A winter road trip to...umm, drop off crosscut saws with my sharpener in Calpine. Yeah, right! True, I did drop off a pile of saws with Dolly, but it was the excuse for a winter excursion. The Tioga Road was open for the first time ever after January 1st, and when else would I get a chance to explore the High Country in midwinter without cross country skis or snow cover? And, as it happened, bring a friend to the glories of Yosemite and the East Side!
So: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Olmsted Point, (frozen) Tenaya Lake, (frozen) Dana Fork Tuolumne River, (frozen) Ellery Lake, (frozen) Lee Vining Falls, Mono Lake South Tufa, Panum Crater, Travertine Hot Springs, and the grandeur of high desert backroads on the California.Nevada border!
The weather was mostly sunny and cold, morning in Lee Vining was icy fog. Total driving mileage about 650 miles.
Giant Sequoia in Tuolumne Grove
Tenaya Lake - East
Tenaya Lake - West
Mono Lake Fog
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Secret Pool Vista
600x800 (120K), 800x1100 (210K)
Area maps, route in blue
Detailed Map (270K)
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