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Yosemite Day 4 and Mono Lake

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

On Day 4 of the trip we left the B & B for the last time. First we went back to a few places to check out preset tents and stuff so my friend could reserve one for early fall. Then we went up the top of the mountains, still in Yosemite, and started the drive toward Mammoth Lake on the other side of the Sierras where we would stay and then hike the next day. We didn't do much hiking up there, because time was short, but we did pass through some awesome areas, stopped and looked at a meadow or two, and had something to eat. Then we drove over the top and out of Yosemite. We later went to Mono Lake, which is not in Yosemite but on the way to Mammoth lake and looked around at the visitor center there.

One of the beautiful meadows on the top of Yosemite. It was cooler up there than it had been lower down where we were the past few days. There is snow pack on some of the mountains around too, and some runoff.

We stopped at a little store on the top at Tuolumne Meadows.

A lot of work was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps on Yosemite and here is a sign that talks about it. When I was in Silver City, NM we had some things also done by this same CCC.

We are talking about the high country here!

A few miles down the road we stopped at the grill to eat and to take some pictures of a meadow there.

Jackets were needed up on the top because is was much cooler.

Then we started down the mountain. At this point we had driven out of Yosemite now and this is forest service land I think.

The scenery changed a lot as we drove from what it had been on the other side of the Sierras. This is the area around Mono Lake, where we went through the visitor center/museum in the building.

From a display inside the museum about the lake

The formations that grow in the lake

I found it so interesting as to what the lake is made up of and how salty and full of alkaline it is. In another place in the museum I saw that no fish can live in the water because of the contents.

After we left there we drove some more until we came to the town of Mammoth Lakes. We had a condo for a couple of nights and tomorrow hopefully I will do a blog about hiking at the Devils Postpile, and also how we followed a little bit of the John Muir trail and at the same time in that area his trail and the Pacific Crest Trail run together so I got to do at least a short distance on the PCT trail. It is a trail that runs from Canada to Mexico including through CA, Oregon, Washington. There is another trail that runs from Georgia to Maine called the Appalachian Trail, which is much more popular than this one or the Continental Divide Trail. The Continental Divide also runs from Canada to Mexico but through various other states including New Mexico. It ran very near where I lived, and when I lived there I did a number of short hikes on trails in the general area.

So, more tomorrow if I don't get too busy or too tired LOL.
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    Such beautiful pictures - It must have been such an amazing vacation! The Appalachian Trail runs through the part of Pennsylvania where I grew up, and I have hiked on that part - in my younger days. Once I had the ambition of hiking the entire trail, but I don't think I will ever do it now.
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    What a gorgeous place to visit. We have salt lakes up here in Canada too. Mostly in Saskatchewan. Funny because you're driving along the highway in summer, yellow fields everywhere, and then what looks like snow appears. It's only as you get closer that you realize they are great expanses of salt. Those mineral formations at the museum were really cool too.
    1724 days ago
    Amazing to see snow capped mountains this late in the year! Wow!!!! Can't wait to see more of your trip! Just beautiful country! Thank you for sharing it!

    1725 days ago
    emoticon So beautiful...what a wonderful trip you are having! emoticon
    1725 days ago
    Just gorgeous. Thank you soooo very much for sharing!

    You are a wonderful photographer.
    1726 days ago
    I will look forward to your thoughts on the John Muir trail, as it is one of the "virtual trails" that my workplace's "Walk this way" program has to choose among. I'm currently virtually hiking a trail in Austrailia, but one of the ones I intend to get to eventually, once I finish this one is John Muir!

    I'm really enjoying your trip! emoticon
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    1726 days ago
    Seeing all of your photo's lets you know why the song "America and America The Beautiful" were written.

    Thank you so VERY much!


    1726 days ago
    So beautiful!
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