sublime.
So, the irony? The irony is that my favorite picture that I took that morning (which was of them, by the way) walked away with them ... on their dinky little PINK camera without a viewfinder that fired off a dinky little flash. Geesh. All my expensive gear. All my research and education and time and money spent these last three years. And my favorite picture at Mono Lake, taken on a point and shoot... :-}
So my tip of the day: don't despise the equipment you have. Just go take lots of pictures!!!