My Journeys

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Hundreds of pictures of your dogs and finally a picture of you.

I spent some time around Tahoe about 15 years ago. Loved the area but not liking how California has changed lately.


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Can't even come up with words anymore...that help me describe the captive beauty of the places you've been. Sure am thankful that you take the time to post these great views and moments of your journey. Hard to believe it's only been 400 days...your travels have been amazing for that length of time.

Brian.
 
Ace.....I'm guessing most everyone loves dog pics.....me, not so much.....

Brian.....I sure do appreciate your kind feedback and it just makes it that much easier to do when I hear stuff like that. Thank you.....

So we finally left Lake Tahoe, drove east to Carson City, Nevada for supplies, and then south on Highway 395, returning to California once again. Mono Lake is absolutely gorgeous when you approach from the north and descend the mountains....

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We hung out here for a few hours, hoped to overnight here, but found that overnighting in this area is prohibited.....

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Apparently the City of Los Angeles controls this area and the lake, and has been sucking this lake dry for decades.....and now they're in the process of trying to restore it somewhat over a 20 year period.....

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We moved on and just beyond the southern shores of Mono Lake we departed Highway 395, turned west onto Route 120, and here we did find a spot just within the boundaries of the Inyo National Forest. Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains lay ahead of us.....

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As night fell, we were the only camper parked here (elevation 7,711').....and I thought maybe this isn't such a good spot (legal). I awoke to this.....

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I thought I'd done a fair job of following the great weather so far but it was 4 degrees when I stepped out the door that morning! Too damn cold for me and my camper batteries.....the cold weather finally caught us.....

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An early morning scence just before we entered Yosemite National Park.....

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Crossing the park on Route 120 is such a grand drive. We passed over Tioga Pass (9,943'), and later on we crossed a controlled burn (which would affect the skies a few days later).....

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And then we dropped down into the canyons of Yosemite.....surrounded by the rock cliffs.....

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We had no reservations for a campsite here so at 10:00 a.m. we signed up on a waiting list and ended up being number 22 on the waiting list. At 3:00 p.m. we headed over to the campground to see if we would get lucky enough to get a spot.....they had 22 cancellations so we were in. We drove the valley floor in awe of the huge rock walls.....

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One day I hiked to the top of Vernal Falls (5,044').....

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What an incredible place.....

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Another day I hiked to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls (6,526'), and beyond. It was a killer hike with a total elevation gain of 2,559'.....the river above the falls so beautiful.....

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And the best warning signs ever.....

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Looking out over Yosemite Valley.....

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And a hike to Mirror Lake (4,094').....unfortunately a light snow pack has left the lake dry.....

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We saw very little wildlife during our stay here. We did have one black bear come into the campground early one morning. Unfortunately the rangers scared it away before I had a chance to observe it. But it was all good.....

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A three day weekend and a National Park free day on Sunday told me it was time to move on.....so many cars.....so many people.....

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