Mono Hot Springs Resort
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... of reasons. We didn't realise the altitude, 8000 feet, and it was too cold. We had no sweaters or waterproofs and the temperature had gone from mid 70's to mid 50's with rain, and, I got altitude sickness. Yosemite cut short, and the route out changed. We were planning to drive over Tioga Pass, but it's nearly 10,000 feet and I daren't risk it. So were heading the southern route to Death Valley. About 80 miles and two hours longer ...
... which goes into the eastern valley of Yosemite and the backside of Half Dome. We hiked up a granite rocky trail for about 1/4 mile and ended up at a large granite dome overlook. It was a little treacherous for me since I don't like heights (yes I have skydived but that was in my younger youthful days) but I made it up, stayed on the one side and didn't walk to the other side...going down was easy. I am so glad we decided to take this road as it made you feel that ...
... all the fires. Tidbit of info as it takes us about 1 hours to get from Wowona to the valley but back in the late 1800's-1900 it took 8 hours to travel along with changing the 4 horse stage 4 times.
We decided to make the trip to Hetch Hetchy Valley which is in the northern section and it was the section that John Muir loved and fought against the dam that is there (water in reservoir goes to San Francisco). In order to get there we had to go partway thru the ...
... to Yosemite National Park. We didn't quite make it is we are saying in Oakhurst shopping mall tonight and going up there in the morning. It is snowing up there and is said to be very beautiful.
We are currently at McDonalds. Poppy is eating an ice cream while we use the free wifi.
I hope to be able to put photos on tomorrow night once I figure out how to get them off Mercina's iPod.
... program for its members and they call it a "charter". Our flights arrived into Fresno, CA in time to meet the Road Scholar bus, meet our lovely driver Monica and climb aboard for the one hour drive to the ECCO conference center in Oakhurst, CA.
We arrived in time for a welcome glass of cheer, a delicious dinner and an introductory talk ...