Sorry, I missed the gap in dates. Also, too bad about your hard drive. There are some tricks to getting it running long enough to off-load the data on it. Maybe someone out near you can help you recover the videos.
We have been to Yosemite and Sequoia numerous time, since we have relatives in the Bay Area; and we frequently detour over that way on our trip out to see them. There is some really beautiful country in those National Parks, but just too many people. Being from Arizona, our idea of camping is not parking along side others, like in a Safeway parking lot on Saturday morning. The off-seasons make this a lot more fun, but you've got to watch the weather, as it can turn quickly in the spring and fall.
We travel with our two granddaughters, and we would like to venture out east one of these summers. I just can't stand the thought of driving across Texas! Besides, there is still a lot we haven't seen in the west. We have seen most of the southwest, but hope to make a trip up toward Washington State and Vancouver soon, perhaps next summer.