Tioga Lodge at Mono Lake
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... back across with the many people commuting on their bikes. What a way to get to work every day.
By the time I got back the kids were still asleep! We managed to collectively come too and decided we wanted to see a bit more of San Francisco before heading out.
We decided to go to the farmers markets at the main ferry terminal. We drove down and were hoping for an experience similar to Granville Island. All along the main concourses ...
... by the Merced River, with sheer granite cliffs 3,000 ft high on both sides. El Capitan and Half Dome are the most prominent rock formations. It's hard to believe people actually climb these peaks, but we saw someone making an attempt. Our 1st short hike was out to part of the river. We saw some birds and squirrels. We then drove to the parking lot and took the shuttle to the visitors center. There we saw some park history, wildlife exhibits and picked up information ...
... for his black and white photographs taken in Yosemite Park. Looking through the information paper Gill spotted that on Tuesday afternoons there is a 4 hour photography course titled `Walking in the footsteps of Ansel Adams`. Well it was too good a chance to miss as we would only be here for the whole day on Tuesday. It was meant to be so Gill and Sheila both signed up for the course with Michael who would be leading it. Hopefully the weather would improve ...
Early start this morning to get to Yosemite. Gentle drive through wine country - can believe how many vineyards there are! Napa valley has amazing scenery. Dawid takes to the wheel, bless these freeways aren't an easy drive with all the lorries and trucks. As Trevor has kindly calculated at which point we should swap drivers, I have almost stopped on a 7 lane motorway as I was reminded 3 times that I was already driving for 1h 15 min and went over my allowance!!! Lunch today ...
... upside down house.
It's cute and tiny and worth a photo opportunity if passing through.
Lee Vining is right on Mono Lake and
famous for it's Tufa. These are formed when alkaline waters are
saturated with calcite. The lake levels are low so we could walk
around lots of them. Often they are partially submerged. They're
quite spectacular and interesting to stop for an hour.
After that we drove ...