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... grateful for him driving the windy and difficult road into and out of the National Park twice - and stopped off for one final cache at the Oakhurst Talking Bear, which actually talked! Robyn learnt that in dry years like this, bears will self abort so there's little chance of cubs for the next year or two or until the weather becomes drier.
Back home there was a conference on what to do with the last few days before Bill & Margie head home - ...
... we saw some more evidence of recent fire activity with many foot trails closed off and a blackened landscape, all so dry.
When we reached the outskirts of Sacramento, the roads began to straighten and widen into freeways again.
Lunch stop was at Fioris Butcher Shoppe and Deli in a town further south called Lodi where we all enjoyed healthy sandwiches from the large selection available on the menu.
... southwest shore of Mono Lake. The town was named after Leroy Vining, who founded it in in 1852 as a mining camp.
The economy of Lee Vining relies largely on tourism, since it is the closest town to the east entrance of Yosemite National Park. Tourism here is mostly confined to the summer months, because California Highway 120 through Yosemite is closed the rest of the year due to heavy snowfall. This year, after an unusually warm and ...
... east onto CA180 at Fresno. Within about 10 miles, the mountains reappeared in all there splendor. CA-180 turned out to live up to its scenic name, the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. The mountains god very big quickly as out elevation rose from less that 1000 ft to over 7000 ft and then up and down between 5000 ft and 7000 ft a few times over the next 60 miles to the Kings Canyon Visitors Center.
It took us a while to understand these ...
... we waited a few minutes, there was sure to be one going the other way. So we chickened out and took the shuttle for the last 5 miles. Once we were on the shuttle, it was apparent that the road had been resurfaced just past where we were, and that all the switchbacks were inland, with only one sharp curve on the edge of a drop-off. We could've done it on the bike after all.
Glacier Point was all it was cracked up ...