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Yosemite Valley 360’s: 02 (final).

Thumbnail image of CA Hwy 120, just East of Yosemite's Lee Vining gate.

The above 360 was captured on the side of CA Hwy 120, outside of Yosemite, on the way to Lee Vining, and not too far from the gate. (Sorry for the wordy location remarks. All of my images are geotagged with GPS coord’s but I have not found an efficient nor practical way to share that with you within WordPress.) There are at least two waterfalls, that i could see, in the ravine. There was access into the valley at the bottom of the hill. Again, we needed more time to explore!

Thumbnail image of Mono Lake, South Tufa, shoreline.

Above is my favorite view of the South Tufa at Lake Mono. It is highly accessible and anyone can get to this particular spot. I just liked it because of the way the tufa close in around you. Unfortunately, you can see a lot of erosion caused by selfish and irresponsible people — it is a shame. The park service charges $3 per adult to enter but that’s not going to help repair broken tufa. :cry:

Thumbnail image of the inside of a Camp Curry, basic, tent cabin.

This last one is something of a joke: “Beware the sleeping bears!” ;) But I really wanted to capture the feel of our Camp Curry tent cabin. In hindsight, I should have done another 360 to show the outside and the rest of Camp Curry… next time. It was very comfortable. Bedding and extra blankets are provided. Each tent cabin has its own bear safe food locker. There is electricity wired up: you can plug-in to recharge or run your geek gear. Toilets and showers are separated and communal (just like kid time summer camp). :) It is not the cheapest way to camp in Yosemite Valley but it was convenient and a nice compromise.

Yosemite Weekend: Day 1.

Thumbnail image of Lake Tenaya.

We spent the past weekend in and around Yosemite National Park. I was pretty young the last time my family and I visited. I was again reminded of how awesome that place is! There is a tremendous amount to see. Literally, you can spend a lifetime exploring and still not see everything! (Never mind a weekend…) New to me was the town of Lee Vining and Mono Lake. (The two food shots were eaten there.) Also spectacular! However — “more time” — was my mantra this weekend.

Our drive from Santa Clara is about 5 hours (Google maps says less than 4 but that is baloney). The distance is only about 200 miles; once you hit the twisties on CA Hwy 120/Tioga Pass: traffic and a cautious pace are what slow you down. It is a fantastic drive though, if you enjoy driving. ;)

I have too many words to describe our relatively brief experience. SO, please view my photos instead (click on the image above). I also have a gallery for, “Day 2”, coming soon. Next time we need to stay for at least a week! (Travel Buddies, you feelin me? One word: RV!) :mrgreen: