Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls. We were lucky to view them after a full 24 hours of rain. Spectacular! We had the opportunity to hike the valley, meadows, and mountain sides and view the ancient giant sequoias.
Our October 2010 travels took us from Reno, Nevada south to Lee Vining, California where we would pick up the Tioga Pass Road into Yosemite. We stayed overnight at Lakeview Lodge, set the alarm clock for 5:00 a.m. to head out to witness the sun illuminate the mountains and tufas as it rose across the lake.
Mono Lake is located in California’s spectacular Eastern Sierra. It contains chlorides, carbonates, and sulfates. It is alkaline, with a pH of 10 – almost three times as salty as the ocean. The spectacular structures are called tufa columns. Click here to read the story of Mono Lake.